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Ogni giorno / Every day

Manuel Chiacchiararelli

“Le persone di solito considerano un miracolo camminare sull’acqua o nel nulla. Ma credo che il vero miracolo non sia camminare né sull’acqua né nel nulla, ma camminare sulla terra. Ogni giorno siamo coinvolti in un miracolo che nemmeno riconosciamo: un cielo azzurro, nuvole bianche, foglie verdi, gli occhi neri e curiosi di un bambino, i nostri due occhi. Tutto è un miracolo”.

“Cammina come se stessi baciando la Terra con i tuoi piedi.”

 (Thich Nhat Hanh)

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“People usually consider it a miracle to walk on water or nowhere. But I believe that the real miracle is not walking on water or nothing, but walking on earth. Every day we are involved in a miracle that we do not even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black and curious eyes of a…

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Sunset, Foxley Wood, England

Nicholas Koch

Sunset, Foxley Wood, England

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Cliff Top House, Big Sur, California

Aaron Bryant

Cliff Top House, Big Sur, California

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Misty Mountainside, Chihshang

David Lloyd's Artwork

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 29.5 x 19.5cm, 2021

While we were in Chihshang a typhoon came and hit the island, actually forcing our return train to be cancelled, but fortunately we were spared the worst of the storm. Typhoons always affect the weather for many days before and after they arrive. This typhoon caused it to rain and become cloudier than it had been. I enjoyed watching the rainstorms coming across the valley and as they left I had the chance to draw these beautiful wispy clouds hugging the mountainsides and snaking across the peaks. It was a lot of fun to draw this constantly changing wonder of nature.

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Russell Jacoby (b. 1945) – Selected Works

A fascinating thinker;both a radical and interested in Psychoanalysis.

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Academic Marxism is hardly the whole of the political Left. Recent symposiums on the Left have stressed that the goals of the past decades have not been met: racism, poverty, discrimination, remain current realities; the 80s will see groups trying to survive in the teeth of government retrenchment and recession. This is undeniable. The struggle to survive cannot be criticized; yet it has little to do with the fate of a political Left. Nor is this an insult. The Left has often confused oppression with revolution; the most oppressed were the most blessed. Yet it belongs to basic Marxism that there is no automatic link between suffering and revolutionary activity. Marx never argued that the working class suffered more than the peasantry. The specific conditions of the working class prompted the hope of revolution. That various socioeconomic groups and minorities are in for a bad deal in the coming years…

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Some thoughts about crowd scenes, by way of the sketchbook

Kathleen Jennings

A month after the residency at Concordia, I went back for their 75th anniversary. Here’s a sketch of a portion of the choir. I wish I’d had more time to draw them —it was delightful —the hairstyles, the hats, the attitudes, the varying degrees to which uniforms had been bought to be grown into.

I’ve been thinking lately about sketching groups (here’s one from the sketches I previously posted from the residency).

It’s good practice, of course —it increases speed and as well as observing motion and proportions you need to watch how these interact, and how people interact in groups. How they respond and evade, how they make different movements to reflect the same emotion or to distinguish themselves from the people nearest, or how they choose to ally themselves with another. Who is distracted, who is peering over shoulders.

I think the picture below was of a…

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Chihshang Ricefields 2, Taitung

David Lloyd's Artwork

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 29.5 x 19.5cm, 2021

This was my second rice field drawing and it’s another impression of the Chihshang area and famous Mr. Brown Boulevard drawn from a different viewpoint to the first. It is a very beautiful, relaxing area and you can see the flowing rice fields stretching out in front of the distant farmhouses and mountains.

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The Nine, by Gwen Strauss

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Not long ago in The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Henriette Roosenburg, I read the story of a Dutch Resistance woman who made her way home in the chaos of postwar Europe. Roosenburg was a member of the Nacht and Nebel (‘Night and Fog’) group of political prisoners and had been liberated from the Waldheim camp in Germany, but the French Resistance women whose story is told in The Nine, How a Band of Daring Resistance Women Escaped from Nazi Germany had been in Ravensbrück, the camp exclusively for women slave labourers which I had read about in Sarah Helm’s If This is a Woman.  The escape of the women who are featured in The Nine was not from the Ravensbrück camp itself but from one of the infamous WW2 Nazi Death Marches.  Many of the thousands who perished in this Death March were Jewish, but the…

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“Coastal workshop” drawings and prints

Some great images – monoprints are great fun!

Jane Sketching

Last weekend I participated in a workshop led by the artist and printmaker Fiona Fouhy. We worked on the beach and cliffs around Botany Bay, between Margate and Broadstairs in Kent, UK

Here is a selection of the pictures I made during the workshop.

This a drawing done using a piece of white chalk from the cliffs, plus some work-in-progress pictures.

Sketchers on the shore, Kent chalk on black paper, A3

Here is a drawing of the white cliffs, done in white cliff chalk.

White cliffs near Margate, Kent Chalk on black paper, A3

We made some monoprints, using a portable printing press, perched outdoors on the cliff top at Botany Bay.

Back in the garden, we made more monoprints, this time using colour. Here is my series called “The grass will grow over your cities”.

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Scivola via… / Slipping away…

The translation reads poetically indeed!

Manuel Chiacchiararelli

Le foreste sono ora vestite di un verde scuro e stanco, ultimi lamenti di un’estate splendente. L’erba sfuma in un morente tappeto giallastro, mentre un silenzio assordante riprende possesso e regna sovrano.

Madre Natura rallenta il suo ritmo: è ora di prepararsi a dormire, e lasciare che il tempo scivoli via…

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The forests are now dressed up in a dark tired green, last wailings of a shining summer. The grass fades into a yellowish dying carpet, while a deafening silence regains possession and reigns supreme.

Mother Nature slows down her pace: it’s time to get ready to sleep, and let time slip away…

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