Wednesday, July 30

Four years old you say? Never...

I'm sitting watching a tv programme called "My Kid Could Paint That" on BBC4 about a 4 year old girl, Marla Olmstead who has been claimed a child prodigy of the art world. Some of her works have been going for anything up to $15,000. Lucky her.
However...
I had a look at her gallery on her website and to be honest, not one single part of me, for one second believes that that little girl painted these all by herself. And I'm not the only one shrewd enough to work this out. So to "dis-prove" claims that they were lying, they filmed her painting. (Although did mention she does not perform the same when on camera. Convenient.) First time it was edited not so well and you can hear her father instructing her, and sometimes getting ratty with her, it's also cut in places so it's not proof of her completing it and doing it by herself. Also in documentary footage she tells her dad, "you draw on it", "draw a face on it" and he laughs and tries to talk his way out of it. Wanker. The second piece was filmed in its totality, from start to finish and as you can see from below the finished piece is not anything like the others...





The first four were painted without a camera present to confirm or deny her actual input whereas, the bottom one, "Ocean" was the one painted whilst being videod. Quite clearly a childlike use of color and shape. (Note the adorable yellow teddy bear.) And the top four have obviously had more thought and consideration put to them. For example the colour choice and the brush work is much more deliberate, it's been thought about. (Not that I'm saying I like these pieces or think they are very good.) These examples include my personal favourite, "Eyes"(3rd from the top), which features a face in it's top right corner, complete with proportional features. "Four years old you say? Never..."

I don't think it really needs to be said but, they're obviously the work of an adult or at most a child with adult direction, which to be honest you could probably make a lot of children do, if you make them. What makes me laugh the most is that people buy these things for ridiculous amounts of money thinking they are the work of some genius. Yeah, her father who is laughing all the way to the bank. The couple who bought "Ocean" only bought it cause it was the one in the video, because it is more famous. She quite clearly didn't like it, but paid $20,000 for it. What an idiot.

Sunday, July 27

Eh, thanks...

I got sent this email from Christie Cates...

"I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not." Robert Green Ingersoll

She also sent it to four other email addresses with jules in them.
I don't know anyone called Christie Cates.

BUY ME IT (1)...


Top... French Tea silver necklace by LycheeKiss and bottom... Teacup ring by kittyrobot . Both from Etsy.

Friday, July 25

Robbed...

Well, not quite.
A local Dundee charity called Transform, who supply furniture for people in need sent three big men today to remove a lot of the furniture from my flat, I'm currently sitting on the floor in the living room. It's ok though, I still have the tv.

ThenNow
Sad

"Chris White (Isto) plays for you (you)"...

Stumbled across his genius once upon a trek through youtube. He is rather swell and makes me happy.

So, I too have finally joined the blog world, I already sold my soul to the evil that is bebo so why stop there, the damage has been done. This is also an attempt to stay connected to our creative bubble we had in the studio, hoping it might inspire me to draw again and not get too sucked into life in East Kilbride which will consist of drinking, Mark's flat & horrendous chat. In small doses it's great but, too much I fear, is detremental to one's health. I also think Jen will enjoy having something else to read :)