Friday, July 30, 2010

Random Reading: Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd #3

Photo: From the collection of Pattie Boyd via The New York Times

“My Mother wouldn’t allow us children to go to the cinema on our own—to this day I never have been inside one alone. She also said we were never to sit next to little old ladies in case they were to stick hypodermic needles into us and spirit us away into the white-slave trade—where she got this idea from I shall never know. But she had double standards: when she put me on the train to go back to boarding school she would say. “Let’s find a little old lady to look after you.” One minute they were potential abductresses and the next they were guardians.”

-Excerpt from Boyd, Pattie, and Penny Junor. Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007. Pg.27

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Random Reading: Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd #2

Photo by Bobbie Gaymer- Jones via The New York Times.

"My Grandparens’ house stood at the bottom of a long, winding gravel drive—on which, some years later, I learned to ride a bicycle—with glorious views in every direction across the game reserve that surrounded it. It was a single –story house with a veranda that ran almost all the way around it. My grandparents had brought paintings, china, and cutlery from the house in Scotland but they had all of the furniture made in Nairobi of mooli, the most beautiful honey-colored local wood. There was a huge garden, with lawns, standard roses, peach trees, and nasturtiums, that ran straight in the wilderness, It was quite common for giraffes, lions, or other wild animals to wander in and, because of the bushes, it wasn’t always easy to see them. The dogs, though, would bark incessantly until the interlopers left.

One night my grandfather was sleeping in a small bedroom leading onto the veranda. It was a hot, still night, the door ajar, and in slunk a leopard, which leaped onto sleeping grandpa. He woke immediately, but as he reached for the pistol under his pillow the big cat jumped onto the floor. It had smelled dog, and took the Alsatian, which was asleep under the bed. Grandpa shot wildly as the protesting dog was dragged out onto the veranda. Next morning there was no sign of either animal. My Grandfather was distressed at having lost his favorite Alsatian, but it could so easily have been him."

- Pattie Boyd recalling her childhood in Kenya, excerpt from:
Boyd, Pattie, and Penny Junor. Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007. Pg.8

Monday, July 26, 2010

Random Reading: Wonderful Tonight, by Pattie Boyd #1

Image via Amazon.

Hello and Happy Monday folks! Hope you had a fun and restful weekend. I spent the majority of mine reading a great new book; Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me by Pattie Boyd. Normally I don’t read tell-all titles or autobiographies; I usually stick to fiction, but I’m certainly glad I picked this book up and bought it on a whim. I’m not sure how I first heard the name Pattie Boyd…I think it was in a conversation, I had with my friend Paul, about muses. I’ve always been fascinated by women who inspire artists and musicians, so I filed the name in my memory bank. When I came across the title at my local book store, my interest in Pattie Boyd was instantly piqued. I picked up the book, read a few lines at random and ultimately decided to buy the book. To say the least, I haven’t really put it down since. Not only is Patty’s own life story interesting, but her insight into the 1960’s and the lives of George Harrison and Eric Clapton are fascinating. Over the next couple of months or so, I’ll be sharing some excerpts from the book, that I personally find interesting or inspiring, here on Cosmos. I’ll be sure to include some photos too, so stay tuned and stay inspired! Lots of good reading to come soon. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

From the Sketch Book #071910

Hello and happy almost Friday friends! I've got a newbie from the sketch book for you today. At first I wasn't sure I was going to post this one, since I'm not actually that happy with it, but then I realized...I haven't posted anything in weeks, eek! So, here you have it.

Overall, I think the sketch is ok; it's not bad, but it's not good either. I think it looks rather flat and one dimensional and almost cartoonish. Not really what I was going for, but I've learned sometimes that it's a necessary evil, as an artist, to create something that you dislike. It's sort of like cleansing your creative palette; you have to throw it up and get it out of your system in order to move onto something better. Besides it keeps you humble and keeps your ego in check. It also makes you appreciate the work that you are happy with...that much more. With that said, I'm off to bigger and better things folks! Enjoy your weekend. More posts to come soon, so stay tuned and stay inspired!