I took time out from my busy schedule of slacking to go and see a few exhibitions in town today. First up was “Paul Klee: Making Visible” at the Tate Modern followed by the “Court and Craft” and “A Dialogue with Nature” at the Courtauld Gallery, where I did this spread.
I like Gainsborough’s drawings, he has a lovely way with pen and ink. Samuel Palmer’s drawings from the early 1800s are a mixed media delight. I’m so used to drawings of that period being one, maybe two media, but these look more like something John Piper produced. Fabulous.
I’ve been pretty timely of late, making the concerted effort to draw and post a couple of pages every day, but the brain is slowly running out of inspirations. Or maybe it’s been sidelined by fighting the cold that is going around at the moment. So I am back to drawing objects from around the house, such as my new(ish) sushi dish set, in woody 3-in-1 and pen.
Apologies, not the super variety, these are poor imitations of several of my drawing/illustration heroes. I often wonder how you get a ‘style’ or inspiration for a character. When I sit down to try to create my own, my mind goes blank. Sometimes I think I am only good at being a muse for others and my muse had abandoned me many, many moons ago.
Being easily distracted, I quite often see things that I think would make a good abstract painting and then have to notate said ideas as quickly as possible before I forget. Sometimes it is obvious things like a sunrise or light on water, but mostly it is weird things, like colour and line on the opposite platform’s camera monitors when I’m awaiting my train home.
I stopped by the Young Dürer exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery this evening on the way to meet a friend. It was very interesting, and he has a way of shading as if he was etching and not drawing. So I decided to give it a go on the Mielich downstairs. It’s not as easy as one would think, especially if it is your natural tendency to shade first, then outline…but there is something to be gained by copying the old masters, if only practice and composition.
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