Posts Tagged ‘cats’

norman linsday

Posted by campbell July 24th, 2010


Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum in NSW. I’m a huge fan of his work and was amazed at seeing his studio and home. I did the above sketches from two of the sculptures he had made in his gardens. He seemed determined to carve his estate in to the shape of his visions, a sort of Grecian, mythical playground of sorts.

Norman Lindsay was one of those fantastic artists who had a recognisable style that he explored in both flat and multi dimensional work. I’m always impressed when when I find artists who can do this. I’ve explored it to some degree with making maquettes for figures I’m painting, but I’ve never made any as finished pieces on to themselves.

I was a little underwhelmed with the work that was one display however. This was probably due to the traveling exhibition that visited theArt Gallery of Western Australia a few years ago. It featured all of his etchings which was pretty overwhelming.

One stand out at the Museum was a comic he had done depicting a cat stalking a rooster, pouncing on it and then being fiercely kicked off. He managed to pull so much character and emotion out of the animals, probably more than I’ve ever seen any other artist do. This was without turning them in to Disney caricatures of animals either.

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Dungeons and Cats

Posted by campbell July 21st, 2010


When we get the chance, some of my friends and I play Dungeons and Dragons. Tonight we have the chance. We’re pretty loosey goosey with the rules and it’s all a bit ridiculous. My character is kind of like a cat person who is a protector of the forests, or something. Anyway, he’s awesome and cat like and spent the entire last adventure drugged, chained in a basement and used for food orgies.

Up until now I’ve been the dungeon master, so I haven’t had a chance to actually try out the character, so tonight’ll be a bit of a learning experience for me.

You can listen in at Jimmerish FM download past episodes on itunes and check out the wiki.

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