February 11th 2013
Woke up to snow- roads chaotic and missed my train. Was dropped off at Shrub Hill to hear my train had been cancelled but would be going form Foregate Street. Guard said I might just make it (in hindsight I think he thought I was in a car) so I ran from Shrub Hill to Foregate Street, leaping up the stairs two at a time just as the whistle blew and blow me! they wouldn’t let me on. I had to wait an hour for the next train which turned out to be recovery time in the hotel over the road. Finally at Winterbourne I drew an elevated view point of the garden from the window, an Edwardian smocked dress in the nursery and Nina’s teenage well worn leather boots similar to a pair I used to have (“strong boots for sculpture”). Also began an oil painting in dark under drawing of burnt umber. Incidentally Rymans were happy to sell me a blackboard – to write when I’m next in – but had no chalk! Museum was very quiet because of the snow. This drawing approach with vertical emphasis is influencing my painting approach. Asparagus cup a soup at lunch time was certainly not homegrown but very welcome on a bitter cold day all the same. I’m not adding any Liquin to the oil in order to retain brush marks and I think I prefer it. Chatted to two young ladies from Holland; one so fluent that she sounded English (when I asked her if she was English she said her mother would be delighted). Tried to capture the view from the hobbies’ room on my mini video only to find the card was full so used a trusty pencil instead. Then on to a private view at Worcester Cathedral to write a review of work of Dan Roach’s work. I like the time between four and five most when all the visitors have gone.