Sunday, 27 May 2012

then strange ground now

PB3 is finished all ready to accompany PBs 1 and 2 in the Summer show.  He was surprisingly quick to do; at least, he took a fair old time but maybe I was just more focused. Deadlines'll do that I guess.

Now for my next project...

Friday, 18 May 2012

Lucian Freud: Portraits

Finally managed to get to The National Portrait Gallery in London yesterday to see the Lucian Freud exhibition (had booked to go in April but had to cancel due to inspection - grrrrr...).  And what a splendid exhibition it is; well worth the wait. 

The show spans his whole career, from teenage sketches to the painting he was working on when he died at the grand old age of 88 last year.  Poignant.  I don't think there's really any point in me saying anything about the work as it has been much talked about and surely everything there is to say has been said already.  All I can say is that I enjoyed the opportunity to contemplate such a range of his work, some of which I'd seen in his retrospective in 1987.  To view those paintings again was great and to see later work just as much of a treat. 

It wasn't as crowded as I'd thought it would be; had a slight twinge of gallery rage at one point but think that was about it, and we didn't have to queue.  Much.  It's on until the 27 May; still time to get there if you haven't seen it yet.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

then strange ground now - work in progress

The boring bits

Four days into my time off work and I’m making good progress with preparations for the Summer open studios.  In between working on PB3, I’m printing, labeling and packing prints for sale.  Can’t say I particularly enjoying this part of the process; it’s time-consuming and not very exciting, but necessary and quite satisfying when done.

Saturday, 12 May 2012


It’s been an odd Spring so far; apart from the persistent rain, which I don’t really mind at all, I lost virtually all of April and the beginning of May to several weeks of inspection hell at work.  Stressful and time consuming which left little opportunity or energy for creativity.  Having a week off now so hopefully I can get the creativity going again.

The summer exhibition is fast approaching at RHP and I’d like to get PB3 finished in time for that.  PB1 and 2 and done (collected frames from the framer this week) so it would be good to be able to submit the trio.  Then I think I’ll have a break from PB and do something different for a while; don’t know what as yet…