Technique

Whose Ordered Plan?


The British say this is a work of madness:
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by George III during his period of "madness" has been discovered at the British Library.
It is part of a huge collection of papers put together by the King during his reign from 1760 to 1820.
The loose piece of paper was tucked inside a volume about the Palaces of Hanover in Germany.
The diagram of a building was drawn in ink over a pencil outline "in a rather savage way", according to experts.
Peter Barber, head of map collections at the British Library, said the drawing, scribbled on the back of an order of service from St George's Chapel in Windsor, was "not an ordered plan".
It looks like someone was working out some ideas; if this is what madness looks like, oh well.

We have to remember that this was drawn with a crude implement, dipped in ink, and probably not in the best of light. It could have been a sketch to work out some ideas or it could have been the work of someone trying to amuse themselves. It could also have not been drawn by George III at all and it could have been done by a servant or someone at his direction.

The BBC Makes a Commitment to the Arts


This is admirable, but if you were to ask an American what has been the BBC's most successful export in terms of the arts, many might say Downton Abbey.

And, they would be wrong. Downton is a product of ITV, not the BBC.

Nevertheless, the appeal of the arts has never been greater. If you look at the quality of the television that has been produced in the United States over the last decade--True Detective, Breaking Bad, Louie, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, The Wire--the Brits have nothing to compare them with, save Sherlock and Downton (and how long will that last, given how much everyone hated Season Four?). Television programs produced for commercial gain really do much better as artistic achievements.

That's not a knock against what the BBC is trying to do--it's just a realization that if you have a great idea and if you want to do something of extremely high quality that will have a lasting cultural and artistic impact, your ass ought to be in front of an executive working for AMC, FX, HBO or Showtime--someone like that. They're going to have some deeper pockets than the BBC. It's just that simple.

A Slice of Pop History


Due to the fact that the BBC won't let me embed their videos (and I'm not going to dive through html hoops in order to get around their decisions in that regard), I have to link to this bit of history and advise you to have a look.

For 1968, the people look very modern and normal. They are not your typical freak show of hippies and po-faced yokels. These people look very much like retro enthusiasts. All they need to do is check their phones and wander off in order to text and they would remind us of ourselves.

Why is there a debate about Lichtenstein? What did he steal and what did he do that was so awful?

Do you mean to suggest that everything that appeared in every comic was completely original and not stolen or suggestive of other things?

Let it go.

Abstract Number One July 2013


I have a set of eight abstracts for July, and I am very happy with how this set turned out. There are three full, original canvasses and there are five additional pieces that were constructed out of those original paintings.

Abstract Number One dried perfectly after the swirl effect was utilized. This is pretty much how it looks on canvas as well, which is more of a testament to the scanner than to my limited skills.