1. Here’s a pic of old friend the elegant Abram chilling in fab London flat we’ve got for the summer.

    and a sketch from Brick Lane market last week. Londoners=eminently drawable if only they’d stand still

  2. … also in Lisbon discovered the wonderful Maria Keil (1919-2012) who created these quite stunning azulejo walls for Lisbon’s subway stations. And drew delightful book illustrations, of which more here

  3. Back from five brief days in and near lovely Lisbon. Eminently drawable. Beautiful combinations of hard surfaces (fist-sized handcut calçadapaving, ironwork, azulejo tiles) with flowering plants, and pictures everywhere you looked. Had fun with crayon on black paper. Charming company but far too little drawing done. Want to go back!

     

  4. Just a nice old video of Talking Heads making beautiful, danceable music

  5. Just got this poster from the wonderful Christina Sharp, in whose garden this exhibition takes place. How nice of her to put one of my pictures on it

    Just got this poster from the wonderful Christina Sharp, in whose garden this exhibition takes place. How nice of her to put one of my pictures on it

  6. William Scott (1913-1989):

    'I wanted to look at Cézanne, not through Cubist eyes, but rather through the eyes of Chardin'

    In the late 1940s he realised that “if the guitar was to Braque his Madonna, the frying pan could be my guitar”, and as a result set about painting his kitchen table, from the frying pan to the toasting fork.’

    Thanks to Chris Talbot for reminding me of him. 

  7. Here’s an apt riff on Aubrey Beardsley's book covers by Emi Genniswho has just introduced me to the 24-hour-comic-day; and some Beardsley examples, to drive home the connection.

    And an interesting interview with Grayson Perry about his lovely/sinister pots, and why he makes “perversion to match the curtains”

  8. Portrait of Genevieve, Iain + Ted, done for Gen’s 40th birthday. Since Iain’s health isn’t brilliant they’re framed by oak (= strength and long life, obviously) bluebells (symbolise healing, apparently, and are in season) and snowdrops (because they’re in season, and for Ted). And you thought it was just random floral decoration

    Portrait of Genevieve, Iain + Ted, done for Gen’s 40th birthday. Since Iain’s health isn’t brilliant they’re framed by oak (= strength and long life, obviously) bluebells (symbolise healing, apparently, and are in season) and snowdrops (because they’re in season, and for Ted). And you thought it was just random floral decoration