Sunday, 21 August 2011

Portrait, Brighton and Circus

A few weeks ago, a very lovely friend of mine from the old Devon days (who now resides in Bristol), asked me to draw a portrait of her.

I worked from a photograph (sitting not really an option living in different towns) but added my own spin on what her earring should depict...I always think of ice creams now when I picture Roxy, though this is because of an anecdote I cannot relate...Suffice to say it involved youthful shenanigans and a giant ice cream (although even saying that may be too much for those in the know).

I am pleased with the final result, and was delighted with having a new face to legitimately draw from. I am slightly concerned that always drawing myself will result in me learning my own features very well, and then never being able to draw anyone else.

I had a very good time in Brighton attending the Aerial Dance Festival (doing silks with Fred Deb, an amazing teacher from France) and catching some of the Pride goings on. I walked to my course each day down by the sea, which was sparkling in bright sunshine all but one of the days.
Sadly I failed to bring my camera along to any of it!

I also met an artist with a circusy aesthetic - Jake Spicer, founder of the Brighton Drawing School. Check out his beautiful work, which partly reminds me of Austin Osmond Spare's.
There is no higher praise....

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

News Flash

If you are unfamiliar with them, go and check out the artists Alex Ross and James Jean. There work is beautiful, full of narrative (obviously so in one case, as he is a graphic novel/comic book illustrator) and utterly amazing. I felt very grateful indeed to my still existing local library for stocking books about each of them.

As for creative thing - I have added some details to the odd green face I sculpted recently. I've been in contact with a local puppet maker and performer, and he has been kind enough to say I can visit his studio. Will blog about that soon...

I finished a portrait that I was commissioned to draw. I'm very happy with it and will put up pics once I've sent it. Doesn't seem right to post it before I' it.

I've also finished the skeleton choreography for my new aerial routine which I'm showing in October. The musician I'm working with has finished the original music for the piece (!) and it is completely beautiful. Perfect for sky-dancing.

I'm sincerely hoping that the London rioting has calmed sufficiently by next week for me to go and start practising with my music. And in because that sounded horribly selfish (unintentionally!) I do, of course, hope that people's normality and safety is soon restored.
Strange times...surreal and, as several people have commented, oddly like the start of some science fiction novel.

Off to Brighton for four days for an aerial silks workshop (and hopefully a life drawing class).
Spoilt rotten!