Monthly Archives: February 2010

more…plus herbal superstition

All this vivid greenery that comes with the rain makes me think about a programme I watched recently about Gaelic food traditions in Stornoway (the western isles). They used to use wild thyme gathered on the moors to ward off witchcraft by tying it to cattle’s tails (mint was also used in the same way). It was also said to have healing properties and was tied to a child’s cradle to ward off the evil eye…good to know…

…a few more recently gathered meadows puddles just for the hell of it…

bench with a view…

looking down to look up…

Some pictures of the weather using some puddles in the meadows…, its raining right now as i post this by the way…and its 1˚C…and its windy…did i mention it was cold?
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macabre update…

…funny how things come full circle, was blogging a wee bit in a previous post about Burke and Hare, and then it turns out John Landis has been in Edinburgh this week filming  a horror comedy about them with Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg in the main roles . They have been filming all over the old town, i bumped into this set, while walking home. They were filming in torrential rain just below George IV bridge.

setting up the shot, some lighting is suspended by some balloon type thingy

burke and hare queueing up to get into some fancy type of pub that has a guest list…

…and just to carry of the mood…here are some more of Edinburgh’s beautiful, ancient, creepy, decrepit, melancholic graveyards:

skeletons on horseback…

I want to draw attention to this incredible teaching drawing.

It normally resides in the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School in Edinburgh, but right now it forms part of an exhibition called “Drawing for Instruction: the art of explanation” (Smugglerius is also part of this show) The drawing is huge, about 2.5 metres square and is very strange and wonderfull. I particularly love the earrings and also there is a key pattern on the skirt of the skeleton’s toga. Maybe he is meant to be alexander the great, i don’t know…

just to give an ideal of scale, you can see horse and rider again here in the background

So anyway i went to the gallery after hours to a drawing workshop…

…so basically we were split into atoms and binding, and then swapped over half way, drawing from the different points of view..

…maybe not my finest art moment but it’s always good to force yourself to get out and do stuff, its usually enjoyable, and these days too much of my practice is computer and camera based…

swings and arrows…

The swings and arrows of an ordinary day…

Ok start the day with farmers market, this rates very high on the edinburgh middle classometer…

…then head into town to the other side of the castle where i run into an anti-nazi rally in city centre,

police amassing…

…somewhat disorganised but successful in that they stopped a nazi related march from happening on this same day. We were told that the supporters of this nazi march had been “corralled” into 5 or 6 bars in the city where they were being held whilst transport was being found to bus them out of town. Am thinking of unsuspecting American tourists in some quaint wee bar when all of a suddenly… another high score for the protesting middle classometer…

…i have a feeling this guy is a pain in the arse, but i thought his sign was pretty funny, the other side said “i am holding a sign”.

…then back home to edit a film for an italian firm for some unbelievably expensive products in my (very cold) flat which i can’t afford to heat…triple point score for the starving freezing artist…and a few extra points for a bourgeois occupation…