Life class and a Gerry Adams court case: sketchbook muddle

LIFE CLASS AND A GERRY ADAMS COURT CASE: SKETCHBOOK MUDDLE

Don't take anything for granted. Things I sort of took for granted were the weekly life class, the Good Friday Agreement and live drawing...

Catullus cover-up

CATULLUS COVER-UP

The nineteenth-century iconography of Catullus still has us in its marmoreal grip. Take the detail from John William Waterhouse's Ariadne...

 
 
 
Shibari

SHIBARI

Catullus: Shibari Carmina, my illustrated free translations of 60 poems by the late Roman poet Catullus, is published by Carcanet Press...

A Court of Specialists: Judicial Behavior on the UK Supreme Court

A COURT OF SPECIALISTS: JUDICIAL BEHAVIOR ON THE UK SUPREME COURT

Wisden will be rather thin next year, so if you like chunky facts and statistics why not console yourself with A Court of Specialists:...

 
 
 
Judging by appearances

JUDGING BY APPEARANCES

Pope II, Francis Bacon, 1951, Kunsthalle Mannheim Online hearings, eh. Screenshotting and drawing from the screen are illegal. I don't...

Caged for Justice

CAGED FOR JUSTICE

In my Hancock's-Half-Hour-directed-by-Kurosawa lockdown life, I injure my nostril doing a home Covid test. Not much blood. Have I left...

 
 
 
The adventure of the empty public gallery

THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY PUBLIC GALLERY

What can the public see in today's hastily improvised, virus-adapted virtual courts? Not much. The public gallery has for the most...

Jammin' for Justice

JAMMIN' FOR JUSTICE

We're jammin', we're jammin' And I hope you like jammin' too - Bob Marley We're all stuck, computer screens freeze into lockdown at...

 
 
 
Clare Holtham's memoir 'Under the Stars': alone on the lost hippy trail

CLARE HOLTHAM'S MEMOIR 'UNDER THE STARS': ALONE ON THE LOST HIPPY TRAIL

I went as usual to sell some blood. Clare Holtham (1948-2010) was a fearless traveller. Under the Stars is the unpublished memoir of...

Supreme Court: Gerry Adams's appeal

SUPREME COURT: GERRY ADAMS'S APPEAL

'I'm sufficiently old to be able to remember something of the contemporaneous events,' says Lord Kerr, who is presiding over R v Adams....

 
 
 
Noises on and off: in the magistrates' court

NOISES ON AND OFF: IN THE MAGISTRATES' COURT

When it comes to penetrating the studied opacity of a magistrates' court I'm a bungling novice, so I'm waiting for the appearance of...

In court with Extinction Rebellion

IN COURT WITH EXTINCTION REBELLION

When it comes to stopping London traffic, Extinction Rebellion is pathetic. They may be creating up to two weeks' inconvenience, but...

 
 
 
'Carnival Compilation' at Kensington Town Hall

'CARNIVAL COMPILATION' AT KENSINGTON TOWN HALL

Some of my Notting Hill Carnival drawings were included in a display at Kensington Town Hall in Hornton Street from July-September...

Cherry/Miller2: in court for the judgment

CHERRY/MILLER2: IN COURT FOR THE JUDGMENT

Ink and rainwater Wet. More wet. Queue in rain from 7am. Hide from cameras. Not easy. Sky journalist Adam Boulton's beige cloth coat...

 
 
 
Prorogation cases: Cherry/Miller 2 in the Supreme Court, day 3

PROROGATION CASES: CHERRY/MILLER 2 IN THE SUPREME COURT, DAY 3

Tense, head down, guarded by a phalanx of police officers, Gina Miller walks swiftly to the Supreme Court entrance. 'Disgusting,' shouts...

Miller 2 at the Supreme Court: day 1

MILLER 2 AT THE SUPREME COURT: DAY 1

As with the Proms, you may get better sound and vision if you watch the Supreme Court on the live-stream, and today it's more like...

 
 
 
The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Vol. 9: a triumph for girly swots

THE UK SUPREME COURT YEARBOOK VOL. 9: A TRIUMPH FOR GIRLY SWOTS

Lawyers planning to throw the book at Boris Johnson should go for this one. It's heavy. It also shows how the Supreme Court works,...

Moko Jumbies walk again

MOKO JUMBIES WALK AGAIN

A pre-carnival event at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance in West London has a visitation from moko jumbies, the stilt-dancing African spirits...

 
 
 
Notting Hill Carnival: day one

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL: DAY ONE

A tiny carnival sound: the tinkling of a miniature laughing gas canister being flicked into the gutter by the tyre of a police van...

Knit your own moko jumbies

KNIT YOUR OWN MOKO JUMBIES

Moko jumbies dance on stilts, possessed by legends of benign spirits who followed the slave routes. Alan Vaughan's costume designs...

 
 
 



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 ...

On The Sunny Side

On The Sunny Side

Saturday Leftover Day. Tom Sims was a comic strip writer who is known for little else than his stint as a writer on The Thimble Theater, the strip that was known for... Read more ...

"Green Roof"

"Green Roof"

This is my demo painting I did two days ago for my One-Day Zoom Workshop. It was another successful one. The feedbacks from my 3 Zoom workshops so far have approved that using... Read more ...

Gorgeous Sunset With Magical Statues Of Easter Island Chile Watercolor

Gorgeous Sunset With Magical Statues Of Easter Island Chile Watercolor

I was always fascinated by monumental statues of Easter Island, Chile. Here is the watercolor painting of a gorgeous sunset on Easter Island with their Moai Stones. This... Read more ...

The Art Party Circuit Comes Roaring Back at Frieze New York

But even Michael R. Bloomberg, whose name graces the building, got stuck outside the Shed until he provided the proper Covid documentation. Read more ...

Got Masks? Here's What to Do With Them

As more people are vaccinated and guidelines around mask wearing are easing, some are finding ways to preserve, repurpose and recycle their face coverings. Read more ...

Jake Tapper's Hero Is Embedded With the Rat Pack, Hoping to Catch a Rat

Tapper's new thriller, “The Devil May Dance,” plumbs the connections among Hollywood, the Mafia and the Kennedy administration. Read more ...

Trying to Imagine Post-Pandemic Life? Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison Can Help

“To the Lighthouse” and “Beloved” suggest how to envision a world we might actually want to re-enter. Read more ...

Making a Collagraph from Mat Board with Acrylic Gloss Varnish

Making a Collagraph from Mat Board with Acrylic Gloss Varnish

This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco . Acrylic Gloss Varnish Sealer on Mat Board Collagraphs When you make a collagraph plate from mat board , the... Read more ...

One Week Ago

One Week Ago

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More experiments with reduction printing

More experiments with reduction printing

This is a 7 color reduction linocut print on japanese mulberry paper, roughly 9 x 11 in size. Below are each of the different colors as they were printed. Read more ...