I haven't done much in the last 3 weeks....I've faffed around but not achieved anything I'm happy with, so I gave myself permission for a short break in an effort to recharge the batteries.
Whilst out and about this morning I took some photos with my phone of inspiring things and thought I'd share.If you are in the Birmingham area and want something interesting to do, nip into the Museum and Art Gallery and have a look at their Pre-Raphaelites. It's free of course and you can easily spend the morning mooching around. (The Staffordshire Hoard is also here.) I enjoyed listening to the talks being given to the school children about the paintings - pitched just at my level!
The bandages on this mummy are in a log cabin design. Bet you haven't seen that connotation before!!
The bandaging apparently shows Greek and Roman influences on Egyptian mummification. The body is that of a 17 year old male and xrays show an injury to the left hand side of the neck, and an unidentified object imbedded into the head. He was in good health otherwise so it is likely that the wounds are the cause of death.
Drawings by William Morris, as he was working out his designs.
Not very clear for which I apologise, but the level of details and the restricted colour palette interested me.
Below: You can clearly see the skeching here as he worked out his patterning.
This picture halted me in my tracks, and I stared for ages. It's called Never Morning Wore to Evening But Some Heart Did Break, by Walter Langley 1894.
I love portraits that speak with social commentary, or inspire an emotional response. It's what I'd most like to aim for in my painting.