Thursday, 8 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
At the Mall Galleries this morning for an NEAC committee meeting. It was a great turn out and I managed to draw Richard Pikesley, Toby Ward and a bit of Melvyn Petterson.. oo and had a go at Alex Fowler. I made his face too fat. I usually do that to him. I think it's because I am jealous of his goddam youth!! Saw the new Threadneedle space which looks great and squeezed in a bit of painting in the afternoon. The van by the way is running lovely and apparently it was simple to fix - a broken wire, a missing washer.... I need Ella to stand in the studio tomorrow or Wednesday in her school uniform with her mad bunches in so I can finish an oil of her for the RP: put in on 15th March. I am also putting in a drawing of Hattie asleep. I don't really know why I enter. I don't think the RP would like me as a member even if I was up to it as I rarely do any portrait painting. I just love having a go. Working on the mantle piece painting for RA. I think you are more likely to get interiors in as the idea of 'Plein Air' I think would be seen as terribly unfashionable with the selectors. Everyday detritus on a mantle piece I think is seen as more contemporary...?? My other form of attack will come in putting in a very small second one which they may not see and send it through as accepted to save getting up from the chair. When I have done these opens I am looking forward to concentrating on my next show. The 2 man in Cardiff is in my sights and I have had a couple of scratches.