The cartoon version of The Snowman is a true Christmas tradition. Spying Briggs’ book version – and this being the season – I had to borrow it from the library and see what the differences were.
The reader not familiar with this story is in for a wonderful, gentle journey told not with words but purely in images. When a boy makes a snowman who magically comes to life, comical and exciting adventures are bound to happen.
A gently humorous adventure ideal for all ages, this is a fun and funny book. The cartoon followed suit with the illustration style and the pencil shading is still beautiful to look at today, as you can see at the end of the post.
An endearing and enduring tale which speaks – to me at least – of the shortness of life and the urgent need to enjoy the company of the people we have in the now. This is a story that transcends cultural boundaries and can be enjoyed by anyone, not just those versed in English.
I do prefer the cartoon version still even after spending time with the book. The hunting quality of the music, especially, enhances the experience. The flying journey is also longer and more eventful in the cartoon, which I recommend to all! If you have a spare twenty-five minutes here it is in full HD.
last Sunday was Crissy’s birthday, and after e had lunch with my parents we hooked up with some good friends and ended up wandering around Southwell and having a look around the cathedral. Disconcertingly, everyone noticed the books for sale at the back end of the building before I did.
Unsurprisingly the books on offer all had a religious theme and most were of little interest to me, but I did manage to find a few books that tickled my fancy. The technical side, so to speak, of faith really interests me, the arguments for and against, and three of those books fit the bill.
The fourth book has a wonderful title Modern Art and the Death of Culture, and of course its all doom and gloom hating on modern art whilst talking about the Christian way being the way forward as a potential to reverse the trend. I think the premise is interesting and it sits forlornly on my work desk begging to be read as I go about my daytime work. Continue reading “Wholly Consistent Haul”
Tales from the Inner City is a powerful reflection on the nature of existence and the urban relationship we have with the animals within our human world. From the dog to the crocodile; from the tiger to the frog, world renowned artist Shaun Tan explores the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict on our fellow creatures.
Shaun Tan always creates enjoyable and thought-provoking work, and in Tales from the Inner City he explores nature, our co-existence – or not – with animals and how our way of life effects the natural environment around us.
This heavy, lavish hardback tome of 225 glossy pages, is full of atmospheric illustrations, each set over two pages which accompany the numerous short stories, and sharply contrast the differences in two opposing worlds and have an air of the dreamlike about them.
The stories themselves are a mixed bag in terms of their messages, some are obvious, but due to the trademark whimsy and surreal of Tan’s style, others fail as the point being made is sometimes too veiled. Despite this, I find all them enjoyable and full of depth. Continue reading “Tales from the Inner City – Shaun Tan”
To the final post from this wonderful museum and more variety and intriguing works were to be seen,
and to kick things off, there is nothing like a bit of a nod to Europe to start, even it is of the dark days…
I love this painting for really showing not only the imagination of the artist but the crazy ideas we all possess that are waiting to get out.
This one was about an exploding woman made of cheese, if memory serves me correctly. I prefer the idea of the mainstream traditional media having egg all over themselves thanks to their increasingly questionable news reporting. Continue reading “And Out the Other Side”
Continuing the tour through various galleries of the Pintô Art Museum and the diverse work of Filipino artists took a slightly more whimsical, wooden direction this time.
I am rubbish at filters so sorry if these are again poor quality, it is partly that and also the lack of light which is a constant struggle to someone clueless when it comes to such things.
I like the wooden, framed effects of this artwork. Overall this was my favourite gallery for consistency in theme. Continue reading “Further inside the Pintô Art Museum”
First of all, apologies for my poor photograph taking, hopefully some will do justice to the pieces and also for not being able to tell you what artist did what. Due to the short nature of battery life over here, it’s take as many photos as you can and hope you get everything you want. With that out of the way, welcome to eclectic creations of Filipino artists.
After yesterday’s post about exterior shots, it was time to enter the building. Pintô means door in Tagalog, which is a fitting name for this place. As everything is subjective to the viewer’s perspective, it could mean a whole host of things both in the philosophical and artistic sense.
There are six spacious galleries – and assorted outside art pieces which are dedicated to showing off the talents and direction of Philippine art and it is a fascinating study. It was well worth the hours we spent there, especially seeing the enthusiasm of our fellow explorers. Continue reading “Inside the Pintô Art Museum”
I love a good museum, especially one that is housed in a lovely building. On a Sunday living up to its name Crissy and I, took advantage of an offer from cousin-in-law (if that is the right term) Jerrold and girlfriend Kim to explore the Pinto Art Museum.
What a find it was! Entering through a small gated archway, I could have been mistaken for thinking I’d ended up in the Mediterranean countries. The greenery and the whitewashed buildings were a world away from the glass and steel buildings of the everyday. The addition of a little chapel near the entrance was a nice juxtaposition of historical art, leading as it would, to modern art.
I could find no information about the actual buildings but I think that adds to the aura of the place. The relaxing atmosphere leaves the adventurer free to explore and stumble upon the pieces as haphazardly as one wishes. I imagine sitting for a time at the mini amphitheatre watching a play in the dusk breeze would be amazing.
With chairs and beds placed around, as well as some statues and sculptures to keep one satiated between galleries this is a truly wonderful place to seek out and appreciate nature as well as art. Continue reading “Pintô Art Museum, Exterior”