Posted in Experiments

Tablet Sketch

I’ve started trying to use a computer tablet (Wacom Intuous) to do some drawing on my laptop. Initially I am using Inkscape, the basic pen tools for Windows and Krita. Getting used to the way that the pressure sensitive pen works is odd, but it is much better than a mouse. Continue reading “Tablet Sketch”

Posted in Exhibitions & Books

Visit: Saint-Omer, Musée de l’Hôtel Sandelin

I was in St Omer, and so decided to drop in on the Sandelin Museum to see what was on show. (, URL Viewed 22/08/2016). Most of the exhibit of relevance to the course were the paintings, of which there are many excellent old French masterpieces on display. There is also a large number of ceramics pieces, sculptures and religious objects. Continue reading “Visit: Saint-Omer, Musée de l’Hôtel Sandelin”

Posted in Notes

What is quality in art?


Although this seems an obvious question the discussions of Modernism in Dispute leads to it in a definite way. Informally the following reflects a starting point:

“You can look at the objective qualities of an art piece, for example the originality, the craftsmanship, materials, display, etc. Then you can see if those elements come together in a way that is pleasing or meaningful or surprising. You would think that the second half would be so different for everybody that there wouldn’t really be a lot of “popular” art, but obviously, there are a lot of art pieces that seem to have a universal appeal.”, posted by slimslowslider at 12:35 PM on July 13, 2005; from , URL Viewed 04/08/2016

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