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Oskar in the garden. June 2018. photo © Jackie Skinner
Glare At The Bad Ones Oskar - Chinagraph Pencil & Oilstick on Paper 42 x 30 cm | 28 January 2020
Oskar's Catalogued Dreaming in the living room.

One month ago today, Oskar my Maine Coon cat unexpectedly died. I was inconsolable, he was beautiful, and a big character and I miss him.

Do grief and creativity mix? Well, I have tried to lose myself in the process and the small sketch above was one idea that came forth. I may produce a larger painting based on it one day.

I collected Oskar’s Catalogued Dreaming yesterday from the gallery and it now has pride of place in my living room.

Namaste Oskar . . .

Strawberry Field (No one I think is in my tree), Liverpool. Monday, 30 September 2019.

ART

William Blake – Tate Britain

Cy Twombly Sculptures – Gagosian, London

Antony Gormley – Royal Academy of Arts, London

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits – Royal Academy of Arts, London

Keith Haring Tate – Liverpool

PV Windows and Floorboards – Rose Wylie, 2014 – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The Liver Building, Liverpool – Laurence Stephen Lowry, 1959, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Bridget Riley – Scottish National Gallery

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage – Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art

Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Lady Lever Art Gallery – Port Sunlight Village, Wirral

BOOKS

Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – Tim Riley

Year Of The Monkey – Patti Smith

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead – Olga Tokarczuk

The Death Of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave

Basquiat A Graphic Novel – Paolo Parisi

MUSIC

After two recent trips to Liverpool I have become a little obsessed with The Beatles! Of course I have always liked them but now I hear them in a different way. Compelling, mesmerising and inspiring I am still

in awe at their brilliance and sit at their feet to absorb creativity! Sitting in Strawberry Field last month was one of those truly profound moments in life.

The Beatles (white album) – The Beatles

Let It Be – The Beatles

Abbey Road – The Beatles

Approximately Infinite Universe – Yoko Ono

Milk And Honey – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Imagine – John Lennon

Crocodiles – Echo & the Bunnymen

Wings Of Desire Soundtrack

Free & Zombie Birdhouse – Iggy Pop

Power To The People And The Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits – Public Enemy

Supper – Smog

Bitches Brew – Miles Davis

FILM/TV

Joker – Todd Phillips

Distant Voices Still Lives – Terence Davies

Werckmeister Harmonies – Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky

As Good As It Gets – James L. Brooks

Ad Astra – James Gray

The Frankenstein Chronicles – Sean Bean

Children Of Heaven ­– Majid Majidi

I Am Ali – Clare Lewins

Nebraska – Alexander Payne

LIKES

Liverpool

The Pen Factory, The Art Bar, The Grapes and Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

Double Fantasy, John & Yoko – Museum Of Liverpool

Patti Smith – Kelvin Grove Bandstand

Linda McCartney Retrospective – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

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Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health exhibition – Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

BBC Radio 4 – Desert Island Discs, Wendell Pierce

Topping and Company Booksellers, Edinburgh

QUOTATIONS

“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...”  – John Lennon

“Nothing is real” – John Lennon

“No one I think is in my tree” – John Lennon

"Art has always been to me a stimulating influence; it has always taught me without upbraiding me; elevated me without humbling me; and appealed to me because of the fact that only the best and truest in art survives... Art can be to everyone an inspiration. It is within the reach of all of us..." – Lever at the opening of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, 16 December 1922

A3 Poster - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

I recently designed another A3 poster for the Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition to be shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh in October.

Out of Sight Out of Mind is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival year-round programme and features digital artwork, installations, films, projections, animations, sculptures, photography, paintings and drawings from people who have personal experience of mental health issues.

This year’s theme is ‘connected’.