John Sell Cotman A dismasted Brig
I've long admired Turners watercolours - I've misplaced my copy of 'Hockney on Turner Watercolours ' book but I have a quote to hand which resonates for me:
"They're fresh because you can see how he has made them. You can sense the trace of his arm, ......painting has to be about this sense of gesture and movement, the sheer physicality of making a picture"
Makes me want to grab my watercolours and just play with stokes and washes of colour!
JMW Turner A study of the sea
JMW Turner Ship at Sea
JMW Turner Sea Piece with figures in the foreground
Master of invention, once others had started to copy his style, he moved on, always experimenting, carrying a lot of the energy in his sketches to his larger oils. It is this later work I really admire, with added insight after sketching at The National Gallery . So I look forward to the exhibition 'Painting Set Free' at Tate Britain later in the year. We kept thinking of the Turner ,Whistler, Monet exhibition - sign of a good exhibition that we still remember it 9 years on! (pre-blog days)
JMW Turner Breaking Against The Wind (oil)
On Friday evening, I went after work to the Contemporary Textiles Fair At Landmark Arts Centre, always a diverse selection of textile pieces.
My purchases were relatively modest - a pair of purple acrylic laser cut earrings from Mandy Nash , although seriously tempted by the silver and hand stitched silk thread jewellery of Liz Willis. I spent some time talking to Lucy Ann Harding about her quirky textile illustrations based on life as a milkman's daughter and to Anna Obese-Acquaah. I loved her complex and vibrant marks on cloth.