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MAY/JUNE 2018

>>> February 2018

In May we had a great trip in our caravan to Fortrose, Gairloch and Ullapool. Then followed the weather to Ben Nevis campsite at Fort William and had four peaceful days there. There were a lot of very old vintage cars in the campsite gathered for the unveiling in Forth William centre of a life-size bronze sculpture of a Ford Model T. Remarkably in 1911 one was driven to the top of Ben Nevis by Henry Alexander Jr. Apparently it took several attempts over five days by Alexander and his team. The descent was filmed and can be seen at:
https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-motoring-over-ben-nevis-1911-online
and also on Youtube.

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I recently came across an excellent recording on Youtube by Martin Gayford (author of Man with a Blue Scarf, about sitting for a portrait by Lucien Freud) describing his visit and interview with Euan Uglow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw4wxHdJTVA

Youtube is a great source of art vdeos. I have been watching some on Richard Diebenkorn and also Wayne Thiebaud. After many years I have finally gotten around to buying books on these two American west coast artists. Diebenkorn is probably best known for his Ocean Park series of large abstracts. But he also spent a period in his career when he returned to figurative subject matter, including townscapes and some extremely painterly, small still life paintings of simple everyday objects.

Wayne Thiebaud started off as a cartoonist and eventually turned to painting, becoming famous for his luscious oil paintings of pastries and cakes amongst other subjects. He has been considered as part of the pop art movement but he really is just a great painter. He is now 97, still working – and playing tennis!

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