9 days of drawing from a possible 29 days in February. A couple of drawings were over 2 days. I will try and increase my rate in March. Here are my favourite drawings from February. I am posting every drawing I do on my Instagram @catpigeons
Hello there, it’s been awhile. Starting 2020 I’ve mentally signed myself up to the drawing a day challenge, a hash-tag on Twitter and Instagram. My life situation currently means it is difficult for me to have regular dedicated creative time to progress the many projects whirling around my mind! I am still working on my Five English Owls linocut series, 2 owls to go. I’m working on finalising the design for my Short-eared Owl.
Meanwhile, I felt that if I was drawing everyday, then it would keep the creative juices flowing and help me explore image making. I’m not someone who in my art life draws every day, I tend to ‘make’ when I am progressing projects, when inspiration strikes or I get the art jitters and need a fix. I operate more on a weekly basis.
In January I completed only 13 drawings out of 31 days. Seems terrible? But actually if I hadn’t taken up the challenge, it probably would have been less! Like any resolution, I’m not beating myself up about what I didn’t do, rather I am focusing on what I did achieve. So here are my favourite drawings from January. I am posting every drawing I do on my Instagram @catpigeons
I am having a 30 day sale in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CatAmongstThePigeons/items on all my handmade prints. Lots of colour and bold designs available, all in limited editions. Recently I have been making Owl prints, I hope there are some owl lovers out there who might be in for a treat! And if you are in the UK delivery is free! Double win!
Work continues on my linocut print series ‘5 English Owls’. To celebrate having three owls available for sale in my Etsy shop, if you buy two prints or more you can get 20% OFF the total price using the code3OWLS20. This coupon is only valid when buying my Owl prints. Valid from today till 11 September 2019.
My entry is a photo-etching with chine-collé, of a courtyard at the Alhambra Palace. I have been lucky to visit this beautiful place on two occasions; the architecture is stunning; the decorative plaster work, mosaic tiles, wood and brick work, in repeat patterns, adorn every surface. Intimate rooms, graceful columns and archways lead you through to beautiful courtyards and gardens with splashing water features, a delight to the eye and mind.
I do hope some of you get the chance to visit this exhibition. I’m certainly looking forward to viewing the work up close, such a different experience seeing prints first-hand, as digital images don’t quite do them justice.
There are ‘heavy-weight’ printmakers currently on display at the British Museum; two large ticketed exhibitions – ‘Edvard Munch’ and ‘Manga’, and two free displays on ‘Rembrandt: thinking on paper’ and ‘Symbolist Prints’. I did the Munch and free displays in one visit and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in drawing, printmaking and symbolist art. I have yet to see the ‘Manga‘ exhibition, I am pretty excited about it, it looks fantastic!
An opportunity to see a collection of Munch’s prints, that cannot be missed. His coloured pastels and paintings of ‘The Scream’ are so famous and familiar to me that it is hard to ‘see’ them in any meaningful way. But viewing his lithograph of ‘The Scream’ in the exhibition I was struck anew by the tension between the peaceful scene and the figure vibrating with horror and anxiety.
Edvard Munch, The Scream. Lithograph, 1895. CC BY 4 The Munch Museum.
For me Rembrandt is a master of line and tone in drawing/printmaking; in this exhibition of 65 prints and drawings, you get to see the work in progress, the printed image in different states (a real treat).
From The British Museum blog: Rembrandt’s depictions of women.
A small display that packs a punch. Wonderful to see some old favourites by Odilon Redon such as his smiling ‘Spider’ lithograph. My favourite print in this display is ‘Seaweed’, an aquatint by Olaf Lange.
Olaf Lange (1875-1965), Tang (Seaweed), 1912, Aquatint. British Museum, Presented by AEC Simoni, 1958,0730.39.
I do hope some of you get the opportunity to visit the above exhibitions – Enjoy!