Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin,Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy, (Somerset House),1 January 1808
There were some good things in this exhibition but overall, a bit disappointing. Not enough variety of work, not enough history etc. The film of Chinese students drawing a huge head of David was good, as were some of the 19th Century paintings of life classes at the RA. Amusing in a Giles cartoon sort of way; some of the students didn't seem to be paying attention or looked decidedly bored. Also wearing hats indoors. You have to feel for the models who must have been pretty cold.
Had a day of life drawing on Saturday and our Tuesday evening sessions started up again this week so drawing for 2018 is off to a good start. A friend has decided to set me a weekly drawing challenge too so news of that coming soon.
Started a couple of new activities this year. I joined a book club to try and get myself reading again and yoga classes to help deal with the aches and pains of middle age. The latter may well appear in prints at some point.
Here are the book club books we've read this year with most recent first.
I have been really rubbish about posting this year. Didn't get round to building a crate for my press and shipping it North until October so finally got it back mid-December. Goes without saying that I'm very pleased to have it back. Five months with no press meant pretty much five months without any printmaking - or creative stuff at all in fact. Dreadful!
I need to make up for lost time. So, here's what I've done in the last couple of weeks. This is a small etching for a forthcoming print exchange / box set. Watch out for more about Wolus and Nile University for Esoterica and Woo.
It's been a slow summer creatively for a whole raft of reasons. Did get
some monoprinting done whilst covering the workshop one day last month
though. Unusually, I had no plan before I went, other than monoprinting
with stencils. This is what happened.
Inking up some lace, feathers and
string reminded me of dancing figures. I then started thinking about a
book I'd read recently, Georgina Harding's Painter of Silence, in which
one of the characters makes rather abstract faceless characters from
cardboard and winds cloth and string around them. Add PBs estate agents
into the mix with a side order of Drownies from Fallen London and this
is what came out. A fun and productive day working very freely and spontaneously.
Well, that's a bit rubbish isn't it. No posts since February. The last few months have just been so ridiculously busy, with All The Things happening, that there just hasn't been time for any non essentials.
Some creative stuff has been happening; I was going along quite nicely with the above soft ground etching and looking forward to things easing off a bit, only to have my press break a couple of weeks ago. Aargh! Feel like my right arm has been cut off. Haven't had time yet to do anything about getting it fixed - that's top of the agenda this week (after all the chores, work, Aged P appointments of course...).
Life drawing has finished for the summer, as has the Beginners / Improvers course I was co-teaching (maybe I'll post some images from that) but I'm preparing to teach a soft ground workshop next month which should be fun. I'm enjoying the research for that.
Hopefully the dust has settled a bit and I'll get some time to do my own work over the next month or so. My main focus is going to be on drawing. Am reading an interesting book - Experimental Drawing by Robert Kaupelis. Planning to try some of the exercises to push my drawing forward - more on that in the coming months hopefully.