Thursday, April 24, 2008

Terracotta Sculpture Daphnis et Chloe by Carpeaux

I have been toying with the idea to produce some work in Terracotta and Parian ware and this delightful work by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux has finally convinced me to get started as soon as my large commission is finished!

This is a late work by Carpeaux dated 1875 and is a study inspired from a novel by Longus.

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Gwen John, the mysterious sister

I remember seeing a picture on the French site recently and thinking "what a cheerful girl"!
As part of my contribution to promote Female artists, Gwen was described as "The mysterious sister who lives in Paris".

Her paintings were admired by her brother Augustus.

The nude version of her friend Fenella Lovell can be found here

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Camille Claudel

Of course we all knew about Camille Claudel and admired her work despite the shadow of Rodin and her sad story. Until now I have not felt she had produced a work that I liked enough for of my top 1000.

I found this on the French Site and added it.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sculpture of Troubetzkoy at The Sladmore

One of my Sculptor heros is exhibiting at the Sladmore Gallery in London, May and June 2008.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Chiff Chaff Summer Visitors

The the bird shown here is suspected to be a Chiff-Chaff. Its song is very repetitive and persistent all day long. There seem to be more of them at the bottom of the hill.
I spotted an early Swallow on the 12th of April this year.

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Animal Character Reassessment

As a child of the fifties, enjoying such literary delights as Graham’s Wind in the Willows, Mole, Ratty and Badger have always been high on my list of loved and respected animals.
Last night was heard across the length and breadth of merry England a blood curdling cry from our newly resident hen.
Leaping about the garden in our underpants at one in the morning; a fine moon and frost under our feet; my son and I, having been stirred by the ever hearing wife and mother, ran to the rescue, tripping on the unhelpful dog on the way out. The hen house was all shut up and yet Grizzle (because she growls like a bear not a hen) continued to cry: and no wonder; on opening the side of the hen house we found her. She had lost all her tail feathers and was stuck in between the broken “duck” boards.
“Daddy, Daddy, the fox is sill in there” screamed my distraught son. “It has dug a hole underneath”!
Stuck under the laying box was the back end of not a fox but a badger. Now I believe that Badgers can be quite defensive with their teeth, so I removed my hand quickly from rescuing the now frantic birds.
Freeing the Badger, saving the hen and her two traumatised chicks, we eventually went back to bed, vowing to remember to keep the torch batteries charged in future as these things are difficult in the dark.
But it is to poor Echo the Cockerel to whom I pay tribute. He had clearly fought the Badger well and lost his head for so doing.
Grizzel’s broken leg I think will mend. She had a hearty breakfast this morning and is now busy bossing her chicks about again.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Harry R Mileham Painting

Bob Speel mentioned this painting by Harry R Mileham on his website, so here is an image of it, see also a post about St Peter Mancroft here

There is to be an exhibition of Harry’s paintings in Brighton later this year, details to follow.
Bob Speel’s Victorian Art site can be found here

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Varieties are back

I could forgive a man for not enjoying Milton; but I would not call that man my friend who should be offended with "the divine chit-chat of Conrad Roth". apol. C Lamb


Save Vancouver Sculpture

How very sad. They are threatening to remove this “structure” in Vancouver. On my visit to Canada I noticed a lack of preserving things especially old buildings which seem to be abandoned and a new one built close by. This seems to epitomise that.
I will admit that if I were to be going to Vancouver I would go and see this, it’s fun original and “in keeping” with the surroundings. Must have cost a bomb to make and place there too.
Tell the City Council what you think here

Monday, April 14, 2008, 7:00pmThunderbird Community Centre2311 Cassiar Street, Vancouver

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