Category Archives: Thoughts

‘William woz ere!’

 

This broken down tree root in the New Forest evoked stories  of events that occurred a thousand years ago.  The Forest was created by King William I  (William the Conqueror)  when he ruthlessly drove the residents of 36 parishes from their homes in order to claim the land for his hunting activities.  On William’s death, the Forest was inherited by his son, also a William (William Rufus)  William Rufus was not popular and died in a shooting ‘accident’ in the forest, although there remains a strong suspicion that he was assassinated.

So, maybe William was here, even if this particular tree wasn’t!

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Abstract ‘June 2017’

This image was created a month ago, both to reflects my own feelings and to symbolize and express something of the hurt, heartache and anger caused by a sequence of horrendous events  –  terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and the Grenfell Tower Block fire.

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Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there

 

These photographs were taken from my doorstep yesterday morning.  The occasion was enhanced by the early Spring sunshine.  I was more fortunate than Robert Browning  –  I was there, not abroad!

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Just think about it! (25) How long does it take to look at a painting?

‘There have been a number of surveys of how visitors interact with paintings in museums. One found that an average viewer goes up to a painting, looks at it for less than two seconds, reads the wall text for another 10 seconds, glances at the painting to verify something in the text, and moves on. Another survey concluded people looked for a median time of 17 seconds. The Louvre found that people looked at the Mona Lisa an average of 15 seconds, which makes you wonder how long they spend on the other 35,000 works in the collection. A survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art supposedly found that people look at artworks for an average of 32.5 seconds each, but they must not have counted the ones people glance at.’
James Elkins (Art Institute of Chicago}

In his essay Looking at Pictures, David Hockney draws a parallel with words on a page of text: it is necessary to go beyond the pattern of marks/letters on the surface to understand their meaning.

He quotes the lines of the poet George Herbert:
‘A man that looks on glass
on it may stay his eye,
Or if he pleaseth, through it pass
and then the heav’n espie’.

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Abstract ‘A fractured society’ or ‘The State of the Nations: January 2017’

 

 

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A quiet moment

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January 15, 2017 · 8:00 am

Gallery Series I/16

Please read the preface to Gallery Series I/15 (https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/gallery-series-i15/) to more fully understand the image below:

 

Gallery Series I/16

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