Saturday, 15 September 2018


CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : ECLECTIC ARTIST...THAT'S ME!: I love this!  I found the term 'eclecticism' on Wikipedia . I know the term 'eclecticism', but wasn't aware that...


I love this! 

I found the term 'eclecticism' on Wikipedia.
I know the term 'eclecticism', but wasn't aware that there was actually an art movement bearing the name. Fabulous and fascinating! 

Eclecticism is a kind of mixed style in the fine arts: "the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and combining them" (Hume 1998). Significantly, Eclecticism hardly ever constituted a specific style in art: it is characterized by the fact that it was not a particular style. In general, the term describes the combination in a single work of a variety of influences—mainly of elements from different historical styles in architecture, painting, and the graphic and decorative arts. In music the term used may be either eclecticism or polystylism.

In the visual artsEdit

The term eclectic was first used by Johann Joachim Winckelmann to characterize the art of the Carracci, who incorporated in their paintings elements from the Renaissance and classical traditions. Indeed, AgostinoAnnibale and Lodovico Carracci had tried to combine in their art Michelangelo's line, Titian's colorCorreggio's chiaroscuro, and Raphael's symmetry and grace.
In the 18th century, Sir Joshua Reynolds, head of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, was one of the most influential advocates of eclecticism. In the sixth of his famous academical Discourses (1774), he wrote that the painter may use the work of the ancients as a "magazine of common property, always open to the public, whence every man has a right to take what materials he pleases" (Reynolds 1775, 26).

Western architecture

Early examples of eclectic architecture were built in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, particularly in the Palazzina Cinese in Palermo.

Eclecticism "was an important concept in Western architecture during the mid- and late 19th century, and it reappeared in a new guise in the latter part of the 20th century" (Muthesius n.d.).

(Credit for these notes go to Wikipedia)
I'd love to hear from anyone who's this way inclined - 
a multidisciplinary, eclectic artist. It's exciting!

Monday, 10 September 2018


CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : OH, DEAR...: Oh, dear...      I might be totally wrong, but I have a suspicion that I might have offended a particular strata of society. I hope not! ...


Oh, dear...

     I might be totally wrong, but I have a suspicion that I might have offended a particular strata of society. I hope not!

     In one of my latest posts, Two Milestones and of Lot Of Reflection, I talked about my thoughts on ageism and, yes, on reflection, I might have gone too far. Oh, dear... I have two big failings (only two?!), which are intolerance and impatience. Not good. I'm extraordinarily lucky that I was born with a youthful mind and approach, and since I've begun recovery from depression, that approach has magnified a LOT! Husband has told me that I'm dead lucky to have those attributes and I know he's right. He has reiterated now and again: 'Don't force it on other people.' I'm so lucky to have him!

     A case in point, my mother (and Dad) cocked up my upbringing big time. Mother was controlling and dominant, Dad was shy and - as we now know - benignly negligent of me. He was the peace keeper. Only occasionally did he raise his voice, and only occasionally did Mother back down or - dare I say it? - cry. One of those occasions was when, as a young schoolgirl, I went to say goodbye to Mother before leaving for school. Shock of shocks - I found her crying on her bed. She said:
     'Dad's angry with me. I don't think he loves me anymore!'
     I comforted her in the best way I could, but she told me not to worry and to go to school otherwise I'd be late. All that day I was scared that my parents, who adored one another, were going to get divorced. On my return all seemed well. I asked her about it and she said, as was their way:
     'Everything is fine! It's water under the bridge. Let's forget about it.'
     The second time concerned me. As a young mum, I'd talk fairly regularly with her on the phone at the end of the day, and it was good to talk. She was very practical and had some excellent advice. This time I told her about the part-time cleaning job I was doing. She said:
      'Oh, I've never taken your jobs seriously - you can't even clean your own home, let alone someone else's!'
      I mumbled something about being paid to clean someone else's abode was a completely different matter, then rang off. A moment later I boiled. How dare she?! I rang her up, told her precisely what I thought of her and slammed the phone down! I spent the rest of the evening on edge. Who would crack - her or me? Eventually, towards the end of the evening, she did ring.
       'Am I forgiven? Dad told me I'd gone too far this time!'
       Of course I forgave her. Life's too short to hold grudges, although Husband and I often joke that we nurture and feed little green grudges and hold them close to our chests. Joking apart, I knew she'd do this again because this was her nature, and Dad only intervened when he thought she really had gone too far.

        In my case I know I can go too far as well. I've inherited Mother's genes and occasionally I say to the family: 'Please tell me when I go too far!' I apologise. To anyone I've offended in any shape or form, I humbly apologise. For any miseeds or unthinking comments I might make in the future, I really, really apologise!

      Thank you!

Sunday, 9 September 2018


CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : A WAKKADOODLE BONKERS CAKE!: SID  VALLEY CAKES Hannah Vicarage is the daughter of old friends of ours and we were aware that she was running a cake production busines...


Hannah Vicarage is the daughter of old friends of ours and we were aware that she was running a cake production business down in Devon, so when I decided that for my sixty-fifth birthday I would love an extreme birthday cake - a result of watching these programmes about Extreme Cake Makers, Husband suggested we go to Hannah. Brilliant idea! 
I've gone mad on Pinterest, collecting images on the themes I've decided on and having great fun in the process. Initially I'd decided  on three tiers and entirely the wild west, and I had my twin granddaughters come up with ideas for it, and they had enormous fun doing this! (Apparently Gran (me) is drunk... Eh, well - that figures!)
But now I've decided on three themes, a tier for each. The bottom tier is colourful arty/psychedelia/bonkers. The second tier is gluten free chocolate wild west in which I'm incorporating some of the grandaughters' ideas - specifically a sozzled Gran, and the top third is underwater/pirate ship and a palm tree island. So there we have it. I'll send this along to Hannah and she and her friend have two-ish months to get on with it! No pressure.. 😳

Sid Valley Cakes is a co-operative partnership between Hannah Vicarage and Sarah Mounoury. Started by Hannah in 2013 as a hobby/project the business quickly began to take on a life of it's own with interest and orders growing rapidly. In 2014 Hannah partnered up with her friend Sarah who has many years of cake decorating experience under her belt so that together they could meet the growing demands of the business. Now into the third year of the venture, Hannah and Sarah are working hard to expand their repertoire and bring in new techniques and equipment to push the limits of their sugar craft further still.  

Creating My Odyssey!

Thursday, 6 September 2018


CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : TOP GEAR SHUTTLE!: Sorry guys - I got this post totally wrong! I actually posted the video of one of the boys in USA. So I've reposted the right one below...