Following on from my post on the conveniently named ‘bedroom tax’, this is an example of the sort of seriously flawed individual the British people are up against.
Living here in the countryside it is easy to forget the vomit inducing machinations of politicians in the UK and I don’t really want to pollute my ‘arty’ blog with the names of people I would cross the road to avoid. However an attack on the seriously disabled can’t be ignored, in the UK there seems to be a certain type of right of centre and very privileged politician who seems determined to make the lives of seriously disabled people even more difficult.
The decision by the Law Lords on 30.7.13 to back the UK government’s ‘BEDROOM TAX’ is breathtaking in its callousness, it should be common sense that people with serious disabilities are exempt from this tax (policy from now on) but no – business as usual for IDS, Cameron and Clegg. Screw those least able to defend themselves even though the saving in money from implementing this policy will hardly be noticeable, the damage to the lives of those affected will be massive though, the personal grief and probable health problems caused to disabled people by this, will be serious in terms of individual stress, pain, physical and mental and in extra cost to the health service.
The short sightedness of this policy is just another example of well educated but rather dim and vision-less ‘career politicians’, playing around at the edge of politics, instead of having the guts to really make some serious changes, to the way that society in the UK functions and for the benefit of all.
In my imagination, I see heads on spikes, sadly this will never happen in my lifetime, the time for a revolution is not now but the UK is a 1st world country, the year is 2013, how as leaders of UK plc, do they sleep at night, when they pick on people with serious disabilities, to make shallow political points?
Cameron, Clegg etc. you are political pygmies, your epitaphs on the pages of political history will be brief unless your heads really do end up on spikes! And you Cameron, the father of a seriously disabled child (sadly deceased), you really should have learnt something but you are apparently as dim as you look!
In a world that races by ever more quickly there is often little time to get everything done in a day, maybe it was always so but the more technologically advanced we have become, the more the age old established crafts and manual skills have been lost. I’m particularly thinking of the crafts needed to be a fine-art painter, canvas and support preparation, the making of special oils and mediums. Recently I’ve begun to buy various supports, panels and canvases. I now stretch my own canvas and apply a size made from rabbit skin glue to protect the canvas from the acid in the paints which over time would destroy the canvas.
I’ve experimented a little with making oil paint with pigment and linseed oil but for the moment I’m happy to continue using quality tube paints with the addition of Louis Velasquez C.S.O. grinding medium, it is a lot of work to do everything for yourself and then paint and of course in the past successful artists had ‘ateliers’, with apprentices to do the more mundane manual tasks. My plan is to add skills as I need them and if they really are too labour intensive then I’ll see them as such and find an alternative solution.
I arrived at the idea of preparing my own canvases for two reason, firstly it gives you a greater freedom in choosing what size of canvas to use and I grew frustrated with applying acrylic gesso, I don’t like the stuff, I’ve found it dried unpredictably and too quickly when applying it to large canvases, rabbit skin glue conversely is easy to work with so long as it is kept at a reasonably warm temperature, similar to hot tap water. It can be sanded between coats until a smooth surface is obtained when a toned or tinted gesso can be applied. For panels I use a traditional gesso made with hot glue and chalk from Champagne in France.
I think the craft of painting will ultimately only be learned by those who wish to become more complete as an artist but of course this is not meant as a slight at painters who wish to paint and are happy to use the shop bought materials which are currently available. There is one other benefit to learning how to make your own canvases and prepare panels and that is one of cost, it’s true that shop bought panels are available for little money in all sorts of stores but the cheap ones are cheap, they twist and they still require the painting surface to be coated with a couple of coats of acrylic gesso. The more expensive canvases are just that – really expensive, once the craft of canvas preparation has been learned, there is a cost benefit to be had from doing the work for yourself, along with the afore-mentioned freedom to customise the canvas size and apply a quality glue size and glue based gesso.