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The Soundless Desert by MikeGould
The Soundless Desert
It was a death which got me back into art some years ago and that awareness of mortality is never far away. I'm not morbid about it. My main worry as I get older is that I will run out of time before I run out of ideas. People who have had near death experiences often talk about walking into the light. I see it slightly differently. What if you are leaving then light and walking into the darkness. After all death is the unknown, even if you have religious belief you cannot be absolutely certain you will get the reward you expect. Everything about life is the unknown, so why not death as well.
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It was with sadness that today I heard that Terry Pratchett had died. I was not only a fan but knew him for a period of my life when I was involved in running science fiction conventions and he was a guest at one we ran locally. Quite often you find that people whose work you admire do not live up to expectations, but the great thing about Terry was that there was no pretense - he was a great people person, had no airs and graces and always treated his audience with respect. He was funny and entertaining and contributed rather than took over. His early discworld novels very much satirised the SF and fantasy genre, but he developed into a great satirist, making fun of the foibles of everything from business to football to the internet, but with affection rather than antagonism. He transended the genre and achieved a well deserved success which few in the SF & fantasy circle achieved. He will be sorely missed by his fans as well as his friends and family, but his legacy will keep going because it deals with great characters and stories and universal truths. If you haven't read his work go out and do so.        
Challenging The Established Order by MikeGould
Challenging The Established Order
Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery asked local artist to submit proposals for exhibitions of work. They were looking for 'something different'. My wife convinced me to apply as it cost nothing and I had nothing to lose. I was turned down. It may be that the work selected was simply better than mine. We shall see. In a way I'm relieved as I would have then had a lot of work to prepare. However, I think the problem is always going to be I reject the idea of establishment, the idea that a panel of 'experts' can choose art. The audience chooses art, and not always what the experts would prefer. I have always believed art should challenge the establishment. How can anything progress if it doesn't challenge the established order. Of course, the establishment is there to ensure it doesn't - authority doesn't like change as that rocks the boat. So to all of you that believe in being alternative, don't let them grind you down. You are the real future. Funnily enough I painted this while listening to Mogwai who themselves challenged the established order, not a conscious choice.           
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it's been a while since I wrote a journal entry. So here I am listening to Frequency Drift on youtube. the last few weeks have been hectic. My wife has had a series of radio interviews about her book and is working on plans to produce a hardcopy to follow the digital version.

My son has been rehearsing for his final school drama presentation before completing his A-levels. They are doing Disco *Inferno and he has one of the major roles. Last night tonight and we are going to see him. He has had good feedback for his performance so it should be good.

This has left me mainly providing support services. I haver had one disappointment. I had submitted a proposal to exhibit in a season of local artists, but was turned down. I have mixed feelings. While every artist wants to exhibit work, I suspect mine was too radical for the establishment and would not have sat well in the city museum. I really need an abandoned Victorian Asylum to exhibit in. However, it has given me another painting which I am working on. In addition I am working on my next Humpty Dumpty Painting and another one which has temporarily been put aside, but I am raring to get back to. It is strange to be working on 3 at once.

Then there is the music. Currently listening to the Wanton Bishops, a Lebanese blues band, Destroy All Monsters, a punk band from the 1970's, Songhoy Blues from Mali, Royal Blood a UK blues band who use bass instead of guitar and it is awesome and Honey a modern punk band from Cornwall in the UK.

So things are up and down but I think my art work is moving forward again and I am still pursuing exhibition. Now, back to my painting.       
    
Humpty Warped by MikeGould
Humpty Warped
Ink and acrylic and accidental photo manipulation. I just liked it for what is. Sometimes the best art comes by accident.
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It was with sadness that today I heard that Terry Pratchett had died. I was not only a fan but knew him for a period of my life when I was involved in running science fiction conventions and he was a guest at one we ran locally. Quite often you find that people whose work you admire do not live up to expectations, but the great thing about Terry was that there was no pretense - he was a great people person, had no airs and graces and always treated his audience with respect. He was funny and entertaining and contributed rather than took over. His early discworld novels very much satirised the SF and fantasy genre, but he developed into a great satirist, making fun of the foibles of everything from business to football to the internet, but with affection rather than antagonism. He transended the genre and achieved a well deserved success which few in the SF & fantasy circle achieved. He will be sorely missed by his fans as well as his friends and family, but his legacy will keep going because it deals with great characters and stories and universal truths. If you haven't read his work go out and do so.        

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Mike Gould
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
I was born in London and now live in Peterborough near Cambridge with my wife and son. I did my degree in graphic design but have ended up working as a business analyst. I have painted on and off for years but have really got to grips with developing my work in the last 5 years. I paint as I feel at the time and the style of the painting suits the mood. I don' tend to stick to one style for very long - my painting is as ecclectic as my music listening,
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glitterfishfairydust Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for watching and appreciating my art! You have a really cool gallery!

Going under by glitterfishfairydust  
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HeartySpades Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for kind comments! I really appreciated it.  I also would like to thank you for adding my works to your favs and +watching me :)
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Mike for the kind words you left into my profile!
Very apreiciate!


Méli :heart:
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Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Birthday cake  icon  Happy Birthday, Mike!!!!!!  Have a wonderful day and ENJOY!!!!!!!
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MikeGould Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Carol. Luckily this year it falls on a Saturday so I am able to work on a painting and we have some friends round tomorrow. Time to chill I think. 
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Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like the perfect day :D
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KaikoSensei Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for the fave, and comment/////////;;
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chloe-soars Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the fav, it means a lot :blushes:
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CritterBurger Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU FOR THE FAVE!!! REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!! X :D (Big Grin) :happybounce: :squee:
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kach-back Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the +fav of my "Flooded" watercolour, it was done from my own reference photo, and as muted as the colours are, still lots of fun to do. :D (Big Grin)
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