Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It is Finished

There has been a break in the wet weather, just long enough to get the house painting finished. Now the back of the house is done.
My postings have been a little infrequent of late but life is a bit hectic just now what with the Welsh contingent of my family being with us and me getting through the list of house jobs that was awaiting my return from Cyprus. But now they are all done, maybe I can turn my attention to preparing stuff for my next teaching stint in Larnaca. After all there's only just over six weeks to go and I leave this cold, sodden island, this jewel sinking into a shining sea, blah-blah-blah... this England. Dunno what John o'Gaunt saw in the place....
I'll bet that's why we haven't been invaded this last thousand years, our climate keeps 'em all away!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Losing it or Senior Moment?

At the moment I am working on a large drawing of an Amazon based on several sketches taken from statuary in Cyprus. This is the unfinished work. Now I needed a particular drawing I'd done out there and I hunted high and low around my studio for it. I knew it hadn't been sold though another version of it has, I was convinced it was here in Lancaster somewhere....
....then, at last, I remembered. This is the sketch, yes I featured it on the last posting and I think that's why I was sure it was with me in Lancaster. But no, actually it is on show in Larnaca! No wonder I couldn't find it!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happiness is....

The Angel of Papfos
Dress Study Amazon.

Happiness is..... doing lots of figure drawings, mainly on an Eastern Mediterranean mythology theme while in my studio with my earphones on and listening to tapes of Church music, usually of Choral Evensongs from Radio3 or, in the case of today, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius.
It probably is not a good idea to try conducting to the music with a loaded paintbrush in your hand, that can put involuntary marks on the paper. But there is always that random factor I s'pose.... hmm?
I am taking a rest from sea pictures for the moment. The plan is to produce a few large works later on.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Another job completed

I've been out of circulation this last week having been repainting the front of the house. It has been a bit of an intermittent effort with the rainy days punctuating the flow. But now, all is done. Well, the FRONT of the house is done.
Now for the back....