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Portrait: Mum

Portrait Mum

Been a long time in posting this as it was completed in February. Nevertheless, this is the film of my painting a portrait of my Mum.

Acrylic on canvas, measures 80cm x 100cm.

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Steve Jobs

Just wished to pay my respects to an immense innovator and visionary.

I found this article on the man who most influenced him very revealing:

The Man Who Inspired Jobs  – being Edwin H. Land – creator of Polaroid, and this quote a breath of fresh air:

“Market research is what you do when your product isn’t any good.” And his sense of innovation: “Every significant invention,” Land once said, “must be startling, unexpected, and must come into a world that is not prepared for it. If the world were prepared for it, it would not be much of an invention.” Thirty years later, when a reporter asked Jobs how much market research Apple had done before introducing the iPad, he responded, “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.”

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Film: The Last Lap – Help!

Over a year ago I took the plunge and decided to try out an MA for size, purely on the grounds that it was self indulgent and dovetailed into the demands of teaching and the changing face of the curriculum (pre-election – of course). Well, I’m delighted to say I have survived so far. I have completed four modules and could drop out now with a commendable Diploma for my troubles. But I feel I need to go on. Get it finished. What an achievement that would be! Bloody hell. An MA. Continue reading Film: The Last Lap – Help!

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Pop Art Blue

Brilliant opening sequence by PolitelyHomicidal. It features Roy Lichtenstein’s comic strip works, of course Andy Warhol portraits, and others from the Pop Art movement, but also the much overlooked Richard Hamilton’s Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?

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Don’t Miss This Opportunity… Oh, go on then…

Have decided to take the plunge back into murky academic waters again, It’s a bit scary, I have to say. Although the reason I chose this course was because it seemed totally self-indulgent and not in the least wordy. Creative Teacher – what an excellent way to reflect the creative curriculum, (how many boxes does that tick? –oh, and the brownie points…) and be completely selfish at the same time, thought I.
The paper, Postgraduate Professional Development: Creative Teacher, was shown to me in the staff room – my friend often does this to me – very casually – you could do that – and, yes, it did look interesting. But, as I’m sure so many other teachers will agree, It’s just another bloody piece of paper to file away or make a momentary decision about, in the course of a decision riddled day. Most of the time I leave these pieces of paper to fester in some pile until their sell buy date has well and truly expired, allowing me the privilege of no decision. But this piece of paper just kept bobbing up to the surface and winking at me.

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Degrees aren’t worth anything – You think?

Sir Ken Robinson

I love listening to inspirational speakers. They imbue such a feeling of warmth and endless possibilities that I just want to run with or shout out there ideas. I remember listening to an inspirational speaker, Sir John Jones. His plea was very similar to Sir Ken Robinson’s (see below) – a review of our perceptions about education, creativity and how we learn.

One anecdote made me swallow back tears. He talked about how we can be trained into conditions, like flees. Flees can jump extraordinarily high considering their mass. But if you trap one in a cup and put a lid on it, it will eventually learn to jump to the height of the cup. And if you take away the lid it will still only jump as high as the cup – so never jumping out.

Admittedly, that’s not the part that made me tearful.

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I love Ze’s doodle and play

Scribbler Art

I found Ze Frank’s web site years ago and have loved gong back to it to doodle and play. He has the most amazing sense of humour. I just giggle at his dance classes. If you’ve not been there and done him yet, look at this as a taster    Ze Frank: What’s so funny about the Web?

and then visit his site.


Scribbler art from Ze Frank's site
Scribbler art from Ze Frank’s site