Thursday, September 18, 2008
Back off our holidays, a trip to Cornwall, which gave a welcome break and moments of sheer inspiration. I went to the Tate St Ives again with a friend, while hubby surfed Porthmeor beach, just in front of the gallery (big waves, too!). After a suitable period of drooling over a particular group of St Ives school works (Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth and company) we moved onto Barbara Hepworth's house and studio just down the road. I'll put a few shots of her amazing sculpture garden in a later post. Suffice it to say, I was enthralled by her wonderful pieces arranged as if naturally amongst complementary plantings of shrubs and flowers. I could have sat there all day.
Anyway, while I was away I attempted to carry on with my rugby block but was scotched by the lack of adequate light in our lodgings. I had to wait till we came home to carry on with it...most frustrating!
Here you can see I've started building up the tones and the features on one of the players. I don't want him too smooth, but rugged and a little brutish. (Many thanks, incidentally, to Simon Bryant, who very kindly not only gave me permission to use a section of one of his fabulous photographs from the web as a starting point to this engraving, but who sought me out before a Cornish Pirates match in Camborne and handed me a real photograph of it as it had a bit more detail than the web version. What a nice man....I've promised him a print!)