Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Vallorcine - veg patch at the end of the world


Beyond the village of Vallorcine in fact... the slow motion hamlet of Barberine at the furthest end of the valley. Here someone has created a beautifully intricate veg patch. Sat down to draw and after 20 minutes endless streams of people in wet suits started passing us!! I can only guess there are some impressive water features nearby and they had all been canyoning. An apparently local lady walked by and asked to see what I was drawing. Then she pointed out the cauliflower plants are arranged in the shape of a snail.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Great big rocks at Merry-sur-Yonne 

 
Top breakfast drawing spot. A man with a ride-on lawn mower mowed all around us while we made our pictures :)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Brussels: Haute / Hoog

Whiling away the afternoon in Brussels on a very nice street of old shops, bric-a-brac, bars and cafes.  It took several blank faced conversations before I understood that the 'Haute Hoog' on the street sign was in fact 2 names - one in French, the other in Flemish. As is the way all around town. Now I know.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Sidlesham

 Found a great drawing spot south of Chichester, reached by a tranquil cycle route across farmland. Want to return to focus on the muddy creek and fading horizon next time. Shortly after this moment, we retraced our wheels back whence we had come; however were forced to abort/divert by a herd of cows also headed home for the eve and acting a bit too boisterous for our city slicker nerves.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Ragnar Kjartansson at the Barbican

Had a lovely calm time drawing and getting lost at the Barbican on a sunny September afternoon. The hidden corners remain quiet as ever, just occasional residents passing through; a dad teaching his daughter to bike ride and some workers escaped home early. Though so appealing to the eye the architecture is a sadistic choice to draw! Inspired by the recent Christopher Wood show, I went sloppy on the detail / angles and am pretty happy with the result.  Made a photomontage on my shit camera phone to preserve the memory.


I didn't love all Ragnar Kjartansson's work but there were some pieces I did, so that's absolutely enough isn't it.  The 144 portraits of his friend Pall, made one-a-day in a crumbly Venice palazzo, and this piece (in my pic below) comprising 9 musicians - each in a different room of a huge house - somehow playing songs together.  Both pieces most evocatively rendering and placing me in the space as if I were right there too. Great.