Over the last 10 days or so, various of my drawings and paintings have been on show in Stroud, Gloucestershire as part of an exhibition of work from numerous members of my family. The exhibition included works from five generations beginning with my great grandfather's landscape paintings. The most widely known individual featured in the exhibition was my maternal grandfather Robert Ball (see www.robertballart.com) who was a printmaker and principal of Stroud College of Art. I managed to go down and see the exhibition last week and it was great to see my work on the wall - the first time any of it has been shown.
"If you have a standard to work to it's quite easy. Get a similar object, don't speak and give it 100% of your concentration. Measure and examine its cross-section, structure, pattern etc. Start from the inside, for example, plot the veins of the leaves, flowers etc. including those you cannot see, ending up with its outside or visual appearance. I looked at Durer's drawing of a columbine."
Incidentally, if anyone visited the exhibition in Stroud it would be great to hear what you thought, so do drop me a comment here if you have time.