We are back in lovely London for Christmas with Kind Dog's family and to do some research for my thesis. And a few treats including seeing Tristan and Isolde at the Royal Opera House tonight- here we are walking around Covent Garden, slowly coming down from the Wagner high.
Walking down the Roman Road in Bow -
We went to the famous pie shop and had pie and mash: I'm working up to eels next.
And of course we made the first of this trip's pilgrimages to the V&A - we spent a fair bit of time looking at the glass gallery. The glass staircase is absolutely beautiful.
As is the collection of Roman glass.
And at last the Weston cast court has re-opened after restoration. The cast of Michelangelo's David was particularly impressive.
A new exhibition featuring the range of mixed media at the Brunswick Street Gallery is opening on 23 January 2015. The show runs for two weeks and I have a number of pieces in the show - some familiar, some new:
Xylem/Phloem: the interior landscape of trees
Flagellation - which either goes this way or
this - yet to be decided and I think I will arrange the hanging hardware so there's a choice.
A couple of posts ago, I spoke of making casein medium using cottage cheese and ammonia. It has been sitting maturing in the fridge (appropriately labelled, of course) and yesterday I had a play to see how well it worked.
It was huge fun. The medium had set like a thick custard or mayonnaise
so I watered it down to a wash consistency and stirred in some artist's
ink. Following Antony Gormley's example I brushed it over soaked paper
(khadi paper in my case) and then scritched over it with a stylus.And
magically the colour surged into the etched lines.
Then I tried writing with the stylus - completely legible when wet, and then less so as it dried, smudging into runic shapes which looks like they out to be able to be read and understood but instead remain puzzling, almost meaning something.
The smallest sprog's school has an art show for their annual fund-raiser. I have three artworks in this year's show - all framed and for sale.
53x 49cm (framed) $350
33x27cm (framed) $125
and Stitch Marks
32x27cm (framed) $125
The art show opens next Friday evening and is open all day Saturday - as an added inducement their second hand clothing "stall" (spread over 2 rooms) had Jimmy Choos for $80 last year. And yes, they were in my size and no, I didn't buy them.