Thirty-five

i. I'm over halfway through the summer and I've managed to get quite a lot of work done but trying to juggle so many different things (see last post) has meant that its been bitty and sporadic. I spent the last ten days on holiday in Scotland (via Leeds and Manchester) with Becky which was wonderful. It was lovely to get away and read, walk and draw. I'm off to a festival this weekend and another in a couple of weeks. I'm very aware that I need to get back into my work soon…

ii. We spent our first two days in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe but also managed to visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see Emil Nolde: Colour is Life. Nolde was one of the most influential German artists of the twentieth century and the challenging exhibition did not shy away from or excuse the artist’s political beliefs and anti-Semitic views. It was an extraordinary show full of brash paintings and bold prints of dramatic landscapes, bizarre portraits and raucous bar scenes (which I will look closely at in relation to my own work). I loved it.

Emil Nolde,  Cabaret Audience,  1911

Emil Nolde, Cabaret Audience, 1911

Emil Nolde,  Candle Dancers,  1917

Emil Nolde, Candle Dancers, 1917

iii. On our way back from Scotland we stayed in Manchester specifically to visit Chantal Joffe: Personal Feeling is the Main Thing at The Lowry for my research paper. It was a brilliant, joyful show of intimate, awkward and relatable paintings of everyday life. I made pages and pages of drawings and notes as part of my essay research. Before we left for Scotland I emailed Leora the abstract for my research paper and, as well as some criticism and advice, she finished with 'I think you're well on the way'. I feel encouraged and informed and ready to get stuck in.

Chantal Joffe,  The Squid and the Whale,  2017

Chantal Joffe, The Squid and the Whale, 2017

Chantal Joffe,  Esme with a Striped Blanket , 2005

Chantal Joffe, Esme with a Striped Blanket, 2005