Monthly Archives: December 2011

Life drawing. dec.


Some Christmas pop ups..

My brother in law and nephew trying to fix my housemate..

A load of cock n bull.

Zebra and co.


Dramatic lighting effect.

Basking shark and friends.

Mighty Boosh/Dali/Surrealism/Alan Davie/Outsider art

I like Noel’s drawings where he has tried not to draw anything but has failed to completely do so . This reminds me of outsider art and especially  Alan Davie who said

“When I’m painting properly I’m not painting through knowledge.  The images I’m producing are not coming from any positive conscious thinking. They are coming from a completely unconscious source. “

Alan Davie :Transcribed from the film “Alan Davie” by Eila Hershow, Roberto Guerra and Wibke Von Bonin.

Alan Davie also experimented with trying to make unsuccessful compositions which ultimately proved much more successful than when trying to make good ones!

Alan Davie. Insignias For Magic




The absurdity of suicide. Artist – Andrew Riley.

Andrew Riley. The Bunny Suicides.

What is the Absurd? It is, as may quite easily be seen, that I, a rational being, must act in a case where my reason, my powers of reflection, tell me: you can just as well do the one thing as the other, that is to say where my reason and reflection say: you cannot act and yet here is where I have to act… The Absurd, or to act by virtue of the absurd, is to act upon faith … I must act, but reflection has closed the road so I take one of the possibilities and say: This is what I do, I cannot do otherwise because I am brought to a standstill by my powers of reflection.

— Kierkegaard, Søren, Journals, 1849

Although the notion of the ‘absurd’ is pervasive in all of the literature of Albert CamusThe Myth of Sisyphus is his chief work on the subject. In it, Camus considers absurdity as a confrontation, an opposition, a conflict or a “divorce” between two ideals. Specifically, he defines the human condition as absurd, as the confrontation between man’s desire for significance, meaning and clarity on the one hand – and the silent, cold universe on the other. He continues that there are specific human experiences evoking notions of absurdity. Such a realization or encounter with the absurd leaves the individual with a choice: suicide, a leap of faith, or recognition. He concludes that recognition is the only defensible option – wikipedia

-Camus,Albert (1913-1960). Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. Vintage Books (1991).

Absurdity in a philosophical sense is a term raised through the thinking of Soren Kierkegaard and later Albert Camus. It refers to mans need to make sense of everything and the fact that it is entirely beyond mans resources to do so.

Camus suggested that suicide as a means of escape from the absurd was in itself absurd and also considers a leap of faith to be ‘philosophical suicide’. He rejects both and instead says we must embrace our absurd condition.

Andrew Riley is well known for his Bunny Suicides, he is also a comic scriptwriter for television having worked on Black books,Little Britain, Harry and Paul, Smack the Pony and many,many more comedies. He was also a stage Dancer for The Pod – pre Mighty Boosh comedy techno band with Julian Barret.

Artist – Paul Klee

KN the Blacksmith.Paul Klee .1879-1940

Klee was an important German/Swiss artist who was highly influenced by expressionism,cubism,surrealism and orientalism. Although his work appears very abstract his process was all about studying reality, his was just another ‘method of studying nature’. Sara Fanelli is one modern artist who has been highly influenced by his work and they both have a grasp of the absurd.

“Georg Schmidt has described him as “the most realistic painter of the twentieth century”

Paul Klee art work creates a world that tries to make sense of reality to the point where a philosopher might label him absurd – as it is surely absurd to try and things make sense.

‘Certain philosophers maintain that Klee’s work is poetical but absurd – as it would be did the srtist not succeed in convincing us of its existence. If he failed to do so it would not even be poetic. Klee’s paintings reveal an area of intuitive knowledgewhere the absurd has its own rigorous logic and therefore ceases to be absurd’

The Twittering Machine. 1922. Paul Klee.

Klee used humour in his artwork and with the titles of his paintings. He made images that were dreamlike, poetical and musical.

‘When faced with the exceptional richness of Klee’s imagerie one might perhaps say that it is in fact a reflection of the cosmic fervour of his thought. But there is something else there – that humour which we rarely find in his theoretical writings. there is humour even in the gloomy pictures of his last days. The still life, which was the last of his works, is by way of being the triumph of humour over the preceeding paintings.’

Klee taught at the Bauhaus with his compatriot  Wassily Kandinski who is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Both studied colour and its application through intense thought and practice.


Quotes from G.Di San Lazarro’s Klee;a study of his life and work. Thames and Hudson.1957

See also Klee:text by Marcel Mornat. Leon Amiel Publisher.NY 1974.