Monday, 3 October 2022
Back from Sete, where I did no work at all - rather stupidly, since boats abound there and that seems to be the base of my current theme.
Good to change scene, see old friend Liz, get a distance on the current thinking. Yesterday was able to try some glazing on paint that has dried while I was away. Very happy that it did what I wanted.
Planning more of the same today.
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
The truly great and remarkable Brian Catling has died; on top of Bernards death this is all too much. On the plus side, when the lump/pain started up again last night (=bigger, moved) I found I really didn't want to die until I'd finished two paintings I'm working on. Nice to have that passion back.
Both Brian and Bernard died after extensive cancer interventions, exhausted.
Monday, 26 September 2022
Did a couple of hours drawing, using the dip pen from Lourdes I got in a vide grenier, and soaked chinese ink stick. Forgotten I had a facility; as soon as I remembered and became self-conscious, it left me. Enough done to inform the next paintings, with luck.
Sunday, 25 September 2022
Last two nearly finished, bit of fiddling needed. Beginning to get a feel for the collection. Why should most/ a lot of cultures see the soul leaving on a boat? Sea and river based as most are, perhaps that's enough to explain it. Thinking of Arthur being towed out to Avalon as well as the rest.
Off to Sete on Thursday for a couple of days, meeting old art colleague from London.. Last time I was there did various drawings which have come back to influence me in this series, oddly.
Friday, 23 September 2022
- not fast moving, these pictures. Perhaps the scale is wrong - they are much smaller than my usual size. Fiddly. Not moving well. Been channelling my inner John Bellany too, not my intention.
Started too early this morning as Mario volunteered to take my paintings for the show in Quillan, at 8.00am. I got up far too early, 5.00 ish - had a guest to wave goodbye to too - didn't really settle to the grindstone, then went out to a late lunch which confused me.
Hey ho. Excuses becoming pathetic.
Thursday, 22 September 2022
Went out drawing with les filles yesterday and managed to do absolutely nothing. A record. And the death-knell to those events. Today's excitement is that the show I was in has been cancelled :) Or at least, re-located to Quillan which makes it impossible for me.
I dreamed of Loretta, who was staffing the doors of a big exhibition (like the arts fair at Olympia) and refusing to let people in. Nice to see her.