Szabolcs Kokay, the Internet of Things and more tulip photos

A visit this week to a new exhibition of paintings at the SOC gallery in Aberlady, featuring the work of Szabolcs Kokay  and Jonathan Latimer, whose paintings I hope to feature in next week’s post. Szabolcs kindly responded to my email and sent me 2 photos of his work, one of which is featured in the SOC exhibition. The artist told me that he no longer works in acrylic, although he did so for many years. I thought that the acrylic paintings in the exhibition were outstanding and you can see examples of Szabolcs’ acrylic work on his website. The photos below are of a snow leopard (oil) – in his email Szabolcs noted that the snow leopard is ” a species I’m dealing with recently (not as much as I would like)”, and a waxwing. Both are stunning, with the snow leopard pictured near a fast flowing stream, which is set among rocks that would give the snow leopard camouflage. I like the way that your eye is drawn from the bottom of the painting up the stream to the animal. I love the colours in the waxwing painting – the orange, blue, yellow and white of the bird, and the bright red of the berries. As with all the SOC exhibitions, this one is not just for those interested in birds.

S Kokay's Snow Leopard

S Kokay’s Snow Leopard

S Kokay's Waxwing

S Kokay’s Waxwing

An interesting article in The Guardian this week, which was focused mainly on the proposed merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse, but discussed this in relation to the Internet of Things which the Guardian states is “about connected computers in everything”. Now, this is lazy journalism as computers cannot be connected to everything in the world. It really means about connections with everyday items such as fridges, cars, washing machines etc which, to use another loose phrase, will become “smarter”. So technology gradually advances and we may, for instance, be able to talk to our cooker or dishwasher but the IoT is not in any way revolutionary, as some might suggest and despite the hype around these technologists, talking to our cooker – as opposed to just pressing its buttons, is not going to change our lives in any way. It’s not as if we will be able to have a conversation with our cooker on e.g. what the cooker has been reading or viewing lately. On the other hand, for some people with illnesses or handicaps may well benefit greatly from voice driven technologies, but there still may, as with all technological advances, be privacy issues. The moral is, therefore, be careful what you say to your cooker, washing machine, car etc.

A week on and we’ve still not had the strong winds we often get at this time of the year, so the tulips in my garden have lasted much longer than usual. the photos below show the range and depth of colour that has appeared this year, with this new batch of tulip bulbs, which I bought at a bargain price last November – it often pays to wait until late autumn before buying bulbs. In her poem Tulips, A E Stallings writes that “The tulips make me want to paint” and when you see the vivid colours on display, you can see why she thinks this way.

Tulip head

Tulip head

Tulip heads

Tulip heads

Tulips, pansies and aquilegia in the Spring garden

Tulips, pansies and aquilegia in the Spring garden

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