The Daily Philistine – January 23rd – Lawrence Coulson and Bat For Lashes

Picture of the Day – Lawrence Coulson’s ‘Studio Vista’


Like Paul Kenton, Lawrence Coulson is an artist whose work I saw exhibited at a gallery with my parents. His paintings are fairly regular fixtures at that gallery, understandable given his talent. The last time we were in there, my parents accidentally got into a conversation with one of the salespeople, not realising that it was going to lead to a hard sell on a painting that was worth about four times their joint monthly income (and a solid proportion of the value of their house).

Coulson’s work is invariably wonderful and, to be honest, I struggled to pick one out of the dozens, nay hundreds of landscapes that he’s painted. So I went with the one that had the nicest range of colours and the highest resolution I could find with a Google image search – which is how I find most of these works of art, to be honest. Look at it, though, look at how perfectly he’s captured the rainbow colours of the evening sky.

It was only a few years ago that I first noticed that at sunset, the sky really does go through the spectrum, from red to yellow through green and then to blue. I don’t know how I hadn’t realised before – presumably I just wasn’t looking very often.

Music of the Day – Bat For Lashes’ ‘Daniel’

Spotify Link: Bat For Lashes’ ‘Daniel’

Bat For Lashes has produced loads of amazing, peculiar songs, but I like this one in particular because it reminds me a lot of the ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Except that apparently this is her most popular song, which makes sense because it’s great, but it now also makes me seem like the least original person ever, even though I’ve had this one saved in my ‘Highlights’ playlist for ages without ever hearing it played anywhere else. The only thing I can learn from this is that I’m apparently the most basic person I know. I suppose tomorrow I’ll pick ‘Hey Jude’ or ‘Amazing Grace’ or something.

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