- Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881. By Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The Boating Party is a series of Q&As with writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, sculptors, illustrators, designers and the like.
In times of economic hardship, the Arts are usually the first things to be axed. But, in my view, the Arts are one of the most important aspects of our civilisation.
Without the arts, we wouldn’t have language or the written word. Without the arts, we have no culture. Without culture, we have no society. Without society, we have no civilisation. And without civilisation, we have anarchy.
Which, in itself, is paradoxical, because so many artists view themselves as rebels to society. To me, artists aren’t rebels, they are pioneers.
Perhaps, most importantly; without the Arts, where is the creativity that will solve the world’s problems going to come from? Including economic and scientific ones?
In this Q&A, I am delighted to welcome artist Outside Authority.
What can I tell you about OA? Not a lot really. She’s very secretive. She does a blog I follow. She posts images of drawings and paintings she’s done. Apart from that, I’m as much in the dark as you are. This Q&A will help us all get to know her a little better. She likes to keep pretty anonymous. Which is rare in today’s reality TV world we live in.
I like her work. A lot. (Here come the adjectives.) It feels spontaneous and fresh. Full of energy and vitality. It’s reminiscent of David Hockney and Joan Eardley. Anyway, you can decide for yourself after the Q&A.
What’s your greatest personal achievement?
Opening bat and best bowling figures of the season.
What inspires you?
People who have a go.
What was the last thing that inspired you?
A Joan Eardley exhibition.
What makes you unhappy?
What makes you happy?
What are you reading?
The Double – Jose Saramago.
What are you listening to?
What’s your favourite film?
Once Upon a Time in the West.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
About 20 years before I was born to meet the relatives who died before I was born or I can’t remember.
What frightens you?
There’s this man busking on the embankment that is dressed like a dog in a basket. It’s an abomination, he was licking his paw!!
What do you do to relax?
What do you do when you are angry?
Rant and hector.
What can’t you live without?
What’s your motto?
“It’s either too bloody hot or too bloody cold.”
Where is your utopia?
It’s a field or meadow far away with either a donkey or a pig in it.
If you only had one year to live, what would you do?
Email my resignation and hot foot it to Norfolk and Scotland.
Up who’s arse would you like to stick a rocket and why?
God, how do you choose? Jamie Oliver, apolitical my arse.
Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
What are you working on at the moment?
What is your ambition?
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
At present, make my combination boiler stop faulting and make hot water. Make that all combination boilers, I am altruistic.
Which 6 people would you invite to your boating party?
John Steed, Bodie, George from Seinfeld, my sister, my daughter, Joan Eardley.
What would be on the menu?
Beetroot and some other things.
What question do you wish I’d asked?
Who’s your favourite darts player?
I love nearly all of them, but will have to go with Steve ‘the Adonis’ Beaton.
Thank you Outside Authority.
3 things you already know about me:
I have a blog.
I draw and paint.
I am Outside Authority.
Born in the sticks, OA was always going to go to Art school right up to the time she didn’t. With the odd life class inbetween, the creative urge fought its way back through a boring job and a new loft. She likes painting, drawing, printing, stitching people, animals and things and doesn’t see any reason why she should stop soon.