Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Competence Trap

You would think that being good at a lot of things, to a standard better than average, would be a good thing and you would be right, in the main.  It’s very useful to be competent at a lot of … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Seaside Resorts Thriving?

It’s a mystery to me why seaside resorts are not becoming vibrant, thriving, bustling artistic communities filled with creative industries.  Actually, it’s not wholly a mystery.  There are reasons, but my assertion is that the reasons could and should be … Continue reading

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Confidence of Line

I spent an afternoon in the Pompidou Centre, viewing their permanent collection of modern art.  It’s a magnificent collection, well worth seeing, with works by some of my favourite artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Goncharova and Larianov.  Having all … Continue reading

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Life Is Fragile

My grandmother used to crochet.  She would spend hours making granny squares, until they got to be gigantic enough to form lovely, warm, woollen blankets.  All of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have them.  She would crochet in front … Continue reading

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Artisan Bakers and Fraudulent Fakers

One of the real joys in life is a well baked loaf of bread.  The crust, the taste and the texture are something special.  The loaf is not overly laden with yeast or gluten and the crust is crunchy, even … Continue reading

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If History Teaches Us Anything

If history teaches us anything, it is that defeats are rarely final or decisive.  No matter how powerful and seemingly permanent your vanquisher appears to be, even this, too, shall pass. Artists are often on the receiving end of critical … Continue reading

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Pervasive Patterns

When people make shoes, they make them by stretching leather (or other material) over a form, called a “last”.  The idea is that the last is a model, or proxy, for the human foot, but one made of a material … Continue reading

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Off the Grid

I am sitting on the balcony of an apartment that overlooks the sea.  A gentle breeze is wafting over me, the sun is shining, there are white puffy clouds in the sky and I am watching the sailing boats gliding … Continue reading

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An Afternoon at the Orangerie

This afternoon, through chance and happenstance, I revisited a place I had last set foot in almost half my lifetime ago.  As a young man, honeymooning with my lovely new bride in the city of romance, we first visited the … Continue reading

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How Can It Be Better?

OK, some of you might look on this post as self-indulgent and confessional.  Others might be seeing behind the curtain for the first time (in the “Wizard of Oz” sense) and get an interesting (or at least illuminating) glimpse into … Continue reading

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