Well I am sorry Hamish Keith, but you’ve lost me. I am enjoying the series “The Big Picture” but I was somewhat bewildered by episode 4. Maybe its because I was feeling ill but it did not seem to have much cohesion and I thought it was a big jump from episode 3. I see the points about town and country; distance and harking back to England, but wondered if art/appreciation really is a totally urban activity. But what do I know. Anyway its good to see something so opinionated and not watered down on TV. Also was good to see the context of Toss Woolaston whose work I have an affection for and once slept with one of his major works under our bed (long story). I also am wondering about the artists who seem MIA, but I will watch the whole series before I start calling that one. I have also reserved the book. Thank heaven for libraries. This calls for an entry “Art appreciation on a housewife’s budget” :-)
I just noticed yesterday that nearly all my art books have been presents or 2nd hand finds. Oddly my poetry books have not arrtived this way. Obviously people in my life relate to art more than poetry. I think it illustrates the external and internal.
Speaking of books, I have just read John Paton’s “How to Look at a Painting” No wonder it won so many prizes. He articulates thoughts and feelings about art that frequently mirror my own and of course much more eloquently than I will even be able to.