Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Baby Sketchbook

IMG_6597 I figured if I was going to manage any artwork with a new baby, it would have to be short and swift projects! So a daily (or not so daily) sketchbook of my daughter seemed a good place to start. Here are a few pages, apologies for the poor picture quality. IMG_6598 IMG_6599

Monday, 21 April 2014

Hockney at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Hockney is an artist whom it never occurs to me to list as one of my favourites, and yet each time I find myself in one of his exhibitions, I find myself inspired in new and different ways.  It also seems that his exhibitions provide markers for my artistic journey - an exhibition I visited in my teens became what I think of as my first positive gallery experience, having always considered museums and galleries tedious before that.

Last week I went to the Hockney Printmaker exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Of course, it made me want to take up etching and lithography, printing forms so technical that I've never been tempted to acquaint myself with them.
I loved the abstract narrative and mix with text of Hockney's early prints as a student, including this one from the Rake's Progress.

And it's completely different to what I expect of Hockney but I really enjoyed his 'Weather Series' - this one, Lightning, in paticular, along with Wind and Rain.  Not the sunny days for me!!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Baby Footprints

IMG_6588I knew how much I would miss sharing the joys of creativity with the world after having my baby, until a colleague pointed out I was embarking on a '30 year workshop'! IMG_6589
So I began last week, with the glorious mayhem of pressing friends' babies' footprints into clay and taking a plaster imprint from them.

The pleasures of collaborative mess never cease ... though the challenges of working around the demands of my own baby add a new dimension to leading workshops!

Monday, 7 April 2014

London Stories

I enjoyed a serene moment with Ailsa, on our visit to the London Transport Museum to meet the colleagues, when we explored the London Stories illustration exhibition.  A gorgeous display linking two of my favourite themes - illustration and London ... what Londoner doesn't have a fascination with this city?!  These are a few of my favourites ...
The Ravens in the Tower of London, by Mia Borstrand
London Shadows by Shinsaku Iwatachi
 Starlings on the Clock by Sonia Poli