110626 It’s All Go!


Well, what a week. I am well and truly cream crackered but happily so. I have participated as much as possible in the inaugural Literary Festival, reading out my own satirical piece as well as someone else’s where I played the Queen (as One does) as part of the Worcester Writers’ Circle Lampoon evening at Drummonds last Wednesday, read my short story “Whistler’s Mother” as part of the Sinister Shorts evening at the University on Friday, as well as run a Picture Book workshop with children’s book author Karen King in the very beautiful St Swithun’s Church ( I have lived in Worcester for twenty three years and am ashamed to say this was the first time I had stepped inside this beautiful interior).

As well as “performing” I have also enjoyed hearing Tony Judge talk about the writing of his first novel Sirocco Express in an interview with Peter Spalton, attended a mesmerising book binding workshop where I hand stitched two small booklets under the expert eye of Angela Sutton, heard about the writing of the play “Elgar and Alice” about Elgar’s life by Peter Sutton at the Swan Theatre, and nearly, I repeat nearly, heard William Cash talk about his book about Graham Greene’s affair which inspired “The End of the Affair” (unfortunately we turned up not realising he had cancelled. Gggrrr, William Cash, gggrrrr!)

This afternoon I am off for cake and bubbly to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Worcester Writers’ Circle and shall no doubt read a few of my haiku, and tonight I am off to read more haiku at Malvern Theatre as a member of Malvern Writers’ Circle. Today and tomorrow are the last two days to catch our Literary Portraits exhibition here at our Battenhall studios. Oh! and I’ve got toothache. It’s all go!

So what now? Well, I have started writing a non fiction book about life drawing so watch this space and I’ll keep you informed. If and when it’s published you’ll be the first to know and I’ll encourage you to buy a half a dozen copies to keep the bare wolf from this door.

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110415 resting nude


sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London

110414 seated nude


 

sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London

110408 standing figure


This is a two colour drawing in grey and brown wash created with a brush. I began the study in the lighter colour then changed to the dark for key accents. I think the essence of the standing pose is captured effectively with little interest in detail.

This evening went to a private view at Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery. Interesting talk by Lucy Bayley of the Contemporary Art Society and Nathaniel Pitt of Worcestershire Contemporary Artists. Images and videos were interesting, wine was flowing, the crowd were good, canapes even better, what’s not to like?

sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London

110404 feet resting


I had a student once who had a thing about feet. She couldn’t bear to look at them for any length of time so would do a quick sketch then focus on the hands or another part of the anatomy. I could sympathise. Other people’s feet are never easy to study for any length of time.

This sketch gives equal importance to the shadow as to the feet, and is not concerned with any detail. Rendered in Prussian blue it is built up out of lively brushmarks which capture their essence only.

sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London

drawing 10712


drawing the figure

drawing on experience

drawing time to share

seeing 10628


drawing every day

not just looking but seeing –

practising her scales