Run around in the radiation

October 22, 2018

Suggested by Ethical dative’s post and Sisters of Mercy and a walk round the forest


33 Responses to “Run around in the radiation”

  1. kestrelart said

    I really like these. I love the written tree.

  2. JMN said

    Beautiful! The writing trees really hit a sweet spot of mine. Striking how subtly the writing is incorporated into the pictures.

    • The bit that interests me, although not in this state is the yellow acrylic. Love how it bursts through, but perhaps should use symbols not words – looks a bit horror film

      • JMN said

        I posted a piece about Jenny Saville, and her painting has handwriting in it. Continues to be an intriguing topic, the pictorial possibilities of script or print. Or symbols! Interesting what you say about the yellow, and horror. I think in color symbology yellow had a negative connotation. I must get round to visiting my favorite blogs. I’ve felt sapped of energy for a few days.

        • I like the Saville piece, the handwriting is more subtle, less horror! Let me know if you find out what it says. The good thing about blogs is that you can always catch up. Good to have a break now and then I think.

          • JMN said

            Speaking of handwriting, and this has dawned on me somewhat belatedly, I don’t know what the handwriting in your recent pieces says! I’m shamefaced that I didn’t dig deeper, but what I responded to initially was the *fact* of handwriting acquiring sinuous, tree-like properties and operating in a pictorial way. You were effectively *drawing* with handwriting to some extent. I forgot to attend to what it might say! And perhaps that didn’t really matter, but how to know without doing some deciphering? It’s another reason I’d like to have hard copy now and then to contemplate. Don’t tell me. I’m happy to live with this mystery until I can have another look at your pictures. And at Saville.

  3. Oooh nice. Great text in the tree

  4. JMN said

    OK, catching up, feeling foolish, shifting forward from the back foot. Going back and reading the tree words led me to the Sisters of Mercy song, and you had already helpfully referenced that in your caption. What I don’t know about music groups would fill the Bodleian. I’ve listened to “Black Planet” and added it to a playlist. It *is* a great song. Rather dark, too, if I’m hearing aright on first listening. You’re right about the alliteration.

    • I’m flattered you took the interest and time to research it! That is a curious mind you have, a mind that likes to know. I don’t think I’m good at trying to make statements/veiled statements so my next foray may be the symbols or made up words.

      • JMN said

        Thank you, I take it as a compliment. Made-up words sounds like a fascinating direction to explore. Made-up symbols, too, for that matter. Your graphic work is so fertile with mystery and allusion, for me, that it seems to contain symbols already. Those recurring bulbous shapes, for example. Perhaps inspired by something familiar in your environment — water towers, nuclear reactors — who knows. That you can do that while watching Columbo gives me chills! 🙂

        • I’m going to have to look back at some posts. There is a distinctive tree shape where I sketch by the river. I’m really interested in fields by seldom dare to tackle the field complete but pick out where it reaches a corner or the plough lines meet

          • JMN said

            Could very well be a tree what I’ve noticed. You make the shape interesting and significant. It fascinates me how artists dwell on certain scenes — Cezanne with his mountain, Hockney with a familiar vista, you with your river and field. It seems to reflect a deep connectedness with one’s milieu that nourishes the drawings and paintings. A nurturing focus. A benign obsession? It makes me want to look more closely at what’s around me every day and try to make it lively in hand-made pictures — in my case crude but at least… hand-made.

            • I agree, I like to try to capture the things I live with on a regular basis. Holidays however, are a chance to try something completely different, respond to something quickly without study or familiarity. And of course, the more you look, the more you see. I also think it’s magical how by drawing something you create a special relationship with it/ knowlegldge of it that is so strong and longlasting. A loom in a sketchbook and I’m back there – on the hard bench, on the beach, up the mountain!

              • JMN said

                Excellent thoughts. I propose to do much looking from the outset of my sojourn, and hope to commit impressions to paper spontaneously and unselfconsciously. So much more to gain that way than by merely snapping away with the iPhone. I’m purposely taking minimal reading matter so as to channel energies into recording the passing scene and not be lost in a book. My little adventure! Thanks for sharing your experience.

                • Interesting about reading. I can track the most stressful/low parts of my life with a look at my reading list – I go through book after book at these times. Reading is relaxing, an escape, but recently I’ve been questioning the disappearing for weeks into a book. It can be an avoidance, but then I love getting immersed in another world/another person. All a matter of balance I suppose – the answer to lots of things but something we often struggle with.

                  • JMN said

                    Oops, I replied to your comment about balance, but it got in the main comment stream and doesn’t obviously answer your observations here. Sorry for that. It has happened to me more than once. I wish WordPress was more idiot proof for my sake! 🙂

  5. JMN said

    Yes, the struggle with balance is familiar. The resort to reading is a retreat, often. My immersion in stories and characters is largely through Netflix at present. A guilty pleasure, I suppose. I think of paraphrasing Milton: They also serve who only stand and watch. Here I mean observing the world, not watching video. Interestingly, it comes from a poem “on his blindness,” I think, but of course he said “wait,” not “watch.” I’m a born bystander, I like observing from the margins rather than being in the thick of it. Watching is an action, and drawing on the fly is doing by watching. I think it will pull me out of a certain passivity and sedentariness that will be healthful. I wish it (drawing) came more reflexively to me, but I’ll have to work at it, hoping that the more I do, the more freely it will occur. I can’t think of a better way to respond to one’s world. I’m taken, in following work such as yours, by the honesty of showing one’s efforts along the way towards developing a pictorial idea, the roughings-in and tentative stabs that culminate in something luminous. The study of foliage on trees. I’ve been bashful at showing my flailings, and have wanted to pull something from the hat fully fledged, mixing metaphors. It’s a wrong-headed way to be creative. Sorry, the morning thoughts come cascading at first light.

    • Lots for me to ponder here. I’ve read a little recently about what you can do in a hate crime situation. It talks about being a witness to what is occurring in its less legal sense. Have you read Emile Zola’s His Masterpiece? It’s a novel I’ve thought about alot since I’ve finished reading it. Makes me think our flailings are incredibly valuable.

      • JMN said

        I’ve been so garrulous I think I owe you a respite from my musings so you can have some quality pondering time. It’s just that a good chin wag is so vivifying! 🙂 There I go, flaunting one of my favorite Britishisms gleaned from “Midsomer Murders” perhaps. (I’ve found “Dad’s Army,” by the way. 10 seasons — yummy.) Haven’t read the Zola novel and will seek it out. French was my first love.

        • No need to apologise. Pondering time is hard to come by, so a prompt from a blogger is welcome. Have you a pen friend/pal? I think you are suited to that. Are there any letter writers left? In future, will we have the ‘collected emails and comments of ….’ instead of correspondence?

          • JMN said

            Very kind. Thank you. I haven’t a pen pal. I used to write my mother. One wants to leave a trail of some kind, and I’m afraid it may be along the lines that you mention — collected emails and comments, etc. But also drawings and paintings. What a splendid record they can furnish. I’m somewhat invested in this blog for those purposes at present. I’m handicapped by a facility at typing. I spew words voluminously. Maybe letter writing will come back.

        • PS. Let ne know what you think of Dad’s Army!

          • JMN said

            “Dad’s Army,” by all means! The first season is black-and-white from 1968. It shows its age, but holds up well for me. The dialogue crackles splendidly non-stop. It’s quintessential, speech-oriented humor, with a dollop of slapstick and good dose of prop-based gags. An instance of the latter are the various improvised stand-ins for weapons — flag staffs, kitchen knives lashed to broom handles, and such. In a scene I love, the two principals don just-arrived uniforms avidly. The cohort is perishing for basic equipment. It comes to light, however, that the fly is on the side of the trousers, not the front. “Damned inconvenient,” says the head man. (Their names will start to stay with me eventually.) A split second later they realize they’ve received the uniforms mistakenly and that they’re for women. That “damned inconvenient” is priceless. The line is timed perfectly and delivered impeccably. The scene epitomizes what I’ve seen of the series so far. I’m curious to see where it goes in the course of ten seasons. With my immersion in British drama and comedy I often marvel at how rich a pool of acting talent the UK has to draw upon. I continually see scores of actors I’ve never set eyes upon, whose names I’ll never know (likely), who bring compelling performances to even the slightest roles. Sometimes it’s almost as if the directors had simply plucked persons from the street for certain roles, the performances are so natural and unmannered. That’s precisely the magic of good acting, isn’t it? In American sport parlance we talk about certain teams having a “deep bench.” Perhaps you know the term, meaning a substantial source of good players to tap. I speculate whether it might have to do with the long, distinguished theater tradition there, providing a hatchery for journeymen actors to ply their craft in supportive outlets like the BBC.

            • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Alot of people are fond of this show and its characters and it’s still regularly shown on tv. “Stupid Boy!” Is also something of a catchphrase (in our family at least!). There is an episode that deals with conscientious objectors which was shown as part of WW1 commemorations which led me to google some of the cast’s wartime experiences – Godfrey (the shambling medic) and Fraser (the dour scotsman) were particularly interesting. If you liked the first episode, you’ll like the rest.

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