Archive for the ‘Amazing art’ Category

China Days: The Scythian Connection

September 8, 2015

Another beautiful piece and photos from John MacKinnon in China!

The Scythian connection.pdf

Brigitte’s Pick: FW: I hate the spider one

August 15, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog agrees with Brigitte that the spider isn’t the best but the rest? Remarkable!

25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around …

1. Mustangs By Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas, USA

2. Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York, USA

3. The Monument Of An Anonymous Passerby, Wroclaw, Poland

4. Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon, USA

5. People Of The River By Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore

6. The Shoes On The Danube Bank by Can Togay & Gyula Pauer, Budapest, Hungary

7. The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York, USA

8. Break Through From Your Mold By Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

9. Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania

10. Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France

11. Nelson Mandela, South Africa

12. De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium

13. Cattle Drive, Dallas, Texas, USA

14. Spider, Tate Modern, London, UK

15. Hippo Sculptures, Taipei, Taiwan

16. Sinking Building Outside State Library, Melbourne, Australia

17. Iguana Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

18. Man At Work, Bratislava, Slovakia

19. Mihai Eminescu, Onesti, Romania

20. A Scene From The World War With Real-Size Statues, Eceabat, Turkey

21. Man Hanging Out, Prague, Czech Republic

22. Kelpies, Grangemouth, UK

23. Rundle Mall Pigs, Adelaide, Australia

24. The Unknown Official, Reykjavik, Iceland

25. The Shark, Oxford, UK

New Trumps Game Launched, Prehistoric Sites in Cumbria

January 31, 2014
Set in Cumbria's dramatic  mountain scenery, The Carles of Castlerigg stone circle, near Keswick is one of the magnificent sites that impresses visitors and local residents alike.

Set in Cumbria’s dramatic mountain scenery, The Carles of Castlerigg stone circle, near Keswick is one of the magnificent sites that impresses visitors and local residents alike. C.Paxton photo

Cumbria has over 200 prehistoric sites and yet more remain to be discovered. There are rings of standing stones, there are stones carved with rings and cup marks, there are stones set in avenues and there are single megalithic thunderstones, mounds and Henges of several types.

Mayburgh Henge at Eamont Bridge, Penrith under the Great Bear constellation

Mayburgh Henge at Eamont Bridge, Penrith under the Great Bear constellation

In the course of researching my article for All Nippon Airways (ANA)   Wingspan in-flight magazine to appear in the February 2014 issue, my wife Kimberly and I were smitten by these fascinating monuments. “Stone Crazy” she described our condition, and I think she was right.

The more we looked into the matter, the more sites we visited and the more we visited, the greater our interest became, and the more we noticed. From Birkrigg on the Furness peninsular to Durdar near Carlisle, our investigations took us from coastal monuments to the high plateau of Moor Divock 1000 ft above sea level, then east to the Pennines , then  north into Lakeland and revealed the great diversity of  the sites – all are distinctive and different. Some intriguing similarities emerged, for example in the layout of Hardendale Cairn circle and Castlerigg’s rectangular inner enclosure,  but generally it is the diversity in form that stands out.

We are grateful to our friend Neolithic Sculptor Brian Cowper for his insights, author Robert Farrah for his excellent guidebook (Robert W.E. Farrah’s A Guide To The Stone Circles Of Cumbria ), Penrith Library’s Reference section with its volumes of The Transactions of The Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Society, to Archaeologist Tom Clare for his illustrated talk and his excellent book ( Prehistoric Monuments of The Lake District ).

If you are interested in Cumbria’s prehistoric sites and you like playing trumps, then you might enjoy this new pack that my wife and I made just before Christmas.

Prehistoric Sites In Cumbria Trumps

Prehistoric Sites In Cumbria Trumps Includes 32 Sites From Neolithic To Modern

Get to know these treasures through a fun learning game in which players try to win site cards off each other by ‘trumping’each others’ site characteristics. Choose the strongest category for your site to challenge your partners’ and learn about these amazing prehistoric places as you play!

This set includes information cards about 32 Cumbrian prehistoric sites such as Oddendale, White Hag, Long Meg and her daughters, Gunnerkeld, Swinside, Birkrigg, Castlerigg, Gamelands, Moor Divock’s funerary complex and more!

Great fun for all the family. Available in Kid’s pocket size (£5), or larger (£8.00) for easier reading.

You can buy them from my online shop

Brigitte’s Pick:: ” JUST A TYPEWRITER “.

July 8, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks this post from Brigitte is lovely! I’m sure you will agree!

Let’s begin!

He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home (Roseburg, OR) for years.

Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral palsy, A disability that impeded his speech and mobility but also taught himself To become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player, even after being devoid of a formal education as a child.

"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one." Since he couldn’t press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters ….. @ # $ % ^ & * ( )_ . Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery of the typewriter grew, "He developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings."

This great man passed away on June 25, 2009, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many. You know that saying about, “when life closes a door, God opens a window"?
Well, I think God just helped this man build a whole new house.
Please share this Typewriter Art. Can you believe that this art was created using a typewriter?

"I Shall Look At The World Through Tears. Perhaps I Shall See Things That, Dry-Eyed, I Could Not See".—Nicholas Wolterstorff.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.
So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is part of LIFE… Getting back up is LIVING

Brigitte’s Pick: magnus larsson sculpts the saharan desert with bacteria

July 1, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog reckons headers don’t get much better than this. Magnus Larrson Sculpts the Sahara Desert with Bacteria. Magnus is an architect. And Brigitte, our loyal blog correspondent has a wonderful eye for the unusual! Click and view and read on!

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Thai Days: Peace Talks, War Walks

May 2, 2013

Hugh Paxtons Blog was pleased to see Rodel, our beloved Filipino friend and my daughter’s piano teacher arrive safely yesterday. He was almost blown up.

Thailand gave Hassan Taib one month to prove that he and his Islamic insurgents in Thailand’s deep south were serious about peace talks.

Peace talks set for June 13. It’s probably going to be a Friday. Friday the 13th!

The Mecca worshippers have engaged in the peace process by killing lots of people. Every day.

It isn’t peaceful at all. Yesterday these self proclaimed ‘liberationists’ really participated in reconcilation by zooming in on motor bikes and indicrimately spraying a grocery shop with bullets.

Uhuru! Freedom from Siam! God is great!

These Muslim wankers killed six people. Not marines, not rangers, not people with guns. The murdered were going to a shop to buy stuff for lunch, maybe a toy for the little boy.

Six people in a little shop. Shot for Islam.

One hit for our glory boys? A one year old baby. Bet they’re glad they got him! A real threat a one year old boy must pose to their deviant itinerary!

The four Jihad guys then got off their scooters and went into the grocery store to finish their job. Anybody not dead was shot again. To make sure.

Islam is a cowardly religion as currently practiced. It doesn’t condemn the appalling behaviour of its adherents. It makes people the world over hate it.

Makes me hate it. A one year old shot in a shop. This bullshit must be terminated. Forget the peace talks. Murderers are murderers. I hope the Thai army moves in en masse and murders them all.

Also, these mentally diseased Muslim freaks could have killed Rodel. He saw the bomb blow.

Bang. Just like that. Bang. Smoke. The spit of a gun. A one year old child. Just like that.

And if Rodel had been killed I’d be hard pressed to find another piano teacher or a friend like him.  That would be a nuisance!



















Brigitte’s Pick: Crayola

April 22, 2013

OK, Hugh Paxton’s Blog is reissuing the crayons. This is the last time I confiscate my daughter’s crayons! But this largesse comes with conditions. Instead of just writing things like ‘You smell’ on my walls she must get to work! Art! Saleable art! Something to offset her hideous school fees. Don Marco? He done good! Brought a lot of joy to people’s lives and the sort of person I admire!

I wouldn’t buy any of them – a bit loud for me, too much colour – but on the right wall in the right place I am sure they will soar!

Thanks for this one, Brigitte! You are always new!

Best from Bangkok!


Don Marco, the Master Crayola Artist

Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920’s. His interest in art was evident even before starting school. As a young adult in the Army Air Corp, he began his life’s career in Air Traffic Control, which continued until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973. Much of his spare time was spent as a professional artist.
Before retirement, Don started developing a technique to create fine art, using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring, he published his first print. Living in Southern California, his work was in demand, including commissions from Burt Reynolds and a one-man show at his Dinner Theater in Florida …

It’s hard to imagine these are done with crayons!
Burt Reynolds

Tom Selleck


River Elk


Navajo Meeting

Mountain Man

James Arness

High Country Morning


End of the Day


Bear Bull

Black Eagle

Catch of the Day

Chief Red Wing


Clint Eastwood

John Wayne


Great Britain: Dumfries House: a Sleeping Beauty brought back to life by the Prince of Wales – Telegraph

April 21, 2013

Hugh Paxton Blog is a British royalist, a great fan of Prince Charles and his environmental and social initiatives. The link is to a story that bangs every nail very gently on the head and makes Britain a country I will continue to love. The Telegraph ran the story and it has every ingredient required to encourage and lift the spirit. I think that’s enough intro. Check the link.

To: Hugh
Subject: Dumfries House: a Sleeping Beauty brought back to life by the Prince of Wales – Telegraph -brought-back-to-life-by-the-Prince-of-Wales.html

New post on Anibalan’s Ghost Cities Blog: The Picture of Oscar Wilde

April 7, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has just received yet another fascinating post from Anibalan, author of the excellent Ghost Cities Blog.

New post on Ghost Cities


The Picture of Oscar Wilde

by anilbalan

"All art is useless" – so says the author’s 1891 preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray (sometimes referred to, wrongly, as The Portrait of Dorian Gray), the only published novel by Oscar Wilde. This darkly sardonic, Faustian-themed novel very much reflects the interests and personality of its author. Ever the aesthete, Wilde was himself profoundly affected by beauty and lived and dressed in a manner which, compared to the Victorian styles and mores of the time, was regarded as flamboyant. As such, he was often publicly caricatured and the target of much moral outrage in Europe and America. His writings (including Dorian Gray, with its homoerotic themes) also brought much controversy for him. He was nonetheless part of the ever-growing movement of ‘decadents’ who advocated pacifism, social reform and libertarianism. While many vilified him, he was making his mark with style and wit and enjoyed much success with many of his plays. Wilde was also lauded by and acquainted with many influential figures of the day, including fellow playwright George Bernard Shaw, American poets Walt Whitman and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and English author and social critic John Ruskin. In Dorian Gray the titular hero, realising that his beauty will one day fade, expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure that his portrait ages while he does not. Dorian’s wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts. The portrait serves both as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement or ageing of his form, and as a warning to all that no amount of outer beauty can make up for the darkness within.

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CITES COP 16 : Invitation to the exhibition opening from GoodPlanet / Yann Arthus Bertrand

March 3, 2013

Hugh Paxton suggests you check out these wildlife and nature photographers’ work, Spectacular! Now showing in Bangkok.

BLOG ED NOTE: I”ve just seen the photo exhibit. First class! There is a downside, I’m afraid. If you want to see it, too, you need to be certified to attend the conference. And if you haven’t applied it’s probably a bit late for that. You can, however, buy their books. You’ll need a fairly hefty coffee table to display them all. My suggestion is – buy one! Or visit their websites. They are generous with their photos. The exhibition may be on in, or may move to, other parts of the city. I’ll check that tomorrow and let you know. Cheers! Hugh! PS Charles thanks for the website idea. I hadn’t thought of it! H

From: Eric Boisteaux []
Sent: 03 March 2013 01:38 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: CITES COP 16 : Invitation to the exhibition opening from GoodPlanet / Yann Arthus Bertrand

Dear Sir/Madam

On behalf of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, President of the NGO GoodPlanet, we would be delighted to welcome you for the opening of the exhibition WILD&PRECIOUS on Sunday 3rd of March at 1.30pm at the Bangkok Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

This opening will be celebrated in presence of John E. Scanlon Secretary General of CITES and Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP.

With WILD & PRECIOUS, the GoodPlanet Foundation, CITES and UNEP, celebrate CITES 40th anniversary and aim to raise awareness on the illegal trade in endangered species, with the contributions of 7 committed and world-renowned photographers: Laurent Baheux, Sandra Bartocha, Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch, Mark Laita, Brian Skerry and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Please find attached the press release of WILD&PRECIOUS and please note that some pictures from the exhibition can be used to illustrate the crucial decision that will be made in the convention center these next days.

We would be very happy to welcome you at the exhibition, between the Plaza and the Atrium, before the NGO area.

Sincerely yours

Eric Boisteaux

Exhibition coordinator

Fondation GoodPlanet

Tel : 33-1 48 42 76 02

Mob : 33-6 85 66 89 20

PR Wild and Precious.pdf

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