Sunday, 28 September 2014
French cookery features tricky things like sauces and desserts. Today Molleux au Chocolat (molten middle chocolate pudding) and chicken with sauce Robert (mustard and tomato paste flavour). I passed on some of the sauces including Blood Sauce (blood) Angry Sauce (chillies) and Crapaudine Sauce. A crapaud is a toad, but I don't think toads are harmed. The name refers to the squished shape of a spatchcocked chicken it is served with.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Pleased to be back on my project with the excellent biography of Eleanor Marx. Eleanor is a really vibrant and interesting person. Also vivid descriptions of Victorian life and events,olitics a d people of the time. A really absorbing read. Also ordered a biography of Lee Miller, fashion model turned war photographer. I also loved My Family and other Animals, which I hadn't read since I was a kid. Wonderfully written and a happy place to be over the last few weeks.
Saturday, 20 September 2014
I gave a drop in drawing workshop with portrait drawing, using a bust of Jane Mackenzie Fraser and still life with a violin or teapot. I really enjoyed this, it is very rewarding to help people create something beautiful.
Left is a quick sketch of Jane I did while demonstrating. The plaster bust is from the C19th and is classically inspired and yes, her neck is that long on it!
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Only van Gogh can really paint sunflowers but here is my attempt. Freehand watercolour without drawing which is fun but tricky. I think I need to change the water.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
This is Kemnay House, the nicest venue I have found so far. The house is approached from an exciting dark, tree overhung drive. The back part of the building (seen here) is from the 1600s and the exhibition was in an C18th wing with lovely panelled and muralled rooms. The house is very private and secluded, somewhere you rarely get to see.
Sunday, 7 September 2014
One of the great things about NEOS is the interesting venues for the displays. Yesterday we went to see Lynda Rennie's textiles and crafts. These are inspired by city and sea landscapes. She was showing them in the Ladies Clubroom at the Albury Sports Centre. A peaceful spot in a wooden pavilion with a croquet match going on outside!
Today we saw four nature artists exhibiting in the luxury garage of a beautiful Victorian house in Aberdeen. I particularly liked Jenny Musker's nature watercolours of birds, bugs and mushrooms. There were also quilted fabric landscapes and teensy landscape miniatures painted with a brush with two hairs!