i) Firstly, this brilliant documentary called Tim’s Vermeer had me captivated as I followed the journey of Tim Jenison as he attempts to create his own reproduction of a Vermeer painting, with the assistance of a camera obscura, in response to David Hockney’s explosive book Secret Knowledge (which I’ve shared about in earlier blog posts). I really feel the book and the documentary are almost essential to view/read at the same time as each informs the other beautifully. One of the things I found hard to get my head around in Hockney’s book, was how a camera obscura would have worked in a practical sense, and Tim’s Vermeer is a fascinating insight into this and a great visual aid to the science discussed by Hockney.
ii) I’m continuing my readings on Andy Warhol, specifically with these two books from the local library: The Andy Warhol Diaries and Andy Warhol: His Controversial Life, Art and Colourful Times – I’m mostly interested in how his work challenged the art elite’s concept of what ‘real art’ is (especially the way his Factory added a mass-produced element to his work, which speaks volumes to me of Warhol’s business sense working alongside his artistic abilities).
iii) I’ve spent the last few weeks working on my ukulele project for the upcoming Strings Attached festival in Margaret River in October, and some of the following articles were part of the research behind the direction I took on this project:
- Picasso: Guitars 1912 – 1914
- When Picasso Changed His Tune
- Synthetic Cubism Explained
- All about cubism
- Inventing Abstraction – Georgia O’Keeffe
- Roy de Maistre – Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor
That’s about all for now; Friday night activities are calling! Hubby is putting baby down to bed, family is arriving for nacho and movie night, my little Charlie dog is loitering under my feet waiting for his dinner. I mostly write this blog for myself, as a way of keeping accountable to continual learning and growing. But if anyone out there is reading this, I hope you have a lovely weekend with those you love most!