Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stubbs and the Anatomy of the Horse

George Stubbs (25 August 1724 – 10 July 1806) made famous for his painitng of horses including the above image Whitlejack on show at the National Gallery london.

His method for learning about and understand horses from a purley subjective point of view change the way in which Horses were represented in art and helped change the way horses were thought about and treated. As recently as the 1700s ”experts” on the horse beleived that a Horse had no brain. After Stubbs made his reasearch and produced his images and notations people understood horses in a different way (of course he is not alone in making this change happen though he played a part). Now people understood they had brains and some felt, even a soul. This leap in empathy was arrived at by objective and some may think cold means. As shown in the below text written by a friend of Stubbs, Ozias Humphrey.

”The first subject that he procured, was a horse which was bled to death by the jugular vein; after which the arteries & veins were injected.-A Bar of Iron was then suspended from the ceiling of the room by a teagle to which Iron Hooks of various sizes & lengths were fixed.-Under tho bar a plank was swung about 18 inches wide for the horses feet to rest upon and the animal was suspended to the Iron Bar by the above mentioned hooks which were fastened to the opposite side of the horse to that which was intended to be designed; by passing the Hooks thro’ the Ribs & fastening them under the Back bone…

He first began by dissecting and designing the muscles of the abdomen proceeding thro’ five different lay[er]s of muscle till he came to the peritoricum & the pleura, through which appeared the lungs & the intestines-afterwards, the Bowels were taken out, and cast away.-then he proceeded to dissect the Head by first stripping off the skin, & after having cleaned and prepared the muscles &c. for the drawing, he made careful design of them, & wrote the explanations which usually employed him a whole day.-He then took off another lay’ of muscles, which he prepared, designed, & described in the same manner as is represented in the work.-and so he proceeded till he came to the skeleton.

It must be noted that by means of the Injection, the Muscles, the Blood vessels and nerves, retained their form to the last without undergoing any change.-In this manner he advanced his work by stripping off the skin & cleaning & preparing as much of the subjects he concluded would employ a whole day to employ a whole day to prepare, design, and describe, till the whole subject was completed.

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Alan Moore on the Universe, science, Dr Dee

”The role has always been to try and fathom the as yet unfathomable or to imaging the as yet unimaginable…. I would say that has been the same for occultists and for artists and for scientists” – Alan Moore

”The concept of a world of ideas. Yes it’s intangible, it can’t be repeated in a laboratory but pretty much the evidence for it is all around us….Our clothing, our mind sets, the buildings, the streets, the cities that surround us. That started lie as an idea in some ones head.” – Alan Moore

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Tracey Emin RA Professor of Drawing on drawing


“I’m a real advocate of drawing and I think there isn’t enough literal drawing in art schools. It’s very good for the soul as well and good for the memory.” – Tracey Emin.

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Hockney on Radio 4 December 2011

Hockney on working in Bridlington, drawing in a printing machine and his iPad amongst other things. Well worth a listen.

Blurb from web page:

On Start the Week Andrew Marr visits the painter David Hockney to find out why he has swapped LA for East Yorkshire. Hockney takes him on a tour of the farm tracks and woods he has been painting near his home in Bridlington, and talks of his fascination at the changes of the season. In his vast studio hang pictures of increasing size and vibrant colour, many painted using his iPad. He might be in his seventies, but Hockney tells Andrew Marr that he’s on a roll, busier than ever; excited by the new technology and full of ideas for his next works of art.

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MAMO in New Orleans, Ogilvy SMP

Another successful MAMO class with Ogilvy! Photos from the Ogilvy SMP in New Orleans Nov 2011. The class took place in the ”P.2 Art House On The Levee”. A two hour class inside on a very hot day. Thank you to all who came, enjoyed by all and looking forward to future classes.

Thanks to Leonie Boyle for the Photos.

Have had great feedback from the class some of whcih can be found here.

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RCA Student 1 min drawing

1 min drawing by a student at the RCA December 2011. Here is a chance to see how someone moves and responds when drawing, there seems to be a strange disconnect between looking at a finished drawing and the watching of someone make a drawing.

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