Enjoyed the Summer Exhibition at the RA and Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave at the British Museum – though it had very subdued lighting and was rather crowded. Saw a beautiful selection of heads by Emily Young in the little garden beside St. James’ Piccadilly and followed that by a visit to Grayson Perry’s works at the Serpentine Gallery. Isn’t it wonderful that excellence can be so very varied?
I have tackled just about all the art tasks so far in 365 – here are a few recent examples:
Now it’s heading for the end of June 2017! the year is flying by…
Still trying to do painting tasks for 365 and have fitted in an excellent course on faces as well.
Here are some of my faces done during Lynn Whipple’s course Making Faces. Can highly recommend her teaching style. She is vibrant and inspired.
Month ending 31st May 2017!
I have been out there – honest. Busy, busy, busy. Here are some pictures from my 365 tasks:
w/e 1st April 2017
National Portrait Gallery again to see Howard Hodgkin’s wonderful colour combinations. I asked one of the stewards if he found it invigorating and his reply was that he was at work. This seemed to preclude any sense of awe!
Have continued with the 365 course.
w/e 25th March 2017
Had to catch up with Guy Taplin’s new work. Also visited a very grand gallery to see Michael Andrews’ pictures recommended to me by an art critic at the RWS recently. Liked his small portrait studies and some of the huge landscapes. Small groups (in gouache) were also delightful in the Julian Bailey show at Browse & Darby. Completed my whistle stop tour by seeing the Gillian Wearing & Claude Cahun show at the National Portrait Gallery. Very odd.
Here are some recent 365 posts:
w/e 18th March 2017
Also visited the Royal Academy to see the Russian paintings.
More of my posts in the 365 course:
Recent contributions to the 365 closed Facebook group:
w/e 25th February 2017
Visit to Tate Britain to catch two amazing exhibitions. Both demonstrated how wide are the skills of some artists through drawing, block printing, etching, oil painting, watercolour, collage, photography etc. etc. I always love seeing Paul Nash and the huge selection here was wonderful and included works by other artists he was associated with too. I should have gone earlier in the run so I could go again but the exhibition is nearly over. Marvellous scope. The other rooms were alive with colour in the David Hockney retrospective with the well-known pictures from the 60s right up to recent charcoals and iPad paintings. Stunning.
w/e 18th February 2017
Visit to Pallant House to catch the end of The Mythic Method
and see Laura Ford’s bronzes in the Courtyard
Some of the week’s 365 attempts – yes, the photos are meant to be random!:
w/e 11th February 2017
We’ve all been busy this week, as ever. Here are a few examples of my contributions:
(The bear and fox drawings were ‘carved’ with scissors into their transformations.)
w/e 4th February 2017
365 has reached day #35 already – wow! Am keeping up more-or-less. Here are some of this past week’s efforts – I won’t include Michelangelo’s David with a moustache as it is rather sacrilegious!
I had to write a poem about the last time I wrote a ‘check’. Although the instruction sentence’s syntax made it clear this meant a check/cheque, there were lots of creative results playing with other meanings of the US English word.
#31 I pay by cheque
Oh milk, I write to you of memory.
Of my mother who gave of herself.
Of the cows she kept later.
Of the milk she turned to butter.
And the blue separator which made cream she sold.
Of the government who decreed I had one-third of a pint per day.
Of the blue tits that used to peck through the foil tops of bottles:
they knew the colour that had more cream!
Up and down go the reports:
Now you are good for me – but only in an emaciated type;
Now you are not good in any type at all;
Now some is good, but not too much;
And now it has come right round: full cream is better.
And there is butter: now back in favour – Hurrah!
There is cheese: one diet says soft cheese is okay and hard cheese is death;
another says the opposite.
There is cream: that too is suddenly okay again;
it makes my healthy soups delicious,
it upskills my raspberries,
it feels so naughty but nice.
So I write my cheque to the milk company every month.
My unseen milkman collects it.
The bank pays it.
I get the milk.
The company gets the money.
Only the cow suffers indignity. But I cannot consider every living thing
for I must get on with the day.
w/e 28th January 2017
More of my responses to our tasks:
w/e 21st January 2017
What have I done for 365 this week? Quite a few things!
w/e 14th January 2017
So good I had to see it twice. Revisited the Towner to see Towards Night again. Such an amazing collection and so well hung.
I have made some iPad drawings to combine two words chosen at random:
and a haiku about ants
and some one-liners of various subjects:
and finally horses!
w/e 7th January 2017
Quite a challenge to take in something every day!!! I’ll hope to update some of my results here regularly.