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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.