22 January 2018


Another day indoors, continuing with the sports pages cutouts. As well as the outlined shapes of the action men, there will be "sports words". This is a possible layout ... I wonder if it has too many figures, or if some are too small or too large -
The paper sometimes curled and cast interesting shadows -

 Quite a few of the players were photographed in horizontal flight (latter-day angels?) -

How, now, to transfer the outlines to fabric? Or do I want to use these actual photographs, perhaps fuse them to the fabric, or can they be glued on... or outlined with a pencil? I flipped them over and reversed the positions, just to see what would happen. The coins weight them down, and represent the position of the balls -
 Timid outlining -
 And some more closeups - they happened to be in a sunny spot, hence the shadows and the text on the back showing through.

 How wonderfully floaty is this top, how delicate the footwork? -
 Detached from their backgrounds, these figures are full of interest.

21 January 2018

"Sports pages" ... continued

The weather was miserable today so I stayed in. No proper walking was done, but some progress was made on the "sports pages" piece, and several more of the excellent History of English podcasts were listened to, as well as a few episodes of In Our Time (history of ideas; available indefinitely and in great variety here).

I sorted the full-body action photos by size and pulled out the largest -
 then cut them out to get the shapes -
Where next? Re-arranging the shapes and tracing round them; perhaps overlapping, perhaps not. Coloured shapes, somehow?
Then, thinking about how to render this in fabric and thread, and what small(?) changes will make the transition from realistic photography to abstract (shadowy?) shapes, probably stitched. Or will there be too much tension and/or disparity?

20 January 2018

At London Art Fair

A few things that caught my eye here and there...
John Armstrong, Flower Piece, 1948

Anna Zinkeisen, The Dark Lady 1938 

Mary Newcomb

From a book about Mary Newcomb

Who painted this? It was lovely...

Marzia Colonna, West Bay (collage)

John Piper

Victoria Crowe

Rebecca Salter (japanese woodcut; detail)

Tomoko Hasuwa, Parallel 14, 15, 16, oil on canvas, 130 x 96 cm each

Abraham Kritzman, Undergrowth 3 and 4, pencil on paper

pencil graphite catching the light

19 January 2018

Painting: Surface and Gesture, week 2

On arrival at the studio, jolly things left on the easels from the previous class -
 ... and interesting things laid out for us - the theme this week is abstraction -
 The markings on the tables provided some abstract compositions of their own -

 We had a choice of unprimed canvas (primer was available) or canvas boards, and acrylic or oil paint, and were told about choosing brushes, flat vs round.

I decided to "keep it simple" and use different widths of flat brushes, and mix up each adjacent colour without preplanning. Call it "getting to grips with your tools". The effect is staid, but cumulative -
 Then a layer of white to tone it down -
 A pleasant way to spend a morning, especially as I'm having to fight with myself to give up on "painting" altogether. I like seeing the colours happen on the surface, but have absolutely no desire to "make a painting" - and certainly not to "express myself"!

Out came the camera for some detail shots -

 The foggy effect ...
 A bit of "found abstraction" -
Next week, life painting - !

18 January 2018

The End of Pink by Kathryn Nuernberger
A book with a gotta-look-twice cover (2016; via)
a gotta-read-twice poem
My First Peacock
I keep a white peacock behind my ear,
a wasn't, a fantail of wasn'ts,
nevered feathers upon evered
falling all over the grass.
When a green peacock landed
on my shoulder to shimmy
its iridescent trills, everyone asked
if it was my first peacock.
It's impolite to speak of the translucent tail
hanging down behind your ear
like a piece of hair brushed back
in a moment lost to thought.
To make the well-wishers uncomfortably shift
their weight by saying, No,
first I had this white peacock
Because it's not anyone's fault
who can't see the glaucoma
eyes on mist plumes
that don't see them back.
So I say, Yes. And I say
how very emerald joy is,
how very leafed with lapis and gilding.

Kathryn Nuernberger (via)

"Kathryn Nuernberger was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 1, 1980. She earned a BA from the University of Missouri, an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and a PhD from Ohio University.

"Nuernberger is the author of The End of Pink ... which received the 2015 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, given to recognize a superior second book of poetry by an American poet. She is also the author of Rag & Bone, which won the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press and was published in 2011." (via)

17 January 2018


Apologies if you've already seen these photos on instagram - I am being lazy to post them again, but on the other hand, how gorgeous can feathers be? Do click on the links to see what the entire bird looks like.
Vulturine guinea fowl

Crimson tragopan

Wild turkey

Silver pheasant

16 January 2018

Drawing Tuesday - Tate Britain

In the "big hall" were some sculptures chosen by Rachel Whiteread, whose work was on show nearby. I'd spotted Barry Flanagan's rope on a previous visit - its complexity, amid the simplicity of the columns, is so enticing -
In the background, works by Richard Deacon and Linda Benglis
I started with that crack in the floor and then struggled with the rope.
Looked a lot, erased a lot, redrew a lot ...
Janet K drew Richard Deacon's "For Those who have Ears" -

Janet B, still using her large square sketchbook, found a Henry Moore -

 Carol was captivated by the frame of "the Ophelia painting" - she'd noticed a little lever on the inside that allowed the painting to be removed or replaced -
 Sue got a good angle on Jacob Epstein's "Torso" -
 Joyce went after some Whiteread castings (under a chair, inside a hot water bottle) and that Linda Benglis's "Quartered Meteor" -
Having seen what Whiteread did with flattened packaging, Joyce used her own materials (eg sweet wrappers from xmas) -
Also on the extracurricular front, Janet K has been drawing some of her little treasures, including a thimble case her son brought back from a school trip to China when he was 12 -