A - Z Challenge 2016

A – Z Challenge 2016, E if For…

Eis for East, Alfred. I did not really have an E that sprang to mind so had to do a search and after dismissing a fwe others settled upon this gentleman.

Painting of East by Laszlo
Painting of East by Laszlo

East was born in Kettering in Northamptonshire and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. His romantic landscapes show the influence of the Barbizon school. His The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour was published in 1906. In April 1888 he had shared an exhibition at the galleries of the Fine Art Society with T.C. Gotch and W. Ayerst Ingram, and was commissioned the following year by Marcus Huish, Managing Director of the Society, to spend six months in Japan to paint the landscape and the people of the country. When the exhibition of 104 paintings from this tour was held at the Fine Art Society in 1890 it was a spectacular success.

East visited Spain after 1892 when he visited Algeciras at the southern end of Iberia.[2]

In 1906 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Artists, a position he held until his death. In that year, he published his 107-page illustrated “The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour”; in its preface, he made the observation: “The greatest errors in landscape painting are to be found — contradictory as it may appear — not so much in the matter of technique as in the painter’s attitude toward Nature”. In this book he described his techniques using colours, half-tones and pencil sketches.

He was awarded a Knighthood in 1910 by King Edward VII. His portrait was painted by Philip de Laszlo. The Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering, designed by John Alfred Gotch opened on 31 July 1913. The Alfred East Gallery is Northamptonshire’s oldest purpose-built art gallery.

East was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1899, having been a regular exhibitor since 1883 and elected to full membership in 1913.

On Sunday, 28 September 1913, Alfred East died at his London residence in Belsize Park. His body was taken back to Kettering and lay in state in the Art Gallery, where it was surrounded by the pictures he had presented to the town, and attracted crowds of several thousands.

I cheated and lifted the bio from Wikipedia simply as there is not much said there apart from a list of his accomplishments, for those outside the UK you may not know Kettering is an army town and has been for many years and I would speculate he came from a fairly well off military family but for all his travels there is something very homely about his art.

BAL14993 The Fiesta by East, Sir Alfred (1849-1913) Roy Miles Fine Paintings English, out of copyright
BAL14993 The Fiesta by East, Sir Alfred (1849-1913)
Roy Miles Fine Paintings
English, out of copyright

I chose this picture first as it struck me that on the one hand you have the feeling of an impressionist, Monet himself regularly painted figures in the garden but the back ground structure was what really made me stop and look again. I cannot be sure if it is an aqueduct or a railway bridge, certainly by this point the age of steam was in full flow, Monet and several other artists painted in the stations in Paris yet East chooses to show architecture blending into the landscape rather than jarring against it,

Many times writers go to extremes in an attempt to surprise and entertain but it is just as true for us that in integrating layers of ideas subtly you can create depth in a story and achieve the same impact  eventually but at a what could be considered a slower pace, in some ways this makes the juxtapositions of ideas more surprising than an initial jarring at seeing them side by side.View_at_Kettering

The final one reminds me again of numerous other artists but I think it also serves as a reminder that just because something is similar to other things it does not negate the quality of the work or the time spent crafting it. They say all stories can be tracked back to half a dozen themes, after that everything is just a variation. Likewise when you consider that there is every chance dozens of artists have stood in that self same spot he paint from at countless points through time, the time differences caused by his eyesight looking at that spot on that day may not be obvious without another next to it for exact comparison but just consider how very different that same painting might have felt if there had been black clouds and rain on that day.

We should all remember that often it is the slightest things that can change everything without seeming important at all.

Glossybox Monthly Review

Glossybox Review July 2015

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OohLaLa! Oh my what a pretty box this months goodies arrived in, I know the box should not matter but it does, I love it when I get something different and I do use these for storing things in, my Marilyn Monroe one from a few months ago now holds note cards waiting to be sent out into the big blue yonder. Even the bottom of this is pretty…

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However I guess we should move onto the contents…

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As you can see we have an extra layer this month so on we go…

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First thought is disappointment at no make up but lets go into the products one by one, the first one is the second from the right I have no close up picture because despite taking a couple of shots they were all blurred and  can’t be bothered getting the camera out for just one photo lol sorry!

Teoxane Cosemecteuticals Perfect Skin Refiner

I have to put my hands up I have not tried this yet but I am interested to as soon as I can. At the minute I am still struggling to get the last break out under control and because this seems to be some sort or chemical peel type thing even though very very mild I am thinking putting it on crusty scabs is possibly not a good idea. The fact you also need to use a high SPF while using it suggests it is going to remove top layers of skin so it will have to wait. As the full size version is £70 the chances are I will love it lol

So next up and back to normal review procedure…

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Vichy Liftactiv Advanced Filler

I have previously failed to be impressed by Vichy and I am afraid it continues, the full size is £31 and not something I will be buying, yes my skin feels nice after I use it but I don’t really think there has been any difference to the fine lines, I do know people who sing the praises of these products so I am not saying they don’t work only that they don’t seem to have worked for me.

Next up will it get any better…

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Lollipops Lip Balm Delicieuse

I loved the Lollipops eyeliner I received previously and the packaging for this fits in with the fun look of the company, at £4.15 it is slightly pricey for a lip balm but it is nice, soothes dry cracked lips but can be a little gloopy if too much is applied, would I buy this again, if I saw it in a store on offer yes, would I go looking for it probably not.

This month has not seemed good so far…

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noxidoxi Enhancing Serum Base

I like this, I don’t love it as I will explain in a minute but I do like it. Full size costs £33.46 (I think the strange prices this month are the conversions from Euro prices) and the idea is you put this on under you moisturiser.  Now that on its own works nicely and I really like it but here is the reason I don’t love it… when you move on to the next stage and apply your make up unless you are very careful it has a strange effect on your foundation. It reminds me a little of cleaning a frying pan and not using enough washing up liquid, you know what I mean where the oil goes opaque and leaves smears but as long as you have time to do the extra blending it is not a problem.

And finally…

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Glossybox Exclusive Travel Pouch

They say this costs £3.99 but really unless you have bought the box you are probably not going to ever come across it. I totally love this, okay I am not using it for make up I already have a make up bag I like and as I am not travelling in the near future it would be waiting a while to be used so I have appropriated it as a pencil case. Because it is quite large it means a good shake flattens everything out for when I am loading my bag and means I can fit a few extra bits in.

Not the best box I have received in terms of contents and I am hoping for more make up next box as the last few have been heavy on the skin care side but still some interesting things I would never have tried otherwise.

8. Vlog Time

Vlog Time #33 – My Week

I started out the week full of good intentions for sharing parts of the whole week with you but things did not go quite to plan… I know the weather we have had in the last week has been nothing to that in other parts of the world and I actually slept through the best storms but I thought my friends around the world might enjoy a bit of an English Summer lol

8. Vlog Time

Vlog Time #29 – Bad Moods & Manuscripts

I just want to sort of apologise for the rant at the video however it really got to me because many people out there are more vulnerable and may not have had my conviction to say no, I hope you will understand after watching why it wound me up.