Saturday, February 14, 2009

In Jessie's

who will buy gandhi's few possessions? (micron & brush fibre tipped pens)

On the 4th or 5th March, in New York, collectors will bid for the spectacles, watch and sandals of the great Mohandas Gandhi. He had few other possessions so the spectacles alone are estimated by the auctioneers to fetch $42000 - so expect the final bid to be closer to $80k. Members of India's parliament want the belongings of their Mahatma (meaning Great Soul) to be returned to India to be put on public display in a museum.
I was reading a book in Waterstone's by my previous art teacher. I can't remember the words (I wish I'd used my camera phone!) but the gist was how art taught you to see things, to see things afresh etc. The process is certainly informative, I don't think I would have known Gandhi wore bi-focals. A small thing granted but it proves the point. :o)


Mike Kline said...

One word: Great!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! Super!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Seems like India should have them in a museum to me.

steve said...

This is really beautiful Ian. I totally agree with your point, on observational drawing. I need to get back into it more. I remember taking extensive drawing classes and walking out of the room, after about four hours nonstop, and seeing everything, really SEEING everything in a far more vivid light - all things, small and large, mundane and extraordinary were far more interesting to my eyes.