Friday The 13th!

13 Jul

I’m up in Bath and it’s a lovely morning, sun shining and birds singing. Poured down yesterday when I was invigilating our exhibition, Commensalis at Walcot Chapel, but I guess that encouraged people to come into the dry. I did this drawing from the inside looking out. Drawing architecture is challenging because I don’t want it to look like an architect’s drawing so, like with drawing plants, I have to develop a shorthand of marks and a distinctive style. When I was a kid and tried drawing in my own style, some teachers and older relatives used to tell me off because I wasn’t drawing ‘properly’, which meant drawing as copying, using academic techniques.

The Walcot Chapel is an early eighteenth century mortuary chapel in one of the older parts of Bath. In the past, many sick people came to the city to take the waters at the spa. Some didn’t make it and died here. Walcot was one of the mortuary chapels where they were laid out and buried. The small steeply sloping grounds are crammed with old, worn gravestones and tombs. I’m doing an artist-in-conversation here this evening at 6.30 – it’s Friday 13th. That’s going to be a bit spooky!

But before all that, Husb and I are having a day out in Bath with a nice brunch and a visit to the amazing Baths. We found this excellent guide book yesterday – it’s fascinating and also very witty so we’ll let it guide us round the city today. The author has the marvellous name of Gideon Kibblewhite.

4 Responses to “Friday The 13th!”

  1. SiverBlack July 13, 2012 at 16:40 #

    I read somewhere “your style is everything you’re doing wrong”. I love that. And when I look at work that I really like and think about why I like it, often it’s because of things the artist is doing “wrong”. It sounds like you’re having a great trip! Enjoy the exhibition.

  2. Alli Farkas July 13, 2012 at 14:32 #

    Don’t you just hate that “not drawing properly” meme? At least you didn’t pay the teachers and relatives any mind, but a lot of kids do listen and then just put down their drawing materials forever. Sad. The principal of a school that I volunteered to teach art at was one of those kids. She had her drawing held up in front of the class as an example of “what not to do” and never drew again. She allowed me to teach because she was overjoyed when she read my class outline and discovered that I was adamant about there being no “right” way to do art.

    • Rosie Scribblah July 14, 2012 at 11:48 #

      Good for you. I know a number of talented artists who started late in life because they were told at school that they weren’t drawing ‘right’

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