What a feast!

I came across a statue of a man,  head down,  eyes closed,  even though his hands were open in front of him.  I also saw a painting of him looking very stern,  and then I discovered that his life is celebrated on this very day: the feast of St Aldhelm, from Anglo-Saxon times. Actually aContinue reading “What a feast!”

Space and Substance

John Minton’s illustrations are very striking! I wanted to see more of them, so I bought Elizabeth David’s book Mediterranean Food published in 1950, in which we find Minton’s illustrations that accompany the recipes. Then I decided to draw one of his illustrations – the frontispiece for the chapter on “Substantial Dishes”. Minton confines himselfContinue reading “Space and Substance”

Wildsmith’s Lines

I have pretty much always loved books, but this summer I became entranced by the illustrations you find on book jackets. Beginning with the marvellous book The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, by Martin Salisbury I have really started noticing what wonderful works of art there are on the front covers of books. So I haveContinue reading “Wildsmith’s Lines”

Tension Lines

After walking all morning in a beautiful place with Cadair Idris, Wales, in the distance, I decided to get my sketch book out. It felt very daunting to draw the landscape in front of me, so I thought ‘Just start’! I liked the foreground of the leafless hawthorn tree with the mountain behind – notContinue reading “Tension Lines”

Marc Chagall – line drawings

I have been reading Chagall’s autobiography which is so interesting, not least because of the lovely line drawings that accompany the text. The bold and broken lines give a jittery feel, a movement to the scene that at any moment might change: Grandfather might soon get up from reading his book, put on a jacketContinue reading “Marc Chagall – line drawings”

What’s in a line?

I came across Picasso’s animal line drawings and thought what lovely fun pictures they are. An owl, a horse, a penguin, and his own dachshund called Lump. With one or maybe two lines he has captured not just their shape, but also a certain personality. They are delightful! I thought I would have a goContinue reading “What’s in a line?”