Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Lumen, lack of light and a hidden lion

In the end I did not miss the life drawing class.  The teacher rescheduled, and I realised when I arrived at the class last week, that the person in the T-shirt was not a new member of the class who had forgotten his trousers, but was Clive, the life model.  After the initial gulp of the throat, realising that this was it, I then spent a really exciting 3 hours getting to grips with charcoal, short poses, long poses and discovering the skeleton underneath.  We have another life drawing session at the end of the term, so I hope my skills have extended a bit by then.

I followed that with a look round the "Inspired By" exhibition, at the Morley College Gallery.  This is a competitions for adult learners to make a piece inspired by an object in the V and A.  This is a really lovely exhibition and the interpretations of some of the objects is remarkable.  Several pieces of jewellery are very covetable, particularly  a leaf brooch by Nina Gargala, and this dramatic piece by Gudny Hexter.

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 Anyone who follows the blog of Margaret Cooter, will be pleased to knew that her recent work, Museum Mazes won the printmaking prize.

After that, a visit to the Lumen Church, a wonderful space in Bloomsbury, with a fascinating history, from its beginnings as a Gaelic-speaking church to its present multi-faith usage.  The interior has a remarkable "sacred space " that is wonderful to sit in

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and the window at the top casts a marvellous light that reminded me of being in James Turrell's  "Deer Shelter Skyspace" at the  Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 

I have been stitching and drawing, but the light is so poor, I have not been able to photograph the products of either activity. Lots of quilting, completing my piece for Dislocation,; returning to one of the scrap quilts to practise free machine quilting; making some postcards for an online challenge.

Arriving early for the annual Prism exhibition at the Mall Galleries, ( on until 31st May) I discovered  this little memorial in the crypt of St Martin in the fields church, a tribute to the first Pearly King.  

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Prism is as ever full of wonderful pieces, go if you can.  Free entry, well-lit, easily accessible, good coffee and lots of inspiration.

Finally at Waterloo, a hidden lion - how have i passed this every day for a year and not noticed it?

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1 comment:

  1. And you say I'm busy! Thanks for sharing all the 'culture' x


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