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Northward Ho!

Yesterday I went up to Belfast with a few friends including Sheila Pomeroy, (who has a fantastic exhibition at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin), and Tony Strickland. We were meeting Neil Shawcross for lunch at his studio. He has these gatherings quite regularly, but up until yesterday I hadn’t been able to get to one.

Shawcross

 

The finished article

I spent yesterday finishing the “head wrecker” drawing that I had started earlier in the week. I had asked myself why I had started such a complicated image many times, but when I finished it  I felt I had accomplished something and felt like starting another immediately!!!

 

Birches

   

One 'flu over the cuckoo's nest

Having yet another dose of sort-of-flu and now on antibiotics has some benefits. I have been able, because I am going practically nowhere, and with LSH away (so no one to distract me except the three ‘mouse’keteers, Missy, Pip and Squeak), to resume work on “the Big drawing”. Honestly, I wish I never started it!

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Knuckling Down

Just getting down to some work after our “Cinema Night’ in the studio. I had to clear away paper and drawing stuff and make room for the chairs. It was a great night. Habemus Papam.


So today I am back to the drawing board, literally, as well as printing a small, almost square drypoint. I have been working in this format since Christmas and have been finding it a bit of a challenge as I am working on very large drawings at the same time!
The studio is extremely peaceful and silent as it has been gently snowing this afternoon. I love this type of atmosphere to work in, even though it is very cold and I dread anyone calling in and may catch me in my inky dungarees, several t-shirts and matching face!

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Exhibition spoilers

Just back from a weekend in London….exhausted!

I always seem to forget how enormous a city it is, to the cost of my feet. I saw the Manet Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Luckily I am a Friend (of the RA) and we were able to zip past the queues and go directly to the exhibition. Unfortunately, on Friday afternoon it was jammed, and people with those bloody listening guide thingies were clogging up the entire show. You know the look: they nod sagely as they find themselves agreeing with the waffle pumped into their ears.

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