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Sergei Prokofiev – String Quartet No. 1


Sergei Prokofiev – String Quartet No. 1

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 29 October, 2017

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Felix Mendelssohn – String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20


Felix Mendelssohn – String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 29 October, 2017

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Georg Friedrich Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6 Nos 1 – 12


Georg Friedrich Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6 Nos 1 – 12

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

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Georg Friedrich Händel: 6 Concerti Grossi Op.3


Georg Friedrich Händel: 6 Concerti Grossi Op.3

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concertos


Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concertos

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

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Plaintive in tone


I don’t want to come across plaintive in tone. Simply because I am overwhelmed, over emotional – an ex-engineer feels emotions, well, yes, he does – struggling to cope with all the demands which are, after all, self-imposed.

This is not the case; I am thrilled, pleased, grateful, for all the support I receive. I could not have expected the response I continue to receive, not that I had any expectations in the first place. I said to my wife two or three days ago, look at how far I have come since you encouraged me to do something with the work I produce.

What appears to be happening is that, as successive individuals see the work, they like it. I would never have thought such a thing possible. After all, I just produce it. And would anyway. Be that the case, I still feel driven, compelled, to get the work in front of as many people as I possibly can, and to find as many venues as possible.

Yet, it all seems incredible. But, as my wife says, that person, who, more than any other, encourages me, the work speaks for itself.

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

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Open calls to artists


OK, I already have an international reach as an artist. Saatchi Art online have 67000 artists from over 100 countries on their online site. But I am, by and large, only known within the English language community and the world is a bigger place than simply those countries which happen to use English as their native language. So why not apply to galleries in other parts of the world. Nothing to lose, save a few, very few, rejection emails, and lots and lots and lots of no responses.

Sending unsolicited work to galleries in the far corners of the globe is probably a less than fruitful business. Galleries don’t like outsiders. They prefer people they know. But what the heck. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I don’t expect much joy from galleries here in my city of residence. I think that those who live within an arts community are not regarded with any enthusiasm by that community unless you come with some kind of claim to recognition by the outside world and, even then, they may show little interest. I don’t mind, really I don’t. Well, yes, I do. But I would much rather be known on a global scale than on a local one.

Besides, alongside local artists, I am a nobody. I have been around for a matter of months where others have been at their art work for decades. Surely they have gained their spurs and paid their dues. I could plead incarceration in engineering for decades. But I don’t think I would gain kudos for doing that.

I don’t know if there are other artists following or reading the blog. I hope there are because the purpose in these posts of my art experience is to share it with others. It doesn’t matter, though, what your field of endeavour is, there are experiences that I have that are applicable to all walks of life. And the idea is that you draw knowledge and tips from mine. Besides, there may be an intrinsic interest in what I am up to. You never know.

Open calls to artists. Ah, yes. I suppose I knew of these, but it did not strike me to try and find them. Well, I stumbled over them. The calls are from galleries and competions all over the world. There are fees for entry, usually based on the number works you submit. I have heard back from two. One, where I snagged on the submission form. It didn’t work. So I sent them an email giving the information that the web site requested and received a very nice email back confirming they had got everything.

The second response I had was stunning and I think it is going to be a long time before I recover from the shock, yes, that doesn’t seem too strong a term. A company in Europe is handling the submissions for a fair to be held in a Far Eastern country. A big fair, looks highly prestigious. The entries were to be based around a sort of peace and love theme. I took this literally and submitted a bunch of stuff which is by no means my best work. You can figure out from my work on Saatchi Art what I might have sent out.

About half an hour later I got an email from a person with the European company, bearing in mind, that with the time difference, it was late in the evening, Europeans appear to be enthusiastic people, this is not my first experience of emails late in the evening from that continent. The person sending the email tells me that the work I had submitted has been rejected out of hand. But, and here it the incredible thing, within the email were a bunch of links to works of mine on the Saatchi Art site, given as examples of the kind of work I should submit. You can imagine, it didn’t take me long to send those, as invited by the sender to email back. One doesn’t need much promoting once pointed in the right direction.

I have another open call where the theme of the competition, and they all have one, defeats understanding. How on earth do I choose works based on some requirement which is incomprehensible. So I shall simply send work which I think is worth sending. Should they not meet the needs of a theme I don’t understand then what else can I do?

I find that the world of art that I am entering is warm, friendly and encouraging. Those whom I have been, and am, in contact with are eager and are devotees of abstract art. Well, I wouldn’t submit to calls for Mona Lisa lookalikes would I?

Malcolm D B Munro
saatchiart/malcolmdbmunro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

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Preparing for the fair: 9-12 The Other Arts Fair Expo Centre Noble Street Brooklyn New York


This is the tough part. Getting all the preparations in order. There are a myriad of details to attend to. Completing all the requirements of TOAF. Indemnity insurance, drop power line, extra spotlight, making sure there are chairs and a table. Then at this end, printing,  packing and shipping the work to Brooklyn. Where to have the work delivered?

I am behind the curve because here in Houston many of us are still going through recovery from Harvey, the supposed 100 year storm, where the water that night fell on the house like whole football fields being poured on us. But we are better off than many here. Some lost their house, primary place of residence, because the inundation was so great, others had to leave their homes because the dwelling was damaged such that they cannot live in it.

Life, though, has returned pretty much to normal. The streets have been cleared of the sheet rock which was dumped on side walks, where there are sidewalks, Houston has few. Many streets don’t even have one either of the road. How you are supposed to walk in safety is a question nobody ever asks.

An engineer and an architect, we were not to be told you have to this and you have to do that, you must do this, and you must do that. Adjustors employed by FEMA, the government flood agency, in an effort to safeguard people, were making arbitrary if conservative assessments based on the water level in the house.

In time we have lived in our house, since 1999, we have never had water in the house, so the question of there being mold was something we held in disbelieve until measurements proved there was. An independent inspector we hired found humidity, which is to be expected but no mood. This lifted us from taking immediate action. Thursday was the first time we have had a contractor to the house for an estimate. I will not give the hair raising process we have then go through. Suffice to say that we received a letter from the mortgage company which holds the FEMA payment against submission of invoices from the contractor doing the work. The letter is punishment for being a flood victim and is quite illegible in its interminable requirements.

I should not be seen to be making a case for special pleading. The damage to the house and its repair is a straightforward matter but the disruption to the family is quite another matter. But many people here have it worse.

Ahead lies booking accomodation and airfares. Yes, I am going. At one point the prospect was remote.

Malcolm D B Munro
saatchiart/malcolmdbmunro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

 

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Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts


Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 28 October, 2017

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Special Duality #8 – Painting by Anne Vandycke 


Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 06.55.18Special Duality #8 – Painting by Anne Vandycke                              Size: 24 H x 20 W x 1.5 in

I follow a few artists on Saatchi Art’s online site and there are artist’s works which I like. However, this particular artist creates work that I think is of a particular quality and I would like to draw attention to her work here.

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 25 October, 2017

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