August Drawing Workshop

We started by looking at what drawing – as opposed to painting – really means. I loved Michael Ayrton’s quote “…an artist may draw to give order to his thoughts, whereas he may paint to give ease to his heart”. And Baudelaire’s “the draughtsman is the philosopher of art”.

We then explored how the different drawing tools not only affected the marks you made but the way you thought. After line drawing (negative spaces again) we went on to tonal drawing. Then several people got really stuck in to copying reproductions of drawings they liked. Others tried drawing without looking at their page, with their left hand, with their eyes shut and even drawing things you couldn’t really see…

‘Seeing the Sea’ at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

After so many years of drawing and painting the sea this seemed a fitting subject for an exhibition at Tenby.

Until I started to prepare for this show, I had not realised for how long I had been seeing the sea, and for how long it has been an undercurrent in my work.

‘How frail our craft, how great yon sea’ is a telling metaphor for the human condition. Afloat on this fierce and fragile sea, safe harbours sometimes turn out not to be as safe as we had hoped; a prospect of the sea from a curtained window, a tiny sail on the horizon, all these can be rich in association and meaning.

I extend warm thanks to everyone at Tenby Museum; they have all been so helpful and efficient in preparing for the show and the hang was faultless. Also to my aunt Mollie, who, at 101 years of age, suggested the title Seeing the Sea.

Seeing the Sea continues until 4th September at Tenby Museum and Gallery