When did it start to become impossible for state education to include the arts?
When I first visited Portsmouth Cathedral, I saw the wonderful tondo by Andrea Della Robbia. This small artwork evokes Motherhood, divinity, and fruit, combining the earthly with the divine.
Who doesn’t love a book? How great to lose yourself in the inner world of an author.
…which brings me back to thinking about the Divine Comedy of Dante. In Dante’s time, like our own, there were corrupt politicians and greedy bankers too. But he had a solution for this – to send them into the bowels of hell.
“Always carry a sketchbook with you”.
“Waiting for inspiration to strike is OK. Just make sure there’s a brush in your hand and you’re standing I front of a canvas when inspiration strikes”. – Robert Henri
Rarely rarely comest thou, O Spirit of Delight – and believes in livening us up rather than dragging us down. Philosophy of letter forms or not, it matters little.
I grew up on animated cartoons – my favourite was Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger. I thought I wanted to be an animator, working for an animation company making cartoons. But then I went to art school and discovered painting and sculpture. No comparison. Instead of being a cog in a factory it was…