Friday April 5th
On my way in from the station I checked out the exhibition William Morris & the Kelmscott Press in the Muirhead Tower. I felt very priviledged to be able to handle the original Kelmscott Chaucer tome- William Morris’ last great project before his death. Beautifully executed with delightful illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Arrived in the studio to find a note from my old English teacher Miss Jones saying she was sorry she’d missed me but will be back to do drawing in the grounds over the summer. Worked on a collage all day pre colouring sheets of paper with acylic first and working up a small A6 pastel drawing into a larger A2 study. Quite pleased with the result; am inching towards something elusive. Also worked on a figurative study of Nina with wet hair from swimming in a limited palette: black, white and blue; semi successful. The first was in my sketchbook and I left the second study on the wall of the studio. Not there yet. Winterbourne’s Coach House gallery has changing exhibitions; last week it was university staff research, this week bee inspired micro drawings with magnifying glasses for viewing. Clare is not back from Japan yet; can’t wait to hear about her time out there during the cherry blossom season.