Weekly Roundup 36

i. Last week I visited All Too Human at the Tate Britain for my third and final time. Although not faultless, it really is a good show. Having stared at and drawn from the enormous Auerbach and Kossoff paintings (again) I'm feeling a real pull to (as mentioned in the last post) up my ambition, push myself and go bigger somehow. I also paid a bit more attention to Michael Andrews' complex Colony Room paintings packed full of people interacting. Andrews believe 'people at parties are not doing anything other than being themselves... Different body languages and postures stand for different ways of engaging with the world, some more controlled and self-aware, others more spontaneous.'

 Leon Kossoff,  Christ Church, Spitalfields, Morning,  1990, oil on board

Leon Kossoff, Christ Church, Spitalfields, Morning, 1990, oil on board

 Michael Andrews,  Colony Room I   (detail),    1962, oil on board

Michael Andrews, Colony Room I (detail), 1962, oil on board

ii. Before the end of my summer holidays I managed to squeeze in a couple more visits to The Three Crowns to draw. I haven't spent as much time at the pub as I intended to this summer. Once my research paper is out the way I can solely focus on this body of work.

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  Sketchbook,  2018, felt-tip pen and pencil on paper

Sketchbook, 2018, felt-tip pen and pencil on paper

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iii. The holidays are nearly over. Unfortunately I didn't advance my project as much as I had hoped to but I have made lots of drawings and taken quite a few photographs at the pub which should keep me going in the short term! I had to cancel my Bath Artist Printmakers membership a bit earlier than planned but I have emailed Bainbridge about getting my induction completed as soon as possible. I've also got back in touch with Tom Hammick who said I can visit him for a tutorial before Christmas and Casper White has emailed me about a studio visit either in London or Cardiff. I'm now definitely ready to get back into a routine and get on with some work.