More shodō, tensho and wrong-hand drawing

MORE SHODŌ, TENSHO AND WRONG-HAND DRAWING

Launch of the bands 2019

LAUNCH OF THE BANDS 2019

It's the launch of the bands at the Tabernacle for this year's Notting Hill Carnival, hosted by Ty Mas, Adunni Adams and Nadia Valeri....

 
 
 
More shodō with Taki Kodaira

MORE SHODŌ WITH TAKI KODAIRA

For shodō , Japanese calligraphy with brush and ink, one has to be poised and calm. Not trying to disassemble the Daiwa Foundation's...

Learning shodo with Taki Kodaira

LEARNING SHODO WITH TAKI KODAIRA

To learn shodō , a form of Japanese calligraphy, one should be calm of mind, maybe with a view of cherry blossom. Instead I'm ferociously...

 
 
 
Right or wrong: my struggle with kanji

RIGHT OR WRONG: MY STRUGGLE WITH KANJI

Home is where you hang your hat. But in ancient China, home was where you sacrificed animals to propitiate the gods, so the early ideogram...

Big Voice London - model Law Commission report

BIG VOICE LONDON - MODEL LAW COMMISSION REPORT

Here's a challenge - I had to think of a single picture which will combine these areas of law: 1. Automated vehicles 2. Insolvency...

 
 
 
Ghost Girl at Camden People's Theatre

GHOST GIRL AT CAMDEN PEOPLE'S THEATRE

Studio Deli feels like planning gain in a soulless Broadgate development where the air conditioning pumps out a faint odour of Camembert....

Orchestra management fails to score

ORCHESTRA MANAGEMENT FAILS TO SCORE

‘Seating can be a problem with loud brass or percussion seated immediately behind. You want them to bugger off because they're deafening...

 
 
 
Supreme Court: the grim RIPA

SUPREME COURT: THE GRIM RIPA

Or with the tangles of Neaera's hair... This problematic line from Milton's Lycidas comes to mind as I confront the hairscape. Some...

Read Not Dead: proving that old plays aren't basket cases

READ NOT DEAD: PROVING THAT OLD PLAYS AREN'T BASKET CASES

Here are some Brexit campaigners with a hamper of tombola prizes designed to show Michel Barnier that the UK is primed to dominate...

 
 
 
Brexit symposium at IALS

BREXIT SYMPOSIUM AT IALS

Health warning: personal views on Brexit The country has split like a failed sauce. The atmosphere is officially one of acceptance...

Johnny Hallyday live at the Albert Hall

JOHNNY HALLYDAY LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL

The warm-up act is a brassy blonde in a fondant-pink dress with a belief that she sounds like Amy Winehouse. Simeon, The Only Person...

 
 
 
Carols in the Supreme Court

CAROLS IN THE SUPREME COURT

The Treasury Singers are never knowingly over-rehearsed and a good thing too, considering the day job. This year they are raising money...

Annie Curtis Jones

ANNIE CURTIS JONES

Costume designer Annie Curtis Jones had many facets to her life and I knew only one: her ingenious designs for Notting Hill Carnival...

 
 
 
Is this the source of Paddington Bear's pop-up?

IS THIS THE SOURCE OF PADDINGTON BEAR'S POP-UP?

Watching Paddington 2, I get a Proustian jolt when the big-hearted bear opens a faked-up film-prop antiquarian book and Tower Bridge...

The right trousers

THE RIGHT TROUSERS

I inherited six manual typewriters, gave away five and regret it. Please send unwanted ones my way. I use my remaining one to hammer...

 
 
 
UK Supreme Court Yearbook

UK SUPREME COURT YEARBOOK

..."and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?" The UK Supreme Court Yearbook is more Wisden...

Havona laugh

HAVONA LAUGH

I return to the long-running disruption that is Havona House. Here is the impression on the website of the project's original architects....

 
 
 
Old Bailey judge in crime cover-up

OLD BAILEY JUDGE IN CRIME COVER-UP

Tom Keating Cold case - evidence sought. In 1979 a crime was committed in the dock of Court no. 1 at the Old Bailey, in front of the...

Brexit criminal law seminar. No spoilers necessary

BREXIT CRIMINAL LAW SEMINAR. NO SPOILERS NECESSARY

Brexit comes early to Notting Hill No chance of good news about Brexit: the speaker is wearing his brown trousers. Unless we can find...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Cheeran House / John Pardey Architects

Cheeran House / John Pardey Architects

© James Morris Architects: John Pardey Architects Location: Lower Basildon, United Kingdom Category: Houses Area: 284.0 m2 Project Year: 2015 Photographs: James Morris Read more ...

35 Years of Wedded Bliss

35 Years of Wedded Bliss

We can tell what doesn't work in marriages. So often today people ask, "Who will make me happy?" But what we should ask is, "Who will I love so much that I will sacrifice... Read more ...

Rietwierde Community School / Moke Architecten

Rietwierde Community School / Moke Architecten

© Thijs Wolzak Architects: Moke Architecten Location: Groningen, The Netherlands Category: Schools Architect In Charge: Gianni Cito Area: 5500.0 m2 Project Year... Read more ...

MARTIAN MANHUNTER 8

MARTIAN MANHUNTER 8

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BATGIRL 37

BATGIRL 37

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Contemporary Colorado Landscape Painting, Mountains, Fine Art Oil Painting...

Contemporary Colorado Landscape Painting, Mountains, Fine Art Oil Painting “Day After Day” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

Over a period of months, I passed this scene on my way to other locations and it always caught my eye. It is so simple, serene and “Day After Day” nothing ever changed except... Read more ...

New Video Release: Pastel Demo on Pastelmat Paper!

New Video Release: Pastel Demo on Pastelmat Paper!

Lavender Study 5x7 pastel I just released a video demo to my YouTube channel! This was a video I shared on my Patreon Page last July. I thought you might find it helpful as we... Read more ...

Air Mountain Pavilion / Aether Architects

Air Mountain Pavilion / Aether Architects

© Chao Zhang Architects: Aether Architects Location: OCT Ecological Square, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China Category: Pavillion Lead Architects: Zelin Huang Manufacturer: Guangzhou... Read more ...

Hovering

Hovering

"Hovering" $265 framed I've been practicing for my demo at the IAPS Convention, less than 3 weeks away now! I'll be showing off my assembly-line approach to Daily Painting. I... Read more ...

Large abstract, contemporary, modern art painting

Large abstract, contemporary, modern art painting

"Fancy River Rocks" 24" x 24"Original abstract acrylic painting on canvas.This one has lots of texture and even more paint!The canvas is 1.5" deep and painted black on the... Read more ...