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  1. On Saturday our Certificate in hand embroidery class was held in the gallery at Rugby library and Art Gallery as part of Octobers 'Big Draw' event. The idea of the event is to get as many people expressing themselves through drawing as possible and the library had different events going on all day long to encourage everyone to have a go and included hand painting and drawing machines! Artist Morgan O'Hara flew all the way from New York to come and draw us (I'm sure she is doing other things also)! Morgan's work consists of 'Live Transmission' drawing - a record performed, in real time, of the movement of human beings. Morgan explains further:

    'I draw methodically with multiple razor-sharp pencils and both hands, as time-based performance, executing a direct neural transmission from one human action into another. I condense movement into accumulations of graphite line, which combine the controlled refinement of classical drawing with the unbound sensuality of spontaneous gesture. Time-space coordinates for each drawing are described with precision in the titles.'

    See some of Morgan's work at her website:

    Morgan spent all day drawing us and capturing our movements on paper. It was fascinating to look at the result; she had created a record of our entire day, not just one moment of it. You could actually 'read' what each one of us had been doing all day and how we had been interacting with each other. Morgan is very kindly going to let us have a copy of the work so more soon! The press were also there, so look out for us in the Rugby Advertiser! Meanwhile, here we all are in action:

    Big draw day    Morgan OHara


  2. Well after a few days of not even picking my sketchbook up, I managed to make up for the shortfall in drawings today! More on how I did that after a few pages from earlier on in the week: 

    Terracotta figures sketch     Bull sketch

    Terracotta figurines and bull

    So, I'm up in Rugby teaching and had a day off today, so I spent some time in Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum. The following are sketches of sculptures by Degas and Picasso (even without my annotations, I think it is obvious which is which!)

    Degas sketch 1  

     degas sketch 2

    degas sketch 3     degas sketch 4

    And now for the Picasso ones!

    Picasso sketch 1   Picasso sketch 2

    And there is still more! But I'll post those tomorrow....

    After the museum, it was off for some lunch then a walk around the market to buy sparkly things!

     Sparkly purchases

  3. It is harder than you think, doing some drawing everyday. I missed the perfect opportunity yesterday when I spent the day in Rochester Cathedral (more on this later!) and forgot to take my sketchbook! These are my latest offerings...

    Ginger cat 1  

    Ginger Cat



    Christmas baubles

    'Christmas Baubles'