Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Jo Brocklehurst

I had never heard of Jo Brocklehurst, but of course I popped into her exhibition when I went to the House of Illustration.  And she's fabulous!  Booming portraits, popping off the wall, a great sense of character, adventure and play.  She particularly painted the punks of her neighbourhood, leading to paintings that explode with attitude (I notice that, though every pose is different, eyes are looking up in faces that display attitude!), bold black and white, neon, gold ...
And the last room of the exhibition was dedicated to her re-enactment and casting of Alice in Wonderland, using clubbers and punks, people who make and accessorise their own clothes, as models.  She then invited people to 'tea' and lit her work up with UV light.  I found this, fun, fascinating and inspiring.  I don't generally tend to create full-scale performance / installations like this (perhaps time, space, money, audience are all hindrances!) but I LOVE to see them!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Linda Kitson's Mark Making

I popped along to the House of Illustration for the first time, to see a tiny, lovely exhibition about Linda Kitson, a war artist and landscape artist, among other things.  I was utterly inspired by her mark making.  Yes, initially drawn to it by the idea that there are still, in the modern era of photography, war-artists, and all the more so that she was the first female war artist (I can't picture a more 'man's environment' for a female artist to set out in), and the whole visualisation of how the experience of travelling to the Falklands must have been for her.
But once there, I found myself primarily mesmerised by the variety of marks and media that she used to create her drawings.  I often try to interest myself in developing more 'shaded' drawings, and yet here is another 'line' artist who creates all her depth and texture through the breadth of her marks.  And lines drawn in an enormous selection of pens and pencils, even in a black and white picture.
I was also inspired by the subtle introduction of colour into black and white pictures - the complexity of colour decisions still intimidates me, and I'm persistently attracted to the simplicity of black and white, but I liked the way she adds small areas of colour here and there.

While I was there, I also visited an exhibition of Jo Brocklehurst's work.  Watch this space for a few thoughts!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March

March From the calendar ...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Lost and Found ... Boats

IMG_7911 After seeing Lost and Found at the Cinema, we decided to come home and make boats. I still can't persuade Feets to do the drawings herself, and sadly couldn't convince her to decorate the boats, but I hope that after months of watching Liam and me, one day her inhibitions will fly away and, well who knows?! Or, given the precision of her origami attempts, perhaps she'll skip the uninhibited part and reveal a different kind of genius. IMG_7910

Monday, 6 March 2017

40 Flamingos

20170103_095841 20170103_095821 My mother-in-law once mentioned in passing a strange Canadian tradition of leaving 40 flamingos on the lawn of somebody celebrating their 40th birthday.

Well of course this lodged deep in my mind and I've been saving the thought for Mr Liam's 40th ever since. Slight challenges in lack of lawn, husband's complete mortification at the idea, and the presence of a 3-week old baby. So I made a 40-piece strip of flamingo bunting. In two hours when Bean obliged me by cooing gently on the futon. Happy everybody! 20170103_095808

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lentils and Pasta

IMG_7902I was looking for an escape from full-time role play that seems to define our lives at the moment. IMG_7903 We managed two pictures before Feets started pouring seeds from pot to pot, cooking me dinner and informing me that I was her and Daddy was me and ... she was very happy.

Above, dinner, complete with saucepan, plates, pasta, spoon and sauce. Left, a self portrait. I admit, I was the art technician and did all the glueing, following careful instructions.

Monday, 20 February 2017

February

February 1I've coloured the month of February! This month also showcases one of my hubcap projects. Next step, I'm hoping to make an entire alphabet ...