Sunday, 5 February 2017


- So Hockney is an obvious choice to go see this year. But I have been investigating and there is a Winnifred Nicholson Show coming to Falmouth. Vanessa Bell at the Dulwich Picture gallery, which I have never been to before. Also Josef Frank at the fashion and Textile museum. Do you know what they all have in common, colour!

- Bought some cushions from Merci Merci. I say its because I need some big cushions to rest against while I do reading, but its also aesthetic reasons.

- Never bought the Tate Magazine before but last time I was up I got it for the train journey and it was really good. I'll admit I got it because Hockney was on the cover, but they also have and interesting article about the art world and the rise of social media. Something I have been touching on alot latley when writing here.

- Another good art museum magazine to get is the RA magazine. You get it when you are a member of the RA which I am, but the content is very good. Some great talking points.

- I am on a mission at the moment to find things to do, culture, courses, walks, new places to explore etc. Came across a garden festival happening in March with some really amazing speakers.

picture : John Constable

Thursday, 2 February 2017


Came across this today:

If by Roger Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Picture: John Constable