Compare and contrast


Detail from Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit, c.1620–5
Sir Nathaniel Bacon.

Sausage artistry part deux

Long-term readers of Gruts might remember that my mate Bill is something of a sausage artist.

Well, compare and contrast this:

Bill's sausage art

Bill's sausage art: A Congregation of Hoodies (2009)
(sausage grease and charcoal on paper plate)

with this:

Mural, Robben Island

Mural spotted by Bill on Robben Island, Sith Ifrica, January 2014.

I have advised Bill to sue their robben isses orf.

Lead astray

For reasons I won't bore you with, I had occasion to visit the Pencil Museum in Keswick on Wednesday. Now there's 15 minutes and £4.50 I'll never see again. But I did get to see the world's biggest colour pencil, so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

Oh, and I saw this:

Model of Tower Bridge made from pencils

A model of Tower Bridge made from pencils on Wednesday

And to think cynics said it couldn't be done.

Finally, someone finds a good use for a cat

Run, paint, run run!

Us top-flight artists don't usually do requests, but what the heck…

The Captain

The Captain (1941–2010)


I don't have an artistic bone in my body, but the iPad Brushes app makes cheating very easy.

WG Sebald

W.G. Sebald (1944–2001)

Original photo here.

[My emphasis added]

BBC: BP pledges £10m art sponsorship
Oil giant BP says it will continue to sponsor the British Museum [in London], the National Portrait Gallery [in London], the Royal Opera House [in London] and Tate Britain [in London], pledging £10m over the next five years.