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Art is calling me back. I’ve been away for the last 7 months raising my beautiful, delightful girl, but the longing for art never goes.

I spent a wonderful 10 minutes yesterday putting some colour down.

Lucy

Last week, a new source of inspiration entered my life. My fantastic daughter was born.

Although I cannot afford any time to my art at the moment, there is no doubt Lucy will have an impact on my art once I do.

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Timeless

I adore this Cecil Beaton photo of Paula Gellibrand. I like the composition and style. It is from 1928 but could be from any time in the future – that’s what I like the most about it.

I have been inspired by Cecil Beaton’s photos in the past.

My thanks go to Kitt Noir for bringing this to my attention via a retweet of @hillaryssteps.

Cecil Beaton - Paula Gellibrand, 1928

Going dormant

I started to learn to draw and paint 5 years ago. It has been a wonderful means to become acquainted with art from the inside, and it has allowed me to nurture my visual creative side.

On the day that I enter my 5th decade of life, I have decided to end my brief first stint at being an artist.

A number of factors have contributed to my decision to bring this period to an end. Primarily I haven’t been strong enough to juggle my art with the plethora of other activities that my life requires me to do.

I hope that one day, when life is more accommodating, I’ll be able to resurrect my artistic activities. This is why I’m going dormant rather then ending entirely. The plan I developed last year will still be actionable at any time of my life.

Although not practising, I shall continue to take an interest in the art of others, and I shall keep this blog open to occasionally comment on such.

Thank you all for your support, even by simply following my blog or liking one of my posts. Thank you.

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Last night, I attended what will probably be my last ever Drawing Room session. I shall write about that decision in a separate post [UPDATE: that post is here]. The decision applies to my artistic development generally, and is not specific to the wonderful Drawing Room, for which I’m very grateful.

Yesterday’s session was led by Tessa Asquith-Lamb, and run by Katharine Aarrestad in Sharon Quigley’s place. Like last month’s session, it was held at the Two Roberts exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Inspired by the cubist / expressionist paintings of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, we composed images from cutting sheets of coloured paper. The pieces by the other attendees of the session were beautiful – very impressive, with lots of lovely layers of colour and detail. I however was only able to produce this rather mundane and simple graphic (inspired by this):

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The Two Roberts

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It has been ages since my last post. I have been a little preoccupied with a little something coming my way: the imminent arrival of my first child!

Although I have neglected writing them up recently, the Drawing Room has provided a welcome opportunity to do some art, in an otherwise artless few months.

Yesterday’s session was given by the wonderful Katharine Aarrestad. It was held at the Two Roberts exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – an exhibition of the work of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde.

After Katherine gave an interesting introduction to the two artists’ history and their work, we tried our hand at drawing through carbon paper – a technique occasionally employed by them.

The piece at the top of this post was a copy of part of one of their paintings (I forgot to take note of the painting’s details). I produced this by drawing through black carbon paper. Attempting to add extra interest, I added a smidgeon of colour by rubbing the non-drawing, painted end of the pencil directly onto the paper.

I could have used oil pastels on shiny paper to produce a coloured equivalent of carbon paper – but I chose not to. Instead I added blue carbon paper to my itinerary for my second piece. I copied one of the Roberts’ costume design drawings, and made a few overlaid repetitions of it using black carbon and blue carbon paper – mirroring their re-use of the same design to produce differently coloured and accessorised designs.

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I have enjoyed my return to posting about what I’m doing. I have at least two sessions that I want to write up from last year – including an interesting (for me) time with clay.

I have also started posting in my new food blog: https://foodfn.wordpress.com/. I’d be interested to see what you think of that!

My deepest thanks to Katherine, and to Sharon Quigley for organising the sessions. I hope to attend some more before my baby girl is born.