Saturday, 12 September 2015

Constable Landscape


I remembered this delightful piece when me and John Constable (yes really!) started following each other on Twitter. You will have to click on this to make it big enough to read, but it's well worth it. I copied it out from a book my mum has on Suffolk during the Festival of Britain. I was doing my Art A level at the time and things like what colours painters' used was hugely important. Even now, when I go to mix a green, I still often think 'What would John do?'

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Pentagon Nightmare



I came across this lovely octagonal brick ceiling in a Victorian Gothic Revival pile, designed by Alfred Waterhouse who is also responsible for The Natural History Museum. Way too nice a design to leave undrawn, I sat down in the stained glass and decorative tiled porch to have a go. Then there was the glass shade, which I was going to miss out because something told me drawing a foreshortened pentagon was not going to be a piece of cake. 

Okay, I still sat there for an hour and a half but I found the same principles of measuring your angles in the air hold true no matter what place your head is at.