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.