On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King I enjoyed this book because of King's no nonsense style of writing. I liked that his advice was to use your vocabulary exactly as it is. His basic rule is to use the first word that comes to mind if appropriate and colourful. Try not … Continue reading Book: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? (2017) by Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi Thames & Hudson I picked up this book in the library in an attempt to demystify contemporary art. Reading through it gave me a few ideas for works of art which I have jotted down below. I liked this book as it was … Continue reading Books: Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?
My notes on this textbook can be found on this page. Here I will outline my thoughts on the opening essay 'Place - The First of All Things'. One of the key ideas in this essay is that of place as an ephemeral construct that is impossible to pin down. The authors suggest that it is … Continue reading Exercise 1 – Place. London: Thames and Hudson by Dean, T. and Millar, J. (2005)
Paul Klee painted quite a few abstract paintings that had a strong sense of place. Opera Auditions, 1931 (gouache on paper laid down on board), 40.5 x 56cm, Klee, Paul (1879-1940) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images This image is constructed of tiny dots which only seems to emphasise the … Continue reading Paul Klee
Pattern Magic (2010) by Nakamichi, T. Laurence King Publishing I was leant this book and it contains the most amazing patterns. They contain wonderful structural elements such as "craters" and 3D "lumps and bumps". Ideas are taken from "buildings, flowers or trees in nature, tools you use every day, even a person's face." This book really … Continue reading Books: Pattern Magic Nakamichi, T.
Dean, T. and Millar, J. (2005) Place London: Thames & Hudson This book seems to discuss the idea that everyone's idea of any place is an individual, personal and emotional thing. (As this is a key text, I am using it initially to complete the Intro to HE exercise on reading.) The sections of the book … Continue reading Books: Place by Dean & Millar
I remembered that one of my favourite artists, Georgia O'Keeffe did a lot of paintings of landscapes in America so decided to look at how she tackled the theme of place. Many of the books were fascinating so I have included anything that I found interesting in this post so that I can find it … Continue reading Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe (& Ansel Adams)