Boy in the Dunes

July 27, 2009

Yesterday Jee Yeon and I with the kids spent part of the afternoon at Karen and Peter’s under the pretext to look at the chickens. Kids had a great time in the swimming pool, while we chatted on a very Mediterranean looking terrace, with the flag-stoned court and huge views over the valley.

The Mediterranean feel was accentuated by eating a watermelon, the remnants of which we fed to the chickens. They weren’t terribly impressed with that. The bread  crusts went down much better.

Children were like little puppies, so sweet and lovable, with Ollie transcending into the stage of a touch older and danglier one. Jee Yeon keeps saying, how she doesn’t want them to grow up. This Sunday we went for a walk in a Fairlight Country Park (I think on the other end of the park they call it Hastings Country Park). We were walking along the path, and the four of them went in an indian file, brandishing sticks and chanting some made up song. Jee Yeon followed, then I. She said: “Oh, They are so cute! I don’t want them to grow up! Of course, Jiang Mi and Eva can produce one (child) each…” To which I said in a commanding tone “Children, as soon as you grow up, you have to quickly make some babies, so that Jee Yeon and I don’t get bored!” They ignored us on the account of being busy.

Two years ago I painted a portrait of Ollie, Peter and Karen’s son, and forgot to take a photo of it. Karen e-mailed it to me today.

Portrait of Ollie Spencer jumping from the dune on Camber Sands.

Ollie Spencer

I asked Karen, if she’d help me out with my “corporate identity”, as I am really struggling. The logo, the brochure, the stationery – all is in odd bits and not particularly attractive pieces. I need to bring it all together somehow, but am suffering from lack of vision in this matter. I need a professional!!! Which is Karen Wilks. One of my recent mental agendas is appreciation. Like sticking my head a little out of a family nut shell and having a look around. And having had a little look around, finding all these wonderful people doing wonderful things, as well as coping with the madness of the contemporary life style, which includes:- barring one-self and one’s children from the abundance of the harmful substances being shoved at one from all directions, while with the other hand pushing the unnecessary and/or harmful stuff at the others;- finding the best possible way to bring up and educate one’s children out of a multitude of old and proven harmful or dubious new recipes;- packing, buying, unpacking, recycling by means of packing into other packaging, or throwing out as is various unnecessary stuff;- making sure that the goods and money move in a continuous rigorous flow for the survival of our civilization;- and so on…Yes… I am learning to appreciate us, people.

Как например, загореть, а потом кожу обдирать. Недавно установила личный рекорд по площади ободранного за одир раз лоскута.

Или сидеть и ничего не делать, и при этом не чувствовать себя виноватой, и чтобы никто не приставал.

Бабочка на моем окне.

Бабочка на моем окне.

А теперь голубь к нам заходит уже несколько дней. И вид у него такой же как и у всякого посетителя галереи: “М-хмм, ну и что у вас есть интересного?” Проходит на кухню, крошки поклевать. Ну, а потом его кто-нибудь выпроваживает, пока он не переварил эти крошки… Недавно видела, подглядывал в окно ванной.

Arty pigeon

July 18, 2009

A shadow of the seagull

A shadow of the seagull

A Pigeon keeps coming in to the gallery for several days now. Walks in through the open door, into the back room, to the kithchen. When shooed out, returns. I saw it the other day peeping into the bathroom window.

My favourite music

July 17, 2009

After long wanderings about on the Net, I had to console myself with this most favourite piece of music. Why is it that they are soooo divine here, together? Is there some extra magic in collaborations?..

Actuallly, after a bit more surfing I realised, that Bobby McFerrin is The Genius of the musical collaboration.

And improvisation

Gosh! It’s like souls making love… I want that!

Утром посетила меня такая хорошая революционная идея, что мир должен быть без границ. Это не честно, аморально, не практично и пр, что есть страны, таможни, валюты, паспорта.


Дай, думаю, посмотрю, что в сети есть на этот счет. Наверняка, я не первая этим проникнулась. Натурально, нахожу сайт,  а на нем форум. Иду, а там русские со всякой … литературно – порнографией. Сморите сами: – И так весь насквозь сайт!

Спасибо тебе, большое, Россия! За вклад в передовое дело единения всех народов!

Да, и кстати, спасибо тебе, великий русский язык, за многообразие склонений, спряжений и умножений трех матерных слов твоих! (Это я по русским блогам прошлась, насмотрелась…)

Вдохновилась, в общем.

А вообще-то я теперь вся позитивная буду через год. Вот только дочитаю литературку о духовности…


July 17, 2009


July 17, 2009

За этим меня раньше было не поймать – за ностальгией.

Или не ностальгия это?.. А что тогда? Захотелось всех из училища собрать в одну кучу и вернуть ощущения.


More about Death

July 15, 2009

If I could drop dead right now, I’d be the happiest man alive.
  – Samuel Goldwyn


Not that I am so unhappy, no. But there is something big and exciting on the other side… The curiosity is the reason.

My favourite blog of the month:

My find of the month:

Congratulations to the winners!

Baroque music

July 15, 2009

Last 15 months or so, apart from searching for the new ways, I was also timidly re-establishing the old links.

Lately had a lively e-mail exchange with a friend from the college, who I had a very zig-zagy history of friendship with. He established a regular presence on the LiveJournal, which is one of my, yet very few, favourite blogs.

Went there this morning and found Max and “his circle” indulging in a “cravatted” high-browed conversation about Baroque music, Scarlatti, harpsichord pieces, Royer etc, with some pieces featured, which I am pinching for my own use here (see below). Had to peruse the Wiki, Amazon and Youtube to educate myself up to the post…

 Ended up spending some £ on Amazon… Of course, what I should be doing at this moment is actually working hard in the studio. Somehow, I am not.

Anyway, what I actually want to accentuate this morning is – it’s been long since I had a proper communication with the Russian language. That’s why I am especially enjoying Max’s blog (, and another one just found, one of “his circle”: Refreshing!