Friday, September 21, 2007
Shoes and bags
Continuing - very slowly it must be said! - my series of shoes and bags. Or in this case sandals and probably quite old ones compared to most women's collections.
I've been reading David Hockney's controversial book Secret Knowledge and pondering, amongst other things, why art has so much nonsense attached to it. When we ask 'is it art?' it's as if to qualify it has to be something magical, something out of this world, loaded with meaning that can't be explained, done by the hand of some demigod with mystical powers. The more of that propaganda I read the more convinced I am that 'Art' does not exist! Art can be many things but one of them, for me, is that it can simply be a record. I think that is (just) one of the reasons why I admire Holbein so much. His portraits are a very accurate record of the times. His faces are real people, his honest portrayals cut through the centuries the way, I feel, no other artist has managed. If he had been an impressionist, for example, we wouldn't have had all the same amount of information about the sitters or the environment they lived in.
So I rather like this recording of things. They probably show a lot about me and my taste and as time goes on, of passing fashion (or lack of it!). I have a terrible memory but these possessions tend to spark off long forgotten things. The top shoe is a little bit too 'classic' for me normally but I bought them in Kuwait to match an outfit I wore to a do at Al Boom restaurant (actually a huge wooden dhow and the only photos I could find were on someones blog, written at the time I was there). The middle sandal is elasticated and really comfy but that square toe has me tripping up all the time so they hardly got worn! I can't remember when I bought them but they remind me of Marks & Spencer in Marble Arch (my Mecca!). The one on the right is a beaded one that reminds me of Marina Mall, the place I bought it. Actually, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever worn them! It's that jutting sole again!
And the less I say about this drawing the better! Perhaps no-one will notice but this should have been abandoned but I kept trying to revive it for the sake of the blog. Oh well, it's only a record of my fave bag of the moment. The problem was I started it in May but took up watercolours just after I got the outline and a bit of shading done, then gave it up( there are a couple of splashes on it where I was practising my splodges and drips!). So now the bag is more floppy and the highlights and folds drove me mad trying to get them to look the same. I know what's wrong with it but I just can't be bothered now, it's time to move on!