Last week I entered my seventh decade and feel somewhat relieved that it has arrived and I can stop worrying about it! My eldest daughter texted me to say that she had taken annual leave in order to help me get my free bus pass!
On the Wednesday I enjoyed a birthday lunch at the pub with my peers from University and then drove off to London for more fun. My wonderful children had organised some lovely birthday treats and surprises and I spent five days in London relaxing, having dinner with friends, family and going to Tate Modern. There was lots of cake and presents and I was very very spoilt!
|What an amazing cake!|
The Paul Klee exhibition was large. He was so prolific and innovative. Just marvellous. I fell in love with 'Gaze of Silence'. I can't explain it really. It is not necessarily something I would normally like so much, but the colours were so rich yet subtle and I was smitten. Like so many paintings, it has to be seen in the flesh in order to be fully appreciated.
"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible"
Paul Klee, Creative Confession and other 1920. Tate Publishing
|Gaze of Silence - Oil on burlap 56.6 x 70.5 cm 1932|
The other treat of the day was Mira Schendal's exhibition. I was particularly taken by two rooms, (for lots more you can go here as this blog has many photographs.)
The two rooms which I liked the most consisted of multiple images on Japanese paper hung between perspex. The first space included images similar to the image below. The second room consisted of off white writings in acrylic on Japanese paper. The words were barely visible but hung collectively it was so effective. I loved it. Oh! to be able to construct something so subtle and lovely yet so powerful.
|Graphic Object 1967 by Mira Schendel, a the Tate Modern. Photograph: Mira Schendel Estate (sourced from The Guardian)|
I have also been working away at my etchings and here are a few of the latest prints.
|Musk Beetle front view - Hardground etching & aquatint.|
|Dragonfly on Water - Soft ground, hard ground, aquatint etching.|
|Stag beetle - hard ground etching, sugarlift aquatint.|
Finally, I played with some drafting film the other day and then exposed the drawing onto a solar plate. Lots of fun and potential.
|Automaton beetle - solar plate etching from drawing on drafting film.|