Tuesday, 25 April 2017

York Art Gallery sketchbook pages

I went back to York Art Gallery to see the Lumber Room again; here are a few scans from my sketchbook!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Edinburgh sketchbook and photographs

Colour loving in the flat we stayed in

Hello! So... it's been a while since I last updated which bothers me a bit. Mostly because I haven't been feeling so great recently, and not having consistent blog posts up is just a reminder of that. But it's OK because there is one now!

Anyway, we came back from Edinburgh a while ago now but I still wanted to share my photos and sketchbook pages from our trip. We stayed in a really cool flat which had such an artsy ~bohemian~ feel to it I felt so sad when we had to leave! Jake had never visited before so it was really nice to explore the city with my sister (she studies animation there). We trekked up to Arthurs Seat to watch the sunrise, visited Marys milk bar for a yummy icecream shake, delved into loads of antique and vintage shops, stopped by a couple of art galleries, ventured to the Royal Botanic Garden, strolled through Princes Street Gardens and visited The Museum of Childhood. Busy but so fun... and such a beautiful city too! I hope you enjoy my pictures and sketches. 

Fried eggs on toast for breakfast

Walking up the royal mile

There was amazing views from the living room... and little knick knacks too

Jake sketching 

Bathroom poetry

A little drawing I did of Jake

Flowers from the botanic garden

Van Gogh in the National Gallery

Views of the buildings from princes street gardens (with daffodils)

Details from Marys Milk bar

Amazing vibrant plant from the botanic garden

Leaves in crayon

Watching the sun rise from Arthurs seat

Sunday, 2 April 2017

David Hockney at Tate Britain

Last week we visited the David Hockney exhibition and it was amazing to see so much of his work from various stages of his life together in one space. It makes you realise how much an artist can change when presented with a retrospective of their work. Hockney draws and paints with a mixture of media, creates etchings, designs stage sets, makes photo collages digitally and by hand, and most recently has replaced his sketchbook with the ipad. I really admire his open mind to new techniques and technology and it's a great reminder to keep experimenting even after leaving university. 

We Two Boys Together Clinging, 1961

Flight into Italy - Swiss Landscape, 1962

The Hypnotist, 1963

Overall I personally favoured most of his earlier pieces. As refined as his portraits are, I prefer the crude marks and raw emotion expressed in his works from the sixties. I love the darker, muted colour palettes and his complete disregard for painting the "perfect" picture, with abstracted figures and text scrawled across the canvas. I don't really know why; I like the movement of the brushstrokes and I think they embody more sentiment rather than just being a painting of something. 

May Blossom on the Roman Road, 2009

Garden with Blue Terrace, 2015

One thing I did love about his most recent stuff was his combination of vibrant colours and use of mark making; these two were my favourites! They make me long for overgrown spring fields and lush tropical weather. 

It's really hard to share how impressive they all are and a visit to the Tate is definitely worth it. I think his work is so appealing and at times so diverse, it would be hard to find something you didn't like. After scheduling my last post I've had my 22nd birthday and tomorrow Jake and I are off to the lovely city of Edinburgh! Since we were so inspired by Hockney we decided to buy lots of new art supplies to try sketching whilst we are there. Hopefully I will have lots of lovely things to share when we get back. :)

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