It’s been a frustrating week as we are decorating, which is not a popular activity in this house, but alas, very necessary. As part of the room we are tarting up is the conservatory, where I work, and I have been full on with the afore mentioned slapping of paint on woodwork, it’s not been a work week in the art sense, and this always puts me in a mood which can accurately be described as foul.
Still, it’s nearly done, and things will be moved back in there later on, and I can fit in a days work before we wade into the rest of the room, which is really three rooms as much knocking together was done years ago. I never really liked decorating but have done loads of it, but now I think saturation point has been reached! However, I have been putting this off for a long time, and it is looking good; so when my mood improves I will be happy, and feel a good old dollop of achievement too. Other necessary jobs are also about to be done on the house too, and that is a relief, as I had got to a point when I wondered if anything would ever move forward.
Before we got going with the paint and brushes I put two pieces of work together, using some Photoshopped images I had taken of the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. I will be basing a series of work on these images, combining the museum exhibit with the live creatures, the herbal with the living plants, the collections of natural history with the objects in their previous living or original environment. At least the decorating has given me a good amount of time to mull over ideas as I grappled with the unpleasant properties of Dulux satinwood finish.
Laying the first piece down. This is just over A2 size, with the images printed onto two A3 pieces of Khadi paper, which were cut up and spaced apart a little, to allow the piece to breathe. I drew and cut the the rooks out of painted silk and painted cotton, with added acrylic painted fabric flowers.
I did have a morning off this week to go to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to see the Rowland Emett exhibition, Marvellous Machines. If you want to see something uplifting and jolly, this is ideal. He designed amazingly whimsical but solidly working machines, including those used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and drew a multitude of cartoons. The fun and inventiveness of it all is built on a bedrock of astonishing hard work.
It’s a wonderfully put together show, and here are a few images, not brilliant as I used my ‘phone, but not too bad either. Every 15 minutes they all get going and the effect is magical, music and movement all around. As a completely non-mechanically minded person, unfortunately I didn’t take after my Dad in that respect, I was astounded.