From my shelf. The Horse’s Mouth.


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One of my favourite things on Facebook recently were the posts called Shelfies ( shelvies). They are photos of peoples bookshelves, and I really enjoyed trying to see what reading habits many of my friends have.

There are many books on my shelves that I hope to someday reread and this is one of them. It’s probably 25 years since I read The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary, and that’s been too long.

The Horse’s Mouth is a 1944 novel by Joyce Cary, the third in his First Trilogy, whose first two books are Herself Surprised (1941) and To Be A Pilgrim (1942). The Horse’s Mouth follows the adventures of Gulley Jimson, an artist who would exploit his friends and acquaintances to earn a quid, told from his point of view, just as the other books in the First Trilogy tell events from their central characters’ different points of view. Cary’s novel also uses Gulley’s unique perspective to comment on the social and political events of the time.

Daily Studio Photograph. June 7, 2012.


June 7, 2012.

June 7, 2012.

The reading continues, and this one is about Pop Art. What is your favourite art movement, and are there still such things as art movements?

Daily Studio Photograph. June 1 2012.


June 1, 2012.

June 1, 2012.

Well June is here, and I think last months daily studio photographs were just too exciting. So I’m going to slow things down a bit, and Junes daily photo will be of me sitting in my favourite chair. Reading. Too dull? Tell me what book I’m reading.

Summer Reads.


Summer Reads.

Summer Reads.

I had a couple Amazon gift certificates and so I ordered a couple of books that I thought might be fun summer reading. I quickly read It Hurts, by Matthew Collings, and it was a fun, fast, light read. In many ways it was like reading someone’s gossip filled diary. I enjoy Collings, and I’ve read several other books by him, but I’d like him to try something different. Maybe a personal memoir.

I’ve not yet read High Art Lite by Julian Stallabrass, and I’m saving it for a day when I can sit on the deck in the sun. With a beer maybe? What are you reading this summer?

The Soundtrack Of My Day.


I used to listen to music all the time when I painted, but now that I have kids I find I listen to music less. It might have something to do with my enjoying moments of silence more than I used to. Of course silence is now rare and therefore more precious to me.

This week I’m going to try and get back to listening to music while I work and I’d like you to help me pick an album to listen to tomorrow. Please vote for the album of your choice.