It has been put to me that my last entry was rather wet – and I wasn’t fishing for compliments…honest. Although the same person (who shall be nameless, but I bet you can all guess who) reminded me:

‘All Islamic artists make a deliberate error in their work on the grounds that Only God Is Perfect.’

So I’m going to get off my cloud, do the ironing and resurrecting the ‘Campaign for more FUN’

In Control? Eeek!

Life finally seems to be calming down somewhat, after a while of turmoil. As The Boy and I come out of ‘suvival mode’, I find my self asking the question “what do I want to do?”

The Boy has pledged complete support for whatever I decide to do, whether that’s give up work completely or go and live in a mud hut in Africa (although any change like that would have knock on consequences) – I just have to work out what it is!

Lorna has read me the usual riot act – art conquers all – that I should “really concentrate on my photography”. I haven’t had any thoughts beyond making working part-time a permanent thing, and doing some interesting volunteer/other work on Fridays.

But you know what? I don’t have to decide now 8-). I shall continue my campaign for more fun and just concentrate on enjoying myself for a bit. Down with the Protestant Work Ethic!


[I was looking for a picture of Satre and came across this portrait by Guenter Rueckert. I’m sure I’ve seen his work before but I can’t think where.]

Wikipedia defines authenticity thus:

Authenticity is a technical term in existentialist philosophy. In this philosophy, the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite these pressures.

Although, like many existential concepts it’s rather slippery, thinking in terms of authenticity can be useful. For instance, I think the last few paintings Lorna has been working on are more authentic than most of her previous work.

In my ongoing quest (for a more authentic life) I have decided:


So – I urge you all to join my campaign – and all suggestions gratefully received (although ££££ are limited).