Sketchbook, March 2013
Ta-da! Here’s the finished commissioned drawing (which ended up with more watercolour than originally intended…so I guess it’s a painting?!), for a lovely little beauty salon in Barry. I am quite pleased with her. It’s a very different thing making work for someone else, and not something that I have done much of…. Although I think that there is an embroidery commission coming my way soon, so that could be exciting!
Rightmove.com has taken over my life, and I am bloody fed up. Just want to move to London already… One day, one day, one day, one day, we will find the ‘right’ place, in the ‘right’ area, the ‘right’ distance from the centre, and for the ‘right’ price. Does this place exist?! Don’t be so impatient and impulsive Emma. You’ll get there won’t you. Anyway.
I started a painting today. It is a bit scary, but a different scary to normal. She hasn’t got any eyes yet, which probably isn’t helping. And I made a truly wonderful loaf of bread. Possibly the best yet, but I say that every time.
I adored life drawing in university, and after a year or two of absolutely none of it, I thought it about bloody time that I did some again. So I’ve been to a couple of sessions with the Cardiff Life Model Collective, and oh I am enjoying it so much! And so nice to not have a tutor spying over you shoulder…. I am quite sure that there is nothing more interesting to draw than another human being. Screw you still lifes and landscapes! The following drawings are mostly A3 in size, all done with black fine liners, and maybe a bit of biro. Have decided I do not like drawing with pencils at all. (Am building up the courage to take a bottle of ink and some pens and brushes, but I fear I may make a horrible mess….) Poses range from 3 to 20 minutes.
DAFFODILS MAY CURE DEPRESSION, said my newspaper. Ha, I laughed, no shit Sherlock, OF COURSE they cure depression! Look at them.They are the happiest flowers in the world. They are my favourite flowers, and always make me smile. I wish you could buy them all year. I love daffodils. Anyways. The scientific breakthrough is because of some important chemicals-or-summat actually in them. Not because of their cheerful exterior. I feel some embroidery coming on. Daffodil prescriptions?
I went to the Washington Gallery in Penarth this morning to pick my work up from the exhibition, and OH I sold a piece! My swearing, fuck you embroidery. Which I liked very, very much- I am glad someone else did too. I wonder who bought it…
I have been drawing a lot lately. Sometimes it’s hard to stop…? Have to start scribbling the next one down before I’ve even finished the picture I’m on…. Been using indian ink, fine liners, a paint brush and a dip pen. It is going well, and feels lovely. Here are some ladies. I think they are the same person. In-fact I am starting to think that all of the women I draw are me. They’ve been following me around for years.
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