Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Southampton City Art Gallery Turns 80

Jean Boswell Farquharson, Portrait of a Girl, oil on canvas

Southampton City Art Gallery celebrates its 80th birthday this year. The current show includes works displayed in the very first exhibition in 1939. Some lovely paintings, some of which I've never seen before. That's always exciting. I particularly like this one.

I don't know anything about Jean Boswell Farquharson but apparently this painting was displayed in a Southampton Art Society exhibition in 1930. It was purchased from the artist that same year by the art gallery using cash from the Chipperfield Bequest Fund. I feel a little artist research coming on...

Southampton City Art Gallery Turns 80  
 on until 29 November 2019.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Cowprint Sketchers at the Brickworks

Cowprint Sketchers had a fine old drawing session at the Brickworks this month. Good turn out - eleven of us - plus coffee and cake. Good times.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Book 3

It's the end of the financial year. That means a lot of time down the data mines - those children's social care annual returns won't do themselves.

Still trying to keep the book making going whenever I can. This one is another cog-based affair - five brick-sized, double-sided monoprints. Don't know what to call it.


Wednesday, 8 May 2019


Monoprinted hexagons folded to triangular book thingies.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Twyford Waterworks

Just can't keep away from the Victorian  steam-powered industrial heritage at the moment. Twyford Waterworks was open this weekend with the boilers stoked and the pumps pumping. A glorious cacophony of noise and smells. Beautifully wrought machinery and elegant architecture. More steam engines and glad to see a brick from Bursledon Brickworks too.