Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sketching in The Beaney, Canterbury

Sketch: Lamb - sculpture by Susan O'Byrne

While my car was being serviced yesterday I spent a few hours exploring the recently reopened The Beaney or, to give it its full title, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

The current main exhibition at The Beaney is work by Henry Moore but on the ground floor I discovered the amazing paintings of Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803 - 1902). He was still painting at 99 years of age and his unfinished 'Sheep in Snow' showed the squaring up pencil marks under the layers of paint. His speciality, which made him a wealthy man, was paintings of cattle.

Next to Cooper's last painting was a sculpture, 'Lamb' by Susan O'Byrne, which I made a pencil sketch of. If you're ever in Canterbury look in at The Beaney. The staff are very friendly too.

From memory: Alex Katz's 'Beach' collage

Beach collage, from memory Alex Katz's tiny and delightful collage 'Beach' (1956) is included in the Turner Contemporary exhibition 'Give me tomorrow' on until 13 January 2013. Some of his larger paintings such as Islesboro Ferry Slip (1976) and Round Hill (1977) are excellent but there are many puzzling and cheesy aspects to his work.
Recreated from memory (and a few notes) in Photoshop.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chiles blathering on

Chiles blathering on ITV frontman Adrian Chiles shows how not to keep a nation interested in a football match doomed to be called off.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Plume-de-ma-tante moth

Plume-de-ma-tante moth 
Hysteria non-scriptus Usually in flight during August, early doors to early dawn. These moths can be a nuisance in the home, leaving inky writing over walls and ceilings. Particularly messy when squished.

Originally posted on my old miketoons.blogspot.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Prague Castle & St Vitus Cathedral from Petřín Hill

Prague Castle & St Vitus Cathedral from Petřín Hill

Sketched on a hot sunny day in Prague while sitting in the park near the top of Petřín Hill. I'm sorry I didn't have time to finish this. Must remember to take same sketchbook on next visit.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Simpson and Satie

Simpson and Satie

A music doodle from last year which I may have posted before. The solid blocks came from listening to a rugged symphony by Robert Simpson. The Gauloises-smoking, dog-walking man from nonchalant piano music by Eric Satie.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Doodle/Automatic Writing: Son of Chamber Symphony

doodle__son_of_chamber_symphony Listening to John Adams' Son of Chamber Symphony this afternoon, scribbling away in an automatic writing sort of way. Boustrophedonically.

My word of the day which I hadn't come across before until this morning. I was searching Wikipedia for information about house numbering systems - and when house numbering first started. Most streets in Europe are numbered evens on one side of the street and odds on the other. Boustrophedonic is a rarer and older numbering system going up one side of the street and back down on the opposite side.

It comes from the Greek, meaning "ox turning" or how an ox would plough a field - first one way and then the other. The word is more often applied to ancient writing on tablets of stone.
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