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Who was Cassandra?


  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.

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February 05, 2019

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Why am I reading this at 2:30 in the morning? But it is, Beth, really good.And it works for more than visual arts. I wish that I could show it to my much younger self.

I think it was comparison with others and unrealistic expectations that discouraged Andy from drawing. When he got away from a supportive teacher, he just stopped. I always thought this was a shame, because he observes details very well, but it's also true that around the same time, he discovered video games.

As I read this, I liked following the evolution of the salt shaker, and sat back in admiration when I recognized that the last image contains a slice of broccoli quiche!

Is my case different? I have some competence in drawing and actually hold an O-level in art (four separate examinations based on the Oxford and Cambridge syllabus). Drawing appeals to me and I love the challenge of a complex perspective where the references are curved rather than rectilinear. I particularly like your "quick" drawings which give the appearance of having been created from a single line (Yes, I know they're not. But I'm an ignoramus and must be allowed my fancies.)

Four years ago I would have said I'd love to draw but writing was absorbing all my "creative" time. (ie, those rather brief passages when - just possibly - something original might filter down.)

Now singing fights with writing and I'm four years older. Less energy and fewer creative impulses. But I'd still like to draw. One - rather feeble - solution might be to allocate time to critical (in the old-fashioned sense) assessments of others' work and then to post my conclusions. Even so such efforts would have to compete with decades-long programming as a writer and the sheer visceral rewards of getting one of Purcell's lines right (As V says: Purcell will exhaust you, there's never any let-up.)

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