Stir Crazy Celtic Knots

16 May

I was ‘babysitting’ the current show at Elysium Gallery earlier this afternoon, doing my volunteer stint for the day and a shy young man wandered in, wearing a Big Issue seller’s tabard. He asked if it was alright to come in, he was very nervous. I made him welcome and he really liked the exhibition. I chatted to him and he said that he loved art and when he finishes selling the mag each day, he goes back to his tiny room and spends hours drawing Celtic Knotwork. Celtic Knotwork!!!! Have you ever tried drawing Celtic Knotwork? I have – it’s really hard. And this guy is absorbed in it for hours each day. It’s so easy to judge people by their appearances and fail to see the human being behind the stereotype. He said he’d call in again. I hope he does.

When I left the gallery the sun was streaming down, rare for Swansea and I didn’t want to go back to my studio – I’m getting a bit stir crazy and the place smells of rabbit skin glue at the moment – horrible. So I went walkabout and sat on a wall by the Big Issue office in St. Helen’s Road. I sketched the people using the traffic crossing. It wasn’t easy because they don’t stay still for long and dart across the road really quickly, so it was a good exercise for me. They weren’t bunched together in a group – I drew them singly and tried to fit them together as best I can. Back to the smelly studio tomorrow – hope it rains.

4 Responses to “Stir Crazy Celtic Knots”

  1. frozenroom May 17, 2012 at 14:19 #

    My Mother used to stitch Celtic Knot designs on pillow cases. She said that ” when you concentrate on the knot it’s hard to think of anything else”. It was her way of forgetting
    any worries for a while.Perhaps the Big Issue guy uses the same therapy ?

    • Rosie Scribblah May 17, 2012 at 17:44 #

      You might be right. He said it absorbs him totally for hours.

  2. ziggyshortcrust May 16, 2012 at 22:07 #

    There’re not many people can say “I don’t want to go in to work today. The place smells of rabbit skin glue”.

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