Ideas for Overcoming Creative Block

Generally my biggest challenge is finding time rather than overcoming creative blocks but I have noticed recently that when I do have some free time it is taking me a bit longer to decide on what to do and to get started.  This could be down to the fact that I’m switching between textiles and paper/canvas but for anyone out there I thought I’d share … Continue reading Ideas for Overcoming Creative Block

First Impressionist Exhibition

On this day in 1874 the first exhibition by the art movement known as Impressionist took place.  The exhibition which was open from 15th April  to 15th May displayed 165 works from thirty artists at 35 Boulevard des Capucines, a former photography studio.  The exhibition was led by French artists Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot calling themselves the Anonymous … Continue reading First Impressionist Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

On this day in 1870 the state of New York granted the Metropolitan Museum of Art an Act of Incorporation which basically established the met as an entity.  The act was granted on the basis that the institution would encourage the study of fine art and act as a cultural centre for the city. The museum is located at 681 Fifth avenue eventually opened on 20th … Continue reading The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

American Psycho cover

Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a film starring Christian Bale, and even a Broadway Musical with … Continue reading Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Winslow Homer: Happy Birthday

We have different reasons for liking Winslow Homer here at Ragtag Towers… An American artist, born on 24th February 1836 in Boston, Homer has ties to our  home county of Northumberland.  In spring 1881 at the age 45, he travelled to the UK and settled in the fishing village of Cullercoats (a village between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth)  where he stayed for 18 months. During the … Continue reading Winslow Homer: Happy Birthday

“That’s Not Art!”

On this day in 1913 an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country.  Staged by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors The Armoury Show was the first large exhibition of modern art in the US and marked the dawn of Modernism in the US.  Opening in a makeshift gallery in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue  the exhibition toured … Continue reading “That’s Not Art!”