Sunday, 24 May 2015

Aesthetic experimentation

Experiments continue with the handling of the road surface in front of the station.

This painting by Camoin is my inspiration.

And this was my layout last week.

My intention was to take out my acrylic paints and brush some more colour over the road to bring it closer in feel to the Camoin painting.

So, that's what I did.

I think the additional painting was a success.

But, I awoke this morning with a completely different idea.

I sat up in bed and stared across the room at a pop-arty retro-plastic lampshade that sits uselessly on the mantlepiece.

I love the intensity of the pattern.

And decided, there and then, for what I can only call a spontaneous or inspired reason, that this pattern would make a great road surface outside the station - urban, swirly, black and gray, suggesting dirty,damp city streets.

So, using the above photographs of the surface of the lampshade and the help of a photoshop computer application, I printed out a couple of sheets with the pattern on it.

I'm going to have another go at this but with the pattern printed out in a finer scale.

Currently listening to:

A Blast From The Past

Released in 1965

And here's the TV performance from youTube.

A Hardy Perennial

Released in 1997
This double CD won the Mercury Prize in 1997. I think it's brilliant.

Roni Size

This Week's Addiction

Non-stop Huntleys + Palmers and Optimo Podcasts from the internet radio station Rinse FM

Currently Reading:

Finished this brilliant book.

A passage each day.

Returning to this memoir which I've found so influential.
Robert Irwin quotes from the Koran.

All that dwells upon the earth is perishing, yet still
Abides the Face of thy Lord, majestic, splendid.
O which of your Lord's bounties will you and you deny?
Whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth implore Him;
Every day He is upon some labour.
O which of your Lord's bounties will you and you deny?


I enjoyed this article today on the BBC website by Adrian Chiles:

What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Scenery for H0 scale Model Railway

This issue of aesthetics over verimisilitude will not go away.

Referring to the last episode of this blog (10th May 2015) it can be seen that I was about to cover the road surface that lies in front of the station facade with a sheet of H0 scale cobblestone pattern.

But, would that look any better than the browish paint that's there at the moment?

I'm not sure.

 The current situation.

Should I cover the road with this sheet?
I think if I were to use the sheet of cobblestones it would be a betrayal of the aesthetic principles that I espoused at the beginning of this model railway project.

My resolve is stiffened by considering once again this painting by the French artist of the early 20th Century, Charles Camoin. It hangs in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Galleries and is of Place de Clichy in Paris.

It has the same combination of brownish road and blackish pavements as I've used on the layout.

And, I love this painting.......  So,,,,,,,,,,,

Currently listening to:

A Blast from the Past.

Released in 1959

Russ Conway
One of the first records I ever purchased (well by my parents, but at my behest). "Side Saddle" by Russ Conway.

Here's a youTube link to Russ playing it on BBC TV's Billy Cotton Band Show (in black and white).

A Hardy Perennial

Jerry Lee Lewis released on Elektra in 1979

The week's addiction

The May edition of Auntie Flo's podcast for Huntleys and Palmers on Rinse FM. 

Auntie Flo

Currently reading:

Almost the same mixture as the last couple of weeks - I'm a very slow reader.

I love this quotation from Brother Lawrence:

"I do not advise you to use multiplicity of words in prayer. Many words and long discourses are often the occasions of wandering (of one's thoughts).

(So) hold yourself in prayer before God, like a dumb or paralytic beggar at a rich man's gate."

A dead end - I won't pursue this.


I bought a hard travelling case in which to transport my snare drum to France this year.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Noch H0 scale cobbled street tape

Noch 60430

At last the roll of cobblestone tape arrived from the German manufacturer, Noch.

 The cobblestone tape is not really suitable for covering a wide area of road.


It would be arduous to lay down rows of tapes side by side. Furthermore, the margin of each roll has a gutter imprinted upon it.

So, I scanned the tape and using a photoshop type application made up an A4 sheet of the cobble effect.

I printed the sheets out in dark and light shades - the light is too light. The dark is a bit too dark but I don't have a setting in between the two.

The next step is to cut the sheet to the right shape and lay it over the road that's in front of the station facade.


Still pondering the problem of making the church building appear more at ease on the layout.

Decided that the dome needed some kind of minaret on top of it.

Sat a bottle of typex fluid on the dome simply to gauge what size of minaret would be appropriate.

Covered it in masking tape and marked some black lines on it.

I'll ponder this too!

Currently listening to:

A Blast from the Past

Adam Faith

What do you want? Released in 1959

Find the song here on youTube.

A Hardy Perennial

This Weeks' Addiction

Leisure Muffin

Currently reading:

More or less the same selection as last week.

Bertrand Russell as a child
Treat of the week:

Saw an earth-shaking performance by Golden Teacher at the Glasgow School of Art. I'm beginning to treat these midnight gigs as perfectly normal!

From my phone camera: