Hey Hay! On my way….

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Tomorrow I shall be seeing Tim Marlow Art Historian extraordinaire interviewing Steve McCurry the award-winning Magnum photographer.

Tim Marlow is a wonderful broadcaster and journalist every once in a while I’ll catch an old episode of his Great Artists series on Sky Arts. I could hear him speak for hours. 🙂

And we all know Steve McCurry’s magnificent, iconic photographs. For more see @steve mccurryofficial

Another event I am attending is “Memory and mental time travel” which sounds incredibly fascinating and is a talk by a scientist and artist! 🙂 Jpeg

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Hay Festival 2014 Event: Picture Book Panel (Part 3)

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Picture Books are very magical indeed. I will soon blog about how they magically, yes MAGICALLY came into my life in a later post. Obviously I love picture books so could not resist this event. And Rachel was most inspiring because she literally has her own card and gift EMPIRE plus she like randomly decided to work as an air stewardess (among many other ventures) which is sooooo the type of thing I would do except I’m not good with flying! Oh yes and Rachel was 5 months pregnant at the time and has since had her beautiful daughter! 

So the Super-Awesome-Picture-Book-Gang is Chris Haughton on the left below, Oliver Jeffers centre and the sunny & gorgeous Rachel Bright! 😀 You need to read “Oh no! George” by Haughton because you need more colour in your life and you must purchase “This moose belongs to me” by Jeffers because it is a gorgeous picture book and you must read all the “Love Monster” stories. I also own some of Rachel’s “The Bright Side” range of gifts and cards. A post on that coming shortly!
JpegOk so seconds before I got a pic with the Super-Awesome-Picture-Book-Gang my hair was on point. Like PERFECT. On Fleek as North West would say.

Then somehow my hair turns into this…Like WTF? Just not on point, just seconds ago it was like Rachel’s with a side parting and then this raven cascade sans side-parting just flops down upon my scalp from outta nowhere! Just not a good look but my boobs look EPIC so can’t complain 😛

JpegApologies if you were looking for a more in depth discussion of the points raised at the panel. I have simply forgotten-it was a year ago! Notably the trauma of my hair not on fleek took precedent in the recollection of this event.  

xoxo Catherine 😀

Artist: Fabian Perez

I discovered this Argentine Artist by chance as I walked past Cardiff’s Blue Dot Gallery. His art was displayed in the window and I popped into the gallery to see more of his beautiful and seductive paintings. I instantly loved them and the Cezanne-esque brushstrokes.

That was back in 2012. The following year I had the good fortune to meet the Artist Fabian in Cheltenham’s Whitewall Gallery. I was pretty nervous to meet him which is quite unusual because I’m always attending events like these. So I asked him  who Michiko was-he does many paintings of her (turns out she’s an old friend from Japan.) I asked him how to get started with painting he answered it’s important to learn how to paint, master the basics then cultivate your own style. I was so nervous I ended up cutting the conversation short. My Mum was there with me whilst I chatted to him so I introduced my Mum to him! Initially we arrived prior to his attendance so me Mum & Dad had a good wander around the gallery that showcased his work. It was jam-packed with collector’s and fans! The reason my parents came was because Cheltenham is an awkward place to get to by train. It’s only a 1 1/2 hour drive but via train it’s 2 1/2 hours with x2 stops! We got to walk around the beautiful city of Cheltenham so it was wroth the trip for us all.

His paintings of Michiko are my favourite no doubt because with our Asiatic eyes she’s the lady I most resemble out of the many women Perez paints. Call it a Bias of Vanity.

Fabian did not have the easiest upbringing. Do have a read of his biography you’ll be touched and inspired by his Art even more.

http://www.fabianperez.com/about/biography

I can definitely relate to his early struggles in Life. I guess that explains why I was so immediately drawn to him. But Fabian is no tortured soul. He’s talented, handsome and has a beautiful family see below:

 

Find more pics from this event here: