8.00 am: A communion. 8.30 am: The wind bit and chaffed en route to the School. 9.00 am: My final day of teaching for the term. I was, by now, scraping the bottom of the barrel for last reserves of energy. Focus, determination, and a critical/supportive outlook were the watchwords for the day.
One small part of a painting contains the stylistic coding for the whole:
9.00 am: The beginning of the last day of third-year painting tutorials. We’ll meet again at the end of semester feedback/assessment tutorial. Therefore, it was imperative to determine a doable course of action for the period from now until then.
11.30 am: I made preparations for the final Abstraction lecture, which looked at the resurgence of abstract painting during the late 1970s to the present day. A number of our third year and postgraduate painters are part of that revival. My love of Lemsip remains unabated. 12.10 pm: The end:
In the current climate of Higher Education job security, I don’t assume that I’ll necessarily present this module again.
1.10 pm: A Management Meeting (Fine Art). 2.10 pm: A cobbled-together lunch comprising things I ought not to have been eating. 2.30 pm: I engaged a further third-year tutorial before returning to teaching and research admin. 5.00 pm: A final walk around the studios:
6.30 pm: The annual staff Christmas dinner at the putatively haunted Tynllidiart Arms. I will always feel privileged to have been counted among theses fine ‘fellows’:
Some principles and observations derived from today’s engagements:
- When you begin writing a diary, you start to live your life more self-consciously — with a view to it being written up.
- You need to keep on doing something for quite a while before headway is made. Don’t give up too soon.
- Ideas on the periphery of your thought have a habit of drifting into the centre of operations eventually. Therefore, look to the margins.
- And, always look at what you’ve left behind.
- To self: ‘Don’t give away too many ideas; don’t answer your own questions’.
- Look beyond self, to politics, world events, culture in its broadest sense, and systems of belief.
- The clearer you understand what you’ve done, the clear you’ll see what you have to do.
- The ‘transitory point’: Where you become conscious of moving from one way of thinking to another.
- The source material for an abstract work may derive from something observed. However, the work itself need not necessarily be about it. It has an independent life.