The girl with the blue and red tattoo

bend b

went to the gym
in my brand new addidas trainers
white Primark socks
black short-sleeved M&S shirt
blue JC Sport shorts

spent 3 minutes
on the stationary  bike
1 mile

watching the C4 weather forecast 
gusts of 90mph  sweeping over the Pentland Firth

2 minutes on the rowing machine

watching the weight-lifting slip of a girl
with  a blue and red tattoo
on her left shoulder
expand contract expand contract
15 calories

2 minutes on the slalom exerciser

with a view from the window
of passing students leaning into the wind and the rain

then sit-ups sitting down on my favourite

the red medicine ball
5 10 20 25 30 35 40 42
enough enough

then the  abdominal exerciser

then the  lower-back exerciser

the outer-thigh exerciser

the  inner-thigh  exerciser

then the torture of the tedious treadmill  

5 final furious minutes
heart-rate 110
watch the Vermeer girl with the white earphones
ignore the left calf pain
Slap Slap Slap Slap Slap
42 calories

Slap Slap Slap Slap Slap Slap
enough enough enough

10 minutes showering
pause to watch the girl with the tattoo

then out through the revolving door
into the wind
into the rain





Women doing ordinary things take up gracefully balanced positions…
What are they thinking about?



Woman with teacup, cafe, Dundee, 2012

Vermeer’s woman with milk jug, Amsterdam, 1658

girl with ball, Pontedeume, Galicia, 2006


Brandt’s woman cleaning the doorstep,  Bethnal Green, 1937

What’s silently said

by that tilt of the head?

Pink Jacket and Orange Cap

                                                             THE PINK JACKET

‘Untitled’ is a title. What does it mean? That the artist couldn’t think of a good enough title? Probably Yes.
So what’s a title for?
It states what the artist regards as the main focus of the picture or places the picture in some significant context: Cadell’s ‘The Orange Blind’ or Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ draws your attention to a focal point in the painting; Picasso’s title ‘Guernica’, on the other hand,  guides the viewer to see the painting in the context of an exact place at an exact time.
The title ‘Sunset’ adds nothing to the painting of a sunset . ‘Sunset Over New York’ at least provides information which may give the painting more meaning to the viewer.

                                        Man with Orange Cap

This title does not mean there is nothing else of importance in the picture but invites the viewer to start viewing at the unusual cap held by the otherwise very soberly dressed man.
On the wall behind him is Cadell’s ‘The Orange Blind’  so perhaps ‘The Orange Cap’ would be a better title for the photograph, providing a verbal as well as a visual link.
On a purely practical level, a title is obviously a handy way of referring to any painting or photograph – eg Picasso’s ‘Guernica”.(What would we make of ‘Guernica’ if it had been untitled? That it was Picasso’s protest against bull-fighting? Or something even darker and deeper? Perhaps the title limits rather than focuses the viewer’s response.)
And signatures.
Should you sign a photograph?
You certainly wouldn’t clutter a painting or a photograph (as above) with a title. So why put a signature on?
To establish copyright ownership?
In general photgraphs aren’t signed. Why sign paintings and not photographs? And if you do, how and where do you sign?
More questions than answers! 

Titles of short stories, novels? Perhaps that needs a separate post.