Thursday, November 23, 2006

All the best cafes have a marble dog.........

Marble dog in V&A Cafe 22.11.06
8.5" x 11.5", pencil and coloured pencil
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Yesterday lunchtime, on the second day of my egg tempera class, at the Victoria and Albert Museum saw me sat looking at a statue of a marble dog next to a huntress. So, under the rules of my 'draw only what you can see' exercise for sketching in cafes and restaurants that's what I drew. I probably shouldn't have had him bang in the centre and did start off thinking of having him portrait - but that would have been really boring so I tried this instead. When I got home I tried introducing some colour as I had a much better view of the trees and the interior courtyard of the V&A yesterday........and then tried drawing with my eraser again - which is always fun. And what you see at the top is the result.

I've decided to leave the post about the egg tempera class until Monday as it's Thanksgiving Day in the USA today plus I need a bit more time to get it sorted. I've got all sorts of photos I need to download and sort as well.

On my way home with some new objects for the still life collection (you'll see them soon enough!) I noticed the new light and sound installation for the Christmas season in the interior courtyard - called "Volume".
A luminous interactive installation will transform the V&A's John Madejski Garden this winter. Volume is a sculpture of light and sound - an array of light columns positioned dramatically in the centre of the garden. Volume responds spectacularly to human movement, creating a series of audio-visual experiences. Step inside and see your actions at play with the energy fields throughout the space, triggering a brilliant display of light and sound.
Here's my rather poor photo of what it looks like.

PS I'm having some problems with my feedburner feed at the moment and am trying to get it sorted.

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5 comments:

Laura said...

I LOVE THIS!! Of course, I have an immoderate fondness for sketches of statuary, but this one is so very charming and lively! No chance it's for sale? I guess it's in a sketchbook, though I didn't notice this in your caption. The colorful tree through the window is a brilliant accent.

Katherine said...

Oh - how exciting - selling a sketch!

I'm afraid it is in my Daler Rowney sketchbook and I am very attached to keeping my sketches together. Plus I only like selling things which are on archival paper. However it is not within the bounds of impossibility that this one might be reproduced on a better paper - keeping the sketchiness.

Laura said...

I know exactly what you mean about keeping a sketchbook intact---I feel the same way. Well, I'd be very interested in talking about another version of this sketch on better paper, if you would! Especially so, as you so often work up a larger version of your sketches, losing none of their wonderful qualities in the process!

Katherine said...

Definitely! I'm currently experimenting.........

Tommy Kane said...

Very cool blog.

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