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besides Dali in the Dali Museum…


There was an alcove near the end of the trek round the museum in which another artists work was hidden. I assume this is a temporary exhibition, but the works there was quite interesting to look at, the use of colour varied with some presenting as far more colourful and textured from others.

Matt Lamb’s works made me wonder if I have chosen the right pathway choices at tech, and Dali made me debate taking Jewellery back on as well. But I think if their art can make me think and reflect more closely on my on artistic pathway then this can only be a good thing and lead to greater advances on my part.

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Royal Ulster Arts Academy 2013


While at the Ulster Museum I would have been remiss to not go to the RUAA exhibition.

I’d heard a lot about it this year as one of the artworks had caused a bit of a furore locally in the media. Initially I was under the impression it was removed due to the fact it depicted 2 women kissing, however when I viewed the image HERE, I could understand why some people might argue that Paul Walls, The Kiss is not suitable for children to view as it is quite adult.

A statement I found HERE by Colin Davidson, President of the Royal Ulster Academy explains its removal.

“The Royal Ulster Academy’s schools programme attracts large numbers of school children from across Northern Ireland.

“In this context, the painting ‘The Kiss’, by Paul Walls, was regarded as inappropriate for child audiences (by the Museum, the Academy, and Child Protection lawyers, as well as most who have seen it). Paul Walls appreciates how inappropriate it is for child audiences. It would not matter if the imagery was of two women, two men, or a man and a woman. Mindful of artistic freedom of expression, the RUA and the Ulster Museum considered that the painting could remain in the exhibition subject to the placement of appropriate notices that the gallery contained artwork which could be regarded as being of an adult nature.

“As an Academy, we are concerned that this could deter schools and families with young children visiting the exhibition. As a result Paul Walls decided to withdraw the painting from the exhibition. Censorship had nothing to do with it.”

I was upset that it wasnt included regardless, as I would have liked to view it in its proper form myself and not via an image online.



William Scott


I went to the William Scott exhibition in the Ulster museum the other day. I took a few sneaky pictures (ok so I took 3…)

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it was good, as photography isnt allowed, I decided to do a few brief sketches. Nothing fancy more like vague outlines, but during this I was approached and asked if it was ok to film me for their youtube video. I’ve not seen it yet, but they have a video up about the exhibtion opening

My drawings were very basic and my version of the Hare and the Candle I feel is a bit ‘overdone’ as to be filmed I had to go back over my sketch which at that point had been finished and the dark edge and legs of the table were added. I was quite pleased regardless with my work.

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I noticed that as time progressed he moved from portraiture to more abstract and still life works, with more colour eventually being added to this art, although I feel blue features dominantly in  a lot of the work featured at the exhibition as he moved from more bland colours used in his abstract work to a mix of dark colours with blue and one work literally ablaze with red and oranges.

My cats decided to help with my art…


The other day while working with inks on paper, just creating experimental splashes and the likes, the cats decided to help and so became stamps of sorts.

Here is Ben modelling his impression of Picasso.

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So as a poor student I am of course helpful for all help I can get and my pets were certainly helpful and I think paw prints will be used again. Also I have discovered a washing line is a very good way of drying my work if I don’t mind it running a bit.

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Point and Line to Plane – Wassily Kandinsky


My local library was finally able to get a hold of this book for me for a small charge of 50p

When i requested it they weren’t sure if it was possible to get a hold of it as it was listed as ‘last seen in 2007’ or something of that nature. In other words, it was somewhere, they just didn’t know where and in the end it was ordered up from a library in belfast.

It has so far been a good read, it makes a lot of sense and I suppose the layout and structure partly aids this, however it isnt really the sort of reading I would tend to get lost in.


Vincent Van Gogh


There is currently an exhibition on in the Eykyn Maclean Gallery in central London, until 29 November 2013 (which if I had the money I’d go to) This exhibition shows the transition of Van Gogh’s works from his more dark, Dutch works to his expressive brush strokes such as those showcased in Starry Night and the use of much brighter colours. The exhibition claims this was a result of his brief period in Paris between 1886 and 1888. The video I’ve linked covers not only Van Gogh’s work, but those who influenced him and is an interesting delving into this period of art.

it also has an interesting look into pointillism and its influence on him, although he had his own take on it, such as dots and strokes in one colour which while not pure pointillism shows an influence of this movement.

Japanese Prints had a huge influence on artists of this period and Van Gogh was not immune. his future works showing the influence of this period, with impressionist style skies and a nod to pointillism with his dash and strokes of his brush but also his full embrace of more colour in his work.

Vincent Van Gogh – how did he find colour?