Monday, 19 July 2010

Progress with the summer reads.

Well I've been reading my summer books, trying to decide which two to do the project on. So far I've read "Story of the Eye" by Georges Bataille and "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. "Story of the Eye" was quite a read, although its only short, its quite intense to say the least. Its about a teeneage couple and their violent sexual exploits. I dunno if I'd say that I liked it or enjoyed reading it because at some points it did make me feel uncomfortable, but it was welll worth reading and you can really see the surrealist imagery running through the novel.
Don't think I'll do it for the project though.
Then I read "A Farewell to Arms", which is a semi autobiographical novel about a man's experience of the First World War serving as an American in the Ambulance Service of the Italian army and a love affair he has with an English nurse. At first I wasn't sure, I think it takes a while to become interesting. The beginning is mostly about the war and discussions about the purpose of war, but by about a third of the way through I started to really like it and the ending was great. I've not written it off yet as a possibility for the project.
Anyway, I've got three more to read before I make a decision!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Summer Books

We've been set 4 project to choose from for summer. I've decided to do the book project that seems to be similar to the Fiction project we did at the beginning of second year. We were given a book list and asked to choose 2 books from the list to read over summer then fill a sketchbook with work and research about them. I can't decide which ones to read because there are so many good ones on the list, so I've narrowed it down to the books below and then I'm going to choose from those.

I went to "Picasso Peace+Freedom" at the Tate Liverpool a few weeks ago. Its a really good show, especially the prints.

David Hockney

I've been looking at David Hockney again too, I've always liked his drawings and prints more than his paintings.

Van Gogh

I watched this documentary/drama about Van Gogh last night. I didn't really know much about his drawings, but I like his drawings of French Peasants and I think they'll be useful for me to look at for my project on Victorian Women. I'm not very confident when it comes to drawing people so this project is going to be a bit of a challenge and I'm going to try to get better at it!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

The temptation to take the precious things we have apart, to see how they work, must be resisted for they never fit together again.