Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Palace Grounds – 16/04/2017

A pencil sketch of the Alhambra Palace grounds from a couple of weeks ago before I went on holiday.

Alhambra Palace Grounds (© Catherine Cronin)

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Seville Holiday 2017

I had a lovely holiday in Seville in the first week of April; my second visit to this beautiful Spanish city. We stayed in the picturesque neigbourhood of Santa Cruz, the Old Jewish Quarter in medieval times; a few minutes walk from Seville Cathedral and the Real Alcázar.

The Cathdral of Saint Mary of the See is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world; its bell tower known as The Giralda, is the former minaret of the mosque that stood on the site under Muslim rule. The weather vane ‘El Giraldillo’ atop, is of a bronze woman dressed in Roman attire, both the vane and tower’s names are derived from the Spanish word ‘girar’ meaning ‘to turn’.

The Real Alcázar is the royal palace originally developed by the Moorish rulers; it is regarded as an  outstanding example of ‘mudéjar’ architecture. The term ‘mudéjar’ refers to the Muslims who stayed in Spanish territories after the Christian reconquest and who continued to practise their customs; this term refers to the mix of style between Christianity and Islam at this time in these territories.

The public Park Maria Luisa in Seville is a huge and beautiful green space set beside the Guadalquivir river. The Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, was held partly within the park, and many of the massive pavillions which are now museums date from this period. A particular favourite is the Mudejar Pavilion, which is now the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Sevilla.

Suffice to say I highly recommend visiting Seville, go for its wealth of history, beautiful buildings, friendly people, reliable sun, gorgeous ceramics, delicious tapas, and wonderful wines and sherries. I recommend a refreshing ‘rebjuito’, a cocktail of sherry (Fino or Manzanilla), lemonade or lemon/lime soda and mint. No visit is complete without seeing a flamenco show at the Flamenco Museum. Lasting an hour we were entertained by singing, spanish guitar, both female and male dancers, performing solos and as a group. It was thrilling.

I will be posting a second blog on my Seville and Cordoba holiday soon.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

 

Weekly Sketch – Cactus Collage – 26/03/2017

I’ve been playing around with painting textures and patterns on paper; then used them to make this cactus collage. The very bright green small cactus arm is one of those coffee cup cardboard holders; I used it to print the green zig-zags on the cactus arm behind it, then decided I quite liked it just as it was painted.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – After Paolozzi – 19/03/2017

I visited the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery yesterday, and it fair took my breath away, leaving me inspired and a bit overexcited! All I can say is go, go, go! I especially loved the lower ground floor which included work from the 1940s through to the 60s. His early drawings, prints and sculptures really spoke to me – they were intense, energetic and (his prints) full of amazing colour combinations. His print work is so interesting because up close it is full of lots of detail, but the prints still work from far away – clever stuff.

As usual the gallery have provided an amazing catalogue to accompany the exhibition, including great images of all the work displayed. I managed to get a very good discount (alomost £10 off rrp) on the paperback from Wordery (a few remaining at a discounted price).

Here is a pen drawing from me of Paolozzi’s brutalist concrete sculpture Seagull & Fish; and then I tried to emulate the lines in a drawing of a barn owl – which I like, thought it isn’t very brutal!

And here are two images from the exhibition to whet your appetite:

Fish, collage and ink, about 1946, Eduardo Paolozzi

https://art.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/38102/fish-about-1946?artists%5B20399%5D=20399&search_set_offset=30

 

Parrot from the portfolio As is When, screenprint, 1965, Eduardo Paolozzi

 

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

BRIAN RICE – PRINTS FROM THE ARTIST’S ARCHIVES

Here is an updated link for exhibition – online pics are beautiful – a wide range of styles.
http://www.belgravestives.co.uk/exhibitions/806/brian-rice–prints-from-the-artists-archive

Exhibition: Brian Rice – Prints from the Artist’s Archive

Location: Belgrave St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall

Date: 6th – 27th March 2017

Details: A rare chance to sample a selection of work from Brian Rice’s own personal collection. During his long career, Rice set aside examples of each phase of his work. In the case of prints, he has always kept the number one print from each edition. Having published separate catalogue raisonnés of his prints and paintings, he no longer feels the need to retain so many of his earlier pieces. Belgrave St Ives has made a selection from this extensive archive and will be exhibiting both paintings and prints to coincide with the launch of the book Brian Rice Paintings 1952- 2016.

Image credit: Brian Rice

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Pear Pop Linocuts

Here are some of the final prints of ‘Pear Pop’ linocuts with added collaged leaves after printing. I am planning an edition of 10 for each pear design. These linocuts are companion pieces to my ‘Apple Pop‘ linocut from last year.

Printed with Caligo relief water-based ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 150 gsm. The colour collaged paper is Japanese straw silk paper.

I will be listing them in my Etsy and Artfinder online shops soon. Apple Pop linocuts are available in these shops now.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Garden 2 – 28/02/2017

I’m enjoying drawing with chisel tip marker pens at the moment; this is another drawing of a courtyard garden at the Alhambra.

Alhambra Garden 2 © Catherine Cronin

 

Alhambra Garden 2 © Catherine Cronin

(© Catherine Cronin)