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April 2016

Musical Ancestry

By | Music

What have the above three faces got in common and who are they even? You may be able to name one or two but what links all three together? Well the answer is Musical Ancestry. The first image is that of Paul Hindemith, the second Arnold Cooke and the last is Felix Mendelssohn. What links these rather disparate composers is their musical lineage, and mine.

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Sugar and spice

By | Fine Art, Galleries

Last week I took a couple of days off to walk down the Thames from Windsor Castle to Hampton Court in order to visit the palaces. My excuse was that I had been working over the previous few weekends and that I wanted to brush up on my knowledge of Tudor and Stuart paintings while getting a bit of spring sunshine.

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British Art Show – The curators decide (1)

By | Fine Art, Galleries

The British Art Show is in full swing. It is coming to the end of its run in Edinburgh, having already done a stint in Leeds and will move on to Norwich and Southampton. The Open College of the Arts is giving its students plenty of opportunities to engage with this important quinquennial event. As part of that I will be writing a series of blogs about aspects of the show

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The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason 1945 to Present

By | Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 14 May in Edinburgh. The Scottish Endarkenment explores a wide range of disturbing and provocative topics, from ever-escalating international conflict, social inequality and unrest, gender identity and sexual prejudice – all fired by the dialectical struggles within the Scottish psyche between good and evil, self and the Other.

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It’s a ‘No’: Part 2

By | Creative Writing

In the last blog post on the detested rejection letter/e-mail, I mentioned that the word ‘No’ comes wrapped in all sorts of sweet and sour coatings. Agents and publishers are practised at the art of rejection. Writers, though, have no training in how to receive the bad news. We promise ourselves we won’t be hurt if someone doesn’t love our work, but deep down, we know it’s a lie.

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Ian McKeever talks about painting

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries

In choosing to make a painting you are choosing to use paint. That maybe a tautology but I just want to start with it as I want to emphasise the significance of that material. That choice, the significance of that material, immediately becomes part of your subject matter.

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Fangs and soup cans

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Textiles, Visual Communications

As far as the world was concerned Andy Warhol died in 1987 and had an open coffin ceremony, but on Easter weekend last there were reports of several sightings of Warhol in Manhattan, lurking in the shadows near where the original Factory would have been. Completely implausible and absurd sure, but what if…

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