Do artists change how we look at life?

Eugene Peterson, spiritual thinker and writer, gives one interesting example of how an artist changed what he saw, in one part of his life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdoA1YqNtQQ   Television vs Homemade vs Fine Art This short clip made me wonder about his comment that artists help us see afresh by us actively seeking them, whereas television presents …

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Exhibition Review: Margaret Tait “The Days Never Seem the Same”

Margaret Tait, an independently visioned film-maker if ever there was one, is being featured (in a joint exhibition with photographer Gunnie Moberg) at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh - ends this Sunday.  Recommended. Here is one of her early films: a portrait of her mother, granny or "ga", who comes across as very much a woman of …

Recommended Prime Viewing “I am not your Negro” – James Baldwin

Currently free to watch on Prime Video, do not miss the opportunity to watch the documentary "I am not your negro" by James Baldwin.  It conjures up the period of history in 1960s America when the Civil Rights movement was at its height.  James Baldwin is an excellent communicator, debater, writer, playwright and commentator - …

Writing his First Movie Script: Sylvester Stallone

For the first time, I watched "Rocky" through - best of all, the attached DVD commentary by Sylvester Stallone - who comes across clearly as a writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6bLJrQE4QY He talks about finding the heart of the story - and how financially broke he was when writing.  There are wry and ironic looks back - and …