Russia and the Arts 

Still buzzing from Russia and the Arts exhibition. Not supposed to take pics …unfortunately some people did. I don’t understand why some people don’t respect gallery rules. They’ve got eyes right…(you’re supposed to see the exhibits not document what you see with phones.  I’m ranting cos I’m pissed! I would have liked to take photos of original paintings of Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy,  Dostoevsky but did I? No…so what’s with all these gallery-rule breaking knobheads?

The exhibition was brilliant. I’m now in love with Ilia Repin, Vasily Perov, Nikolai Ge, Valentin Serov, Josif Braz as well as Nikolai Kuznetsov. The portraits of influential Russian patrons, poets, writers, theatrical figures, composers by their contemporaries (gobsmackingly amazing artists) was truly … (got no words). 

What if I’d broken rules and taken pics   That would be instant gratification but so vulgar. You cannot capture respect for amazing art by taking photos when told not to.  Wow…(flogging a dead horse now…)

I’m delighted at my day so far. 

John Patrick Reynolds 

Met an amazing artist printmaker on Thursday…exhibiting at Craft Central. John Patrick Reynolds. An amazing screenprinter. 


Didn’t take a pic of him (he’s a bit …a lot camera shy). Had this awesome four colour print – the registration was on point! 


Still can’t get over it…you probably can see more of his work at Comic art 

Handmade, limited editions of classic comic characters.  John Patrick is the only screenprinter allowed access to the archives of DC Thomson and Editions Albert Rene. (two top comic publishers)

It was so much fun chatting to John (I did much of the talking – he doesn’t say too much – a go getter not a chatterbox like me 😃)

Love his screenprints.  Think they are pretty nifty.