Today's task at Morley was drawing dried out buddleia flowers, using three different methods of drawing - outline with pencil, shape with small circular movements of the pencil, using ink and a brush. I was Ok with the results of the pencil drawings, less happy with the ink and brush.
Ink and brush
I restored my artistic sanity with a visit to the Grayson Perry exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I thoroughly enjoyed this and the pieces seemed very familiar having watched the first two episodes of his current series on Channel 4. I particularly liked the way the pieces are placed on a path through the existing collection in the National Portrait Gallery, rather than all placed together in one exhibition room. This made me look at some of the permanent collection in a different way, particularly the collection of black busts in room 21, the display of suffragette photographs and articles in room 31, and the portrait of the Bronte sisters. As ever, I did ponder who does the embroidery on Grayson Perry's hand-embroidered pieces. In this exhibition, the number of French knots on the piece about the Ulster loyalists, " Britain is Best" is mind-boggling, and I don't think these can be done by machine. The Scottish pedant in me couldn't help but notice the mis-spelling of Hogmanay on the tapestry " Comfort Blanket", but perhaps this is deliberate. On until 15th March 2015 and, perhaps because the pieces are distributed throughout several galleries, not too crowded, and it is completely free.