Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it

Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it
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Oh give the poor guy a G String.... Or just draw him as he is. Poor chap .

Good sketching Michael, glad you art is so cathartic for you ;)

I think you art is much more fun than Dali, Mick.

I agree Syvia but it is authentic. Apparently he was challenged accordingly. Thanks Carole and Adele. Another quote from Dali, which resonates with me, is “It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.”

Thank goodness for that, that means I can stop trying!

You are creating an awful lots of inner thoughts amongst your followers Michael with your challenging and excellent works.

Thanks Fiona, Derek and Gudrun. Dali's philosophy 'really' appeals to my outlook on life, especially as I've got older and more confident and free from the strict shackles of work and state institutions. Of course his ideas don't define me strictly either but I do like that response, that you mentioned some weeks ago now Derek, 'Am I bovvered?', 'What of it?'. I think it is genetic from my Mam's side. Challenge the status quo. No revolutions mind 'cause the attitude can be dangerous. Of course I love a strong State.

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02/08/2016
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Pencil sketch and watercolour wash. I feel I'm going through my Dali stage in art. I believe your art defines you to some extent and I can see I have some scary similarities to the way he thought. For example , his 'The persistence of memory' and ' The Great Masturbator' resonate with me - I live in the past now and I've become aware of my deep sexual repression through religion when I was a young man. We are both inveterate liars and I recall his statement, The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant'.

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Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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