Saturday at the museum. Silent Partners. Mannequins, dummies and dolls, engineering and artistic genius. Extraordinary. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Friday, 7 November 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Friday, 3 October 2014
Old newspaper used to insulate the minor bird cage. Got an air mail letter from California today. Rare thing to have the pleasure of receiving a hand written letter, the date and everything. There were three stamps illustrated with birds on. A Mountain Bluebird, a Western Tanager and a Painted Bunting. I painted a budgerigar once.
In the corner of the stamps were the words 'forever U S A'.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Recently, went to a boxing contest. I imagine this is a form of reportage drawing. It just wasn't done ringside.
So, is there à new book coming soon? We want to know!
Red corner. Blue corner. Serious? Out for the count. Red corner. Blue corner? HaHaHaHa.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Gian Carlo Menotti lived at Yester House, Gifford east of Edinburgh. Menotti planted me in Spoleto 1992, 1993 and for an encore in 1998.
A fine example of the mediocre early morning 'live' drawing abandoned in a fit of failure and frustration. What not a masterpiece, Maestro? How many visits does it take to Spoleto, dozens......? Over a period of six years, total number of drawings: 1. One. This noble effort.1998. Cut his hands off. Stick his head in a bucket. Wait, wait I was under a lot of pressure. I felt obliged to draw some architecture. I did two operas. I did an exhibition. I did some interviews. I played baseball, okay it was softball, with the Americans at 2 in the morning in the piazza with the Duomo as a magnificent backdrop.I was being a Maestro. Big deal. Where did it all go wrong? Anyway others have drawn the Duomo di Spoleto since and before, there must be a billion notebook leaves of pencil scratchings superior to mine scattered throughout the solar system. But now sixteen years later my fine line unravels in front of me and ties a large knot and lynches me.
Just to illustrate my point. Look at this Ellen Bell drawing. How to capture a likeness. This is how I saw the cathedral in my mind before I was committed to paper and blunted my 404 nib. Sob.