Being an artist isn't a 9 to 5 thing. Neither is setting up your own business so with both vying for head space over the last few months (and throw in an aged parent with dementia for good measure), there hasn't been a whole lot of etching going on.
With Imprint 2 only a couple of months away though, it's time to get back to my core business.
Sunday, 27 December 2015
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
|A 1944 Pastoral, Land Girls Pruning at East Malling|
Land Army Girls going to Bed
|Flying Apple Pickers|
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
|David Jones ~ Garden Enclosed|
Visited Pallant House last week to see the David Jones and Evelyn Dunbar exhibitions. Mostly it was the David Jones that drew me as there have been reviews nationally, but actually, it's the Evelyn Dunbar that's worth seeing.
A brief word about David Jones. Accomplished wood engravings heavily influenced by Eric Gill (Jones spent a lot of times with Gill, lived as part of his community in Ditchling and was engaged for a few years to Gill's daughter Petra); later paintings confused and insipid, looks like he never got to grips with colour. Disappointing. There are a few early paintings of big cats which I quite like; very spare in use of line and colour. I can see in these what his art teacher meant when he commented, “Look at that, you see, Jones leaves out everything except the magic.”
There is a lot of Jones's work on display - five or six rooms in the main gallery. Evelyn Dunbar's work on the other hand is squished into three small rooms downstairs. Much more varied and accomplished than Jones's. And she deserves her own post so I shan't tack her on to the end of this one.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
|Jane Joseph ~ Foot bridge and Tower, etching|
The artist has also curated an exhibition of drawings from the gallery's collection which is more interesting (to me at least). A couple of Auerbach's in there.
|3 x 5 minute drawings|
|3 x 2 minute sketches|
|30 minute oil sketch|
Saturday, 5 December 2015
|Quick oil sketch - 45 minutes|
This first image is from the long pose at the end of the session, about 45 minutes, and is nothing more than a rough sketch in oils. The week before I had longer, over an hour, but what I produced was terrible so I wiped it all off and reused the board this week. It's going to take me a long time to master this I think but I'm really enjoying the process so far, even though the end product is no good.
I have been making drawings during the short poses to get my eye in and because there isn't really time to paint then.