The original selfie…

In between looking for a new job I’ve been trying to keep myself busy (doing some more reviews for different places, sadly not paying ones though, those are very had to get hold of now), and going out to make sure I don’t spend too much time at home alone (way, way to easy to brood and let the little black voice hold sway). So after scouring the job sites this morning again (fruitlessly) I headed out to the Royal Scottish Academy to take in the Rembrandt exhibition with a chum, and I am glad I did.

The exhibition had a number of works, from small sketches and some of his print work to his famous portraits, later works influenced by Rembrandt, and of course those amazing self-portraits. The latter are still astonishing, centuries on, not just for the raw humanity they show, painted at different eras of the artist’s life, but for the remarkable techniques, the sense of three dimensional reality. Seeing the original painting of this one above was just magical, the sense of a real person, even the textures – I had to restrain the urge to run my fingers across the section depicting his cap, it looked as if you could actually feel the velvet (naturally I didn’t, the gallery wouldn’t care for that). Some works just retain their power across the centuries…

Edinburgh Printmaker’s Studio

Caught the viewing of the Prints of Darkness album cover art exhibition in the Edinburgh Printmaker’s Studio after work and got to meet local comics creator Malcy Duff in person for the first time (I’ve reviewed several of Malcy’s comics over the years but never actually met him in person); I had no problem recognising which art in the gallery came from Malcy, unsurprisingly. The exhibition runs until the 4th of September in the Studio’s gallery in Union Street, nice and handy from the city centre .

Malcy Duff 01

(Malcy Duff with some of his art on the wal behind him – I’m used to reading Malcy’s comics work, was quite odd to see it on a gallery wall. Gee, now it must be officially Art!! Pic from my Flickr)

William Blake

The British Library is holding an exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of of my favourite poets and artists, William Blake, including how his work has influenced modern creators, including Philip Pullman who has donated part of his manuscript for the Amber Spyglass. One of the items in the exhibition is a notebook of Blake’s, filled with fragments of poetry, observations and sketches of his art (a couple of which could pass as pencil outlines for covers for Mike Carey’s Lucifer comics). For those of us not able to visit the exhibition the British Library has also digitised the notebook and added it to their Turning the Pages site (where they have the original Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland I blogged about months ago), where you can use your mouse to ‘turn’ over each page and have a look.

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Auguries of Innocence, William Blake