There are three interesting exhibitions on at Southampton City Art Gallery at the moment. The first is a display of twelve drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection, part of the UK-wide initiative to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. Southampton is one of twelve galleries and museums exhibiting works from the collection.
It's always good to see drawings, no matter what they're of - and da Vinci certainly provides variety. Portraits, anatomical studies, animals, children, plants, mechanical engineering and civil engineering - it's all there, with copious notes in some cases, showing the quickness and curiosity of the man. He was into EVERYTHING.
This wasn't in the exhibiton - can't find one that was.
That's one of the most interesting things about him, along with his amazing draughtmanship. What I like best about him though is that he rarely finished anything. He left a myriad of projects uncompleted and must have been the most frustrating person to work with. I can just imagine the officials' reactions at the local council when they saw him coming with his plans for a canal system: 'here comes that crazy old man again!' But still, crazy or not, he and his work have endured the centuries and his genius is still esteemed today. Thank goodness these lovely works have been taken out of their dark drawers for the nation to see, albeit temporarily. Which reminds me that I was surprised to learn that the drawings have been in the hands of the British royal family since around 1690so he's always been held in high regard it seems.
My printmaking output over the last few months has been utterly woeful. I've started several things but just can't seem to make any progress. Having knitted my way through the dark days of December, January and February, it really is time to put those needles down and get on with some artwork. I'm hoping a new project and subject matter will help so Bursledon Brickworks it is. It's a fantastic place (see my post back in August last year) with so many creative possibilities. Did my first drawing / photo taking session a couple of weeks ago and was gripped by the wall of brick moulds near the kiln area. No idea where this project will go ut feel it's ripe for printmaking and pop-ups.