2018 Diary

May 2018

Some tasks from 365:

Did some iPad sketches at the Rodin sculptures exhibition at the British Museum.

Enjoyed a visit to see an old friend’s latest exhibition called Exotica. Lovely colours and lines on clean backgrounds. Skilful placement of cut elements.

Back to the Picasso 1932 to see the ink drawings which were spectacular. There seems to be no particular Tate link to them available but see one of the exhibits here.

A few more of the tasks from 365:

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Exhibition visits:

To the new exhibition at the Jerwood: Paul Feiler 100 Years which was varied and fascinating. Also admired the new hang of the gallery’s artwork – the beautiful Craigie Aitchison has gone for now but I could recognise the style of John Bellany and Alfred Cohen from across the room. Both longterm favourites.

Also to see a friend’s work at ArtsForum Hastings.

The Monets on show at the National Gallery. See the short video on the site for some idea of what’s on offer. Although billed as being about his skills with composition, some of the pictures seemed (to me!) to be quite awkwardly composed. Interesting though.

April 2018

More work on tasks from the current 365 course:

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En route to somewhere else visited the British Library to have a look at African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia – such marvellous writing. And to the Wellcome Collection to catch the Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian Medicine and gasped at the fine gouache paintings included in the show.

Back to Tate Modern to have a quick visit to Picasso 1932  – wow, that man worked. And exhibits of so many skills and mediums.

Caught up with the RWS show – good selection!

Also visited Tate Modern to have an initial look at the Modigliani. Very crowded and plenty to see. Enjoyed the VR ‘visit’ to his last studio. Unbelievable technology… amazing. See the video. Hard to do any sketching but managed a few lines on my iPad.

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March 2018 : and I’m trying to keep up with 365 in spite of the seasonal weather. The ice and snow meant I couldn’t go to the Preview of the Contemporary Watercolour exhibition at Bankside RWS to see my picture on show (sob).

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(PS I placed my collage creatures on a Waitrose magazine page to photograph them just for fun.)

February 2018 : some more tasks

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Had another look at the latest Quentin Blake drawings at the Jerwood in Hastings. And took in the new POP! show at Pallant House, Chichester – good to see several examples by each artist. Plus I enjoyed the other new exhibition there of Leonard Rosoman paintings. Both oils and acrylics were delightful.


January 2018 : here are a few of the first tasks

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