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Bliss Baby Golden! Golden! Acrylic, Oilstick & Chinagraph Pencil on Canvas 40 x 40 cm | 13 May 2019

On that first day, the endless possibilities, the journey just begun. Now, each day is a new day, streaked with pink and blue and filled with promise - I access and bow to the child within. Bliss Baby is a visual reminder to treat each day as a gift – golden, golden indeed!

bliss |blɪs|

noun [ mass noun ]

perfect happiness; great joy: she gave a sigh of bliss.

a state of spiritual blessedness, typically that reached after death. the bliss of heaven.

bliss

noun

it was sheer bliss to be there: joy, pleasure, delight, happiness, gladness, ecstasy, elation, rapture, euphoria, heaven, paradise, seventh heaven, cloud nine, Eden, Utopia, Arcadia; halcyon days; informal the top of the world. ANTONYMS misery.

Light blue canvas in my studio

Getting a professional-level framed canvas with stretcher bars typically takes a lot of measuring and a bit of guesswork. It is a very delicate process and you have to have an eye for perfection but I found it to be quite straightforward and completed my first one!

It is now sitting smugly on my studio wall with 5 coats of Liquitex heavy body, light blue permanent acrylic waiting to be transformed.

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. — Paul Cezanne

Now what? I shall either attack it with acrylic and oilstick and see what emerges or give it some consideration and produce something on it from sketches or a specific idea. I think I’ll go for the preconceived idea over the expressionistic assault!

One's mind, stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Let’s see if I can expand beyond 40 x 40cm!

The EY Exhibition Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain. Wednesday 3 April 2019.

I love this quote - A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows. — George Bernard Shaw

More nourishment for my mind . . .

ART

Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield

The EY Exhibition Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, London (despite it being overcrowded. Why do they ram so many people in these exhibitions?)

Aboudia, Anges Déchus – Jack Bell Gallery, Masons Yard, London

Tracey Emin, A Fortnight of Tears – White Cube Bermondsey, London

Utopias, Syn Festival, Summerhall Edinburgh

BOOKS

The Train Was On Time – Heinrich Böll

Trying Not to Try: The Ancient Art of Effortlessness and the Surprising Power of Spontaneity – Edward Slingerland

Unmade Up: Recollections of a Friendship with David Bowie – Edward Bell

MUSIC

I have been listening to Jimi Hendrix quite a lot recently, especially Electric Ladyland. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is like De Kooning in sound; like Ruth’s Zowie, Door To The River and Spike’s Folly II for the ears!

Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix

Axis: Bold as Love – Jimi Hendrix

Hydrogen Jukebox – Philip Glass / Allen Ginsberg

From Her To Eternity – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Les Revenants – Mogwai

Chill Out – KLF

The Planets – Gustav Holst (in anticipation of the RSNO concert in June at Usher Hall, Edinburgh)

Hunky Dory – David Bowie

The Sidewinder – Lee Morgan

FILM/TV

Das Boot – Andreas Prochaska

Night On Earth – Jim Jarmusch

The Station Agent – Tom McCarthy

Taxi Driver – Martin Charles Scorsese

Green Book – Peter Farrelly

Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky

Maborosi & Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda

LIKES

Regent Canal, London

Word on the Water, King’s Cross, London

Berenjak 27 Romilly Street Soho, London

Busytinsnips2 Instagram

Twitter Art Exhibition

Researching my next trip to Liverpool