Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Chicken strangler

The aim being to try and look at musculature. 
Awkward positions for the model at first:

 Really straining to hold the pose for longer than 5 minutes

The second half was a couple of reclining poses; one on the back, one on the front.
I overlaid, broke up and coloured as best I could and ended up with something half decent in parts:

 Which I later scanned part of and came up with this:
I like.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Chichester trip

At a loose end we decided we'd take a trip to Chichester and visit the Pallant House Gallery. There was a particularly good exhibit of Claire Leighton's wood engravings (below), which I loved, and a very interesting showing of work by the late Pauline Boty who was at the forefront of pop art who died of cancer in 1966, refusing treatment to protect her unborn child. Despite being at the vanguard of the pop art movement she has been largely forgotten despite (or depressingly because of) being the only woman in the British pop art movement of the 1960s.
I also got to revisit one of my favourite works; Thames Estuary, by Michael Andrews.

Anyway, I took some pictures (nobody said I couldn't) of some Leightons.

The exhibit include some of the actual woods, subtly destroyed, which were fascinating in themselves.

Afterwards we strolled over to the cathedral.

This is the window designed by Marc Chagall as an exuberant representation of Psalm 150. 
It's a beautiful work.
The cathedral is worth a visit for this alone but it also houses a Graham Sutherland and the full gamut of churchy arts, some impressive sculpture and a Roman mosaic to boot.

Coincidentally, that night's telly (Fake or Fortune) included a visit to Tudeley Church where Chagall made several windows, something I vaguely knew about but did not know where. Tudeley is a hop and jump from my friend's house in Kent, so a visit is definitely on the cards.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Still cold and late

The heating in the building had only been partially fixed so the room we use was still cold. 
Then the model was late.
We spent about 30 minutes drawing other members of the group (fully clothed) until the guy turned up.

 A very fragmented session