Yikes, I've not done a weekend round-up in some time. In part because my weekends are usually - 'went to the hills, did some training, camped, slept, came home'. And I'm not convinced anyone wants to read that with regularity.
But this weekend we popped to London for the day to see the Quentin Blake exhibition at the House of Illustration and we visited the very emotional ceramic poppy exhibition at the Tower of London. I tried to guess which one will be delivered to me at the end of the exhibition and we spent too long wondering what the probability of getting this right was. We ate too much bad food, and we sat on the train home holding our heads in pain from too much pick'n'mix and overload from too many crowds. We slept well Saturday night and I was grateful for the extra hour this morning.
The exhibition was well worth the visit, despite being tiny and I felt more than ever that embracing your own style without distraction is just so important. Quentin Blake has never faltered over the years - his work is an institution in it's own right. He knows what he can do, and he's happy to share his secrets. I like that openness. I appreciate that he talks about the use of his light-box, what ink he prefers and what paper he uses. Like him, I work almost entirely from my imagination paying little attention to creating a realistic rendition, but instead honouring character and movement above all (for an illustration or painting, respectively). Seeing his work leaves me happy, and this is no small thing.
Speaking of which, I also started and finished a painting this weekend. I call it 'We Think Of You' because without any intention it became a retelling of my favourite place in the world; the Cairngorms. I set out to paint an image in my head of Estonia, but before I knew it my clouds had become mountains and my cumulus, snow-capped tops. It's a 12x12 inch canvas in acrylic.
Finally, new bird necklaces are being born as we speak - including The Starling, pictured above. I have two of these on pre-order, but there will be one more available to buy along with 3 magpies, 2 blue tits and 2 robin in the next batch. These will all be available on Big Cartel hopefully at the end of the week.
I hope you all had a happy and worthwhile weekend!