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I am reading a book called “The Theory of Clouds” by Stéphane Audeguy. It is, like much of what I like to read, a mix of fact and fiction and focuses on a history of cloud watching.

A section of the book  tells the story of the painter Carmichael (supposedly based on John Constable) and his obsession with capturing clouds in paint. I had always considered Constable a painter of mills and bucolic settings, but you can see from this google search the extent of his cloud paintings, just a few reproduced here.

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The difficulty of capturing the cloud is discussed at length on “A Theory..” however now the camera captures clouds with more ease, which you see everywhere in photography from Aotearoa.

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Laurence Aberhart. Catholic Cross, Puketapu, Hawke’s Bay, June 1982
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Comfort Art

The days are much shorter here now and the weather a little cooler. Today there is pot of ham and lentil soup in the making and rugby on the go. We have been having a lot of ‘comfort food’ lately which while curled up with a blanket by the fire (what a nana) made me think of ‘comfort art’.

While I doubt any artist wants to be identified as the bread and butter pudding of the art world, in my life I often retreat to what is familiar, warming and a little nostalgic. For the most part, I like to be challenged and provoked and made to think by art, but some days its all too much and I fall back on old favourites. I don’t think these are generic artworks and my favourites would be rather different than someone else’s choices and in fact might be the opposite of comforting for another. I think this feeling is possibly why painting continues on even though every one keeps saying its dead. Perhaps what I have nostalgia for will be seen in 30 or 50 years time in the same light as the Constable print of “The Haywain” my Grandmother had on her wall.


Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Can – Comfort Food/Art?

Art Movies
I have almost accidentally accumulated a small collection of dramatised movies about artists. While some are not so great, Frida, Basquiat and Pollock are excellent. Here is a very short list – please comment if you have any others to add (reviews would excellent too). Documentaries too if you want.

Goya’s Ghosts
Surviving Picasso
Love is the Devil (Bacon)
Frida
Basquiat
Pollock
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer)

BTW – what’s happened to Artbash???

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