Community spirit, photographs from Coventry, including the recent MAD UK event.
Found this blog today & its stunning!!!! A MUST watch 🙂
Outside our doors the world is full of amazing signs, symbols & coincidental artworks!!! These beautiful gems that seem to either hide in bus shelters, leap out at you from unique window displays or be emblazoned boldly for the world to see on a graffittied wall, make the world a better place!
So in the knowledge of this, I’ve popped up in this space to share these fabulous ‘found’ messages of positivity, synchronicity, inspiration & creativity. Aswell as too tip my hat to those fabulous ‘unknown’ artists out there who scurry around when none of us are looking to deliver these secret wonders to the world! So here’s a big ‘ Thankyou!’ ….. and here we go…may they make your day a happy one!
This little beauty was found in Brighton on the bottom of a shop front…these delightful stickers are dotted all over the place and as you can see, say quite simply ” If you see this girl, tell her I love her & that dreams are fragile” …
Leaves you a bit speechless!
Here’s one I found on a walk around a park in Coventry! Couldn’t fault this quote…its simply fantastic!
Well, we all know that some days deliver more disappointment creatively than others! But, hey, that’s the outrageous see-saw of art! The penultimate flip side is the elated high of getting a project finished or all the proverbial pieces seem to fall into place. So….I have written this miniature eplilogue to help inspire those fellow creatives who also feel the need to dust down the paint splattered shirt & try again to tackle a subject or ‘vision’ that just didn’t happen…..Remember there is always a silver cloud ….somewhere….and just ‘don’t give up, don’t EVER give up!’
I hope the following quotes will flip a glimmer of hope at anyone passing through, I always find them most comforting, & usually have a read over them on my battered A4 notepad (whilst nursing a cuppa & a packet of biscuits) on a rough or somewhat slopey day!
Anyhow, here goes….& may your weeks be glorious! 😉
“Follow your own star!” — Dante Alighieri
An artist’s early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is.” — Bridget Riley.
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” — Woodrow Wilson.
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” — Picasso.
“I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” — Picasso.
“Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting.” — Winston Churchill.
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Picasso.
“What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.” — John Ruskin.
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” — Rabindranath Tagore.
“Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.” — Winston Churchill.
And finally, there is this little gem, which I was given on a bright pink printed sheet in London some 19 years ago. It was handed out under the title of ‘The Legend of the Pin Man’…the Pin Man in question, being a homeless man who travelled around, selling handpainted drawing pin badges that he made & sold ‘3 in a bag’ for a £1.00. I had many a wonderful chat with this incredibly optimistic man, & ran into him several more times over the year in numerous locations, the last time I ever saw him he handed me this piece of paper & I still treasure it too this day! God (or whoever) bless the Pin Man….wherever he is 😉
When things go wrong; as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow,
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem the worst that you must not quit.
Failing that….play the EVER AMAZING Gogol Bordello REALLY loudly 😉
or the music GOD …. the Man In Black, Johnny Cash…I adore his early songs, but was truely blown away when he released his covers albums, this one being originally an amazingly moving NIN track, but if I may say so, I think he owns this one!!!…….A greatly inspirational musician with a voice that always gives me goosepimples!…Fabulous.
Something wonderful has landed in Gas Hall, in that wonderful gem of the Midlands called Birmingham. Alongside the fascinating Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery situated in Chamberlain Square is this little beauty of historic & epic proportions. Well worth a day out!
Apart from my usual excited enthrall at standing as close to someones soul as you possibly can (which I always think happens when you view artwork), I was amazed at getting to see my ‘first’ original Blake watercolour…and it was, to my amusement, ‘The Circle of the Lustful’ for those of you who are interested. Originally I’d visited for the Rossetti & Simeon Solomon collections, but was amazed to find many other unexpected beauties amongst these treasures such as works by Sandys, Beardsley & Albrecht Durer. If you do decide to visit don’t get caught without green, as its £6.00 a ticket, unlike the free collection in the main building. There is a truly fascinating book to accompany this worth while collection quite simply titled ‘ The Poetry of Drawing’ & it really is a fine read & viewing experience.
The visual world of these fabulous masters of eroticism, sensuality, fairytale & horror are brimming with sumptuous literary influences, oozing with symbolic pleasure & rebellious, defiant spirit (get your history books out again if you don’t agree with me & check out the social etiquettes of the times!) To top it off the Pre-Raphaelite movement was jam packed with individualist, dynamic, saucy female models & artists who damn well knew the true meaning of the word ‘FEMINIST’…none of this b*lls you get today…they had amazing strength & power in acknowledging their own beauty, feminity & talent…so as well as modelling for their men they gave their own back artistically & probably quite literally. Elizabeth Siddall & Jane Morris being two of the most popular ‘super models’ of the day, so if you’re looking for a place to start, these two ARE the magnificent duo & who could forget ol’ dubiously named Fanny Cornforth. Now jump on a train & enjoy the experience….& let the ghosts of the past lead you to magical places….oh yeah…and the Edwardian tea rooms in the main Art Gallery delivers a fine cup of tea!!! Have fun 😉
I thought I’d kick off my meanderings with my all time favourite story (yep – I attack it at least once a year)!!! If you haven’ t read the book, do so you won’t regret it, or if you haven’t got the time…well…go watch the film….NOW!!!!
It’s such a brilliant & ever inspiring story …but sssssssssssh….I won’t give away anything!!! All I’ll say is that after reading/watching this masterpiece, you’ll have your talons sharpened, your spirit rising & your heart in the right place! Onwards & upwards…as they say!
As a small preamble, the story was written by Alexandre Dumas and I’d say that at least a decent smattering of knowledge of the historical background of Europe in 1815 onwards & bonepartism would certainly help. As, its set in France from just before The Hundred Days to the reign of Louis-Phillipe and its pretty integral stuff!!! If not, get a history book & start bl**dy reading;) It is an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of justice, vengeance, mercy, forgiveness & my old favourite…. hope.
So, if you’re EVER having one of those ‘b*stards are grinding me down’ days….sod everything….go home & get your hands on this golden gem… get a decent pot of tea & a packet of biscuits …sit & watch…and BELIEVE ME….NOTHING and NO-ONE will ever bother you AGAIN…! Bye for now folks… 🙂
“There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live…..the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.”
— Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Well, here goes!!! I thought I’d embark on a blog about the magical & fascinating ephemera out there in the BIG wide world today! Although, this blog is more of a personal list of things that inspire me (I ran out of space at home for the rest of my lists haha!!!) I do hope that if you stumble across this, it will simply add more energy to whatever ‘inspires’ you for the day….anyhow…thankyou for dropping by & have a fascinating day:)