Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A sculpture exhibition

I can't believe it's over a week since I posted - the year is galloping away and leaving me a bit dazed in its wake. Yesterday I somehow got dressed in clothes that were too smart to paint in (I'm working on an oil painting, but not at all sure that I'm ready to show it to anybody) so decided to go and look at the Dylan Lewis sculpture exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery and do a bit of necessary shopping. The sculptures are gigantic and roughly hewn - he leaves many of the marks of building, finger and hand prints, interspersed with carefully crafted details - they look as if they've been dragged, or dragged themselves, up from the earth. I sketched one of the massive figures, hoping someone would come along to show the scale in my drawing, but no one did - you can more or less tell by the size of the doorway. I photographed the explanatory piece on the right - I think its written by Laura Twiggs - that was up on the wall, as well as writing down a quotation that was displayed as part of the exhibit, on the sketchbook page.

I've just started reading Art of Sketching (Sterling Publishing) and trying to be more expressive with my marks - so far its a really helpful and informative, richly illustrated guide that promises to reveal many of the aspects of sketching that have eluded me up to now.

7 comments:

Art with Liz said...

Another fantastic slice of life Cathy. Looking forward to the oil!

Maree said...

This is great Cathy - in your Moleskine? And what a fantastic sculpture - must be great to be able to produce something like that.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks Liz - um, I'm feeling sheepish about the oil... think I need some lessons

Hi Maree, yes in my moleskine which I always keep at the ready when I go out. You must try and get to see his work if you can!

Ginny Stiles said...

Wow...I love that you sketched the sculpture and with such energy!!! I went to the site for the Sketching Book and decided I would buy it on the spot. I'm having it sent to my FL address as I am in transition from WI to FL now. It'll be waiting for me when I get there mid-October. I found a used one at Barnes & Noble for $8. Thanks SO much for the recommendation.

Teresa said...

You really captured some life and vivacity in this sketch... great job, Cathy!

RHCarpenter said...

Wonderful sketch, Cathy, and so great that you have clothes that are too smart for painting in - I don't think I have anything like that! ha ha I'm going to check out the book you recommended, too. The year is ending so quickly!

Cathy Gatland said...

Ginny, I hope the book works well for you. I envy the cheap used book prices you can get. We can order online, but postage and import duty is still expensive - and often parcels don't make it to their destination either!

Thanks Teresa :)

Rhonda, they're only 'smart' because they aren't stained with paint... yet! I should have worked through the book a bit more before recommending it - but so far it's good...