I’m feeling a strong sense of relief after handing in my shadow drawings to the Fine Art at Hale exhibition this past weekend. I worked late into the night for several weeks to get them finished, drawing for hours once baby went down to bed because it’s too hard to focus properly when he’s awake! I’ve celebrated by diving back into some interesting books I had borrowed a while ago, and hadn’t properly read until now:
i) I’m continuing with Secret Knowledge by David Hockney which I posted about last week. Still grappling with my own questions regarding realism in art. Probably need to do another post on this once I’m closer to finishing the book and have worked through my own thoughts on it. Would be interested to hear other artists viewpoints on abstraction vs realism and the merits of both.
ii) Really enjoying Georgia O’Keeffe At Home as she’s one of my favourite artists. I flew over to Brisbane a couple of years ago to view her exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery, and seeing her work in person was incredibly inspiring. I love her ability to capture the feeling of the wide open space she lived in during her years at Ghost Ranch, and the striking simplification of shapes and colours in her work – stripping back details to portray the essence of things like bones, flowers, corn stalks etc, instead of just copying them realistically. I could really see the influence of the work of her photographic husband, Alfred Stieglitz, on the tightly cropped compositions of her paintings.
iii) Have only just started reading Fashion Climbing: A New York Life by Bill Cunningham after watching a documentary on his life a few weeks ago. Can already feel his sense of humour leaping from the pages, so think I’m going to enjoy this one.
iv) I’m captivated by the work of Graham Little in Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Drawing – his drawings are so delicately rendered and I love his textural mark making. Fine artists who work primarily in coloured pencil are few and far between, so it’s been such a treat to stumble across his work in this beautiful book. He’s just had an exhibition in London that I would have loved to visit in person (I did use the ArtPassport app to ‘virtually visit’ the exhibition which was quite amazing but obviously nothing like physically being there to see the pieces up close).
That’s it for this week – my main objective was meeting my exhibition deadline and at one point I strongly doubted I would even achieve that! So I’m definitely enjoying winding the pace down slightly and getting some rest before starting work on the next lot of drawings.