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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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wire dachshund progresses

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I'm not sure if it's progess, but here is Hammett with his first thin coat
of paper. He still needs feet.
31st May 2006, 16:06   | tags:,,

paintist says:

Loving this :-)
he reminds me of David Hockneys daschunds...

31st May 2006, 16:12

ah taking shape now easier to see his form now!

31st May 2006, 16:12

paintist says:

I am waiting for Swamprose to start on hers now....a moblog chickenwire event!
*edit* Where is this critter going to live when tou have finished him...will he be able to go outside like my horse? or will he be an indoor dog?

31st May 2006, 16:27

paintist says:

you could leave him 'skinned' if you want him for the garden like my horse

You must have a go Mandy...we could go global with this!

31st May 2006, 16:34

factotum says:

Mandy , will you make a chicken wire sculpture of Green Bird? Please? Swamprose, I think I want, hmmm, I'll have to think about it while you're away....

I'm thinking about this piece as more of an experiment than anything else, just to figure out how to work with the chicken wire. I found to my delight that you can make a basic volume and then change it quite a bit by either squeezing it together or stretching and expanding it. I'm trying to keep the skin as flexible as possible too, so I can make small adjustments to the shape of his ears etc.
Next, a horse-sized dachshund!

31st May 2006, 16:46

paintist the link doesnt work?

could you not varnish them?

31st May 2006, 16:48

paintist says:

Thanks Bmal..

A horse sized daschund!! can't wait to see that!!!
It is good stuff to work with isn't it...I am working on some additions to lonely horse as well :-)

31st May 2006, 16:52

factotum says:

*Plans fomenting* !!!! The reason that I suggested Green Bird is that the piece would be vertical, especially with his long tail hanging down as in some of your Flickr photos. The dachshund is so horizontal.

Too bad we'll have to wait to see what Swamprose is up to. I'm sure it will be extravagant.

1st Jun 2006, 13:48

paintist says:

not an animal.....this is getting exciting!

1st Jun 2006, 22:06