Edward Burne-Jones: The Garden Court (K928), will be back on display at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 12th November 2015 after conservation treatment to mend tearing edges, flaking paint and remove the discoloured varnish. Fund raising by the Friends of the Art Gallery and individual donors.
This is the painting I would have been treating next if I had not left the museum conservation department last year to follow my artistic career. During the conservation of this painting by Rachel Howells, ACR and Hannah Tempest I have been dropping in as informal consultant, and doing some sketches as their work progressed.
It is only after all the structural work has been completed that varnish removal takes place, (19th May 2015 watercolour pencil). To see the restored work in person you need to visit the Bristol Museum picture galleries or visit their website http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/blog/burne-jones-garden-court/
Look on https://youtu.be/q7u49moFGC8 for the Clifton Arts Club exhibition opening in the Steak of the Arts Gallery and some of the other paintings on show. This includes a brief back view of me in my poppy jumper!
We had a great meal there after the opening. Delicious food for vegetarians too ( not just Steak lovers).
I got the chance last year to paint the Needles. I always paint from life so have to go to the spot. Which means a lot of travelling. The whole trip was by public transport and took 4 days - 2 to get there and back, and 2 days painting this on site. It was an hour and a half each way by bus from Sandown where I was staying, plus the walk up the cliff to the spot above. I used acrylics instead of oils as they would dry and not smudge and the picture could be safely transported home.
Autumn colour drawings with Faber Castell Pitt Pens which are lightfast pigmented drawing ink pens. I really like using these felt pens.
Attended a Zen Ink Painting course with Elda Abramson in October. Seeing and observing without judging. Look at the object, draw your object in Quink ink without looking at your paper, then paint your image with colours without looking back to the object. She uses Brusho ink colours which I had not come across before. You apply in layers.
Manufacturers Colourcraft (colours and adhesives) Ltd. describe them as: A unique, transparent, highly pigmented water-colour ink powders giving wonderful bursts of colour when used, exclusively manufactured by us at our factory in Sheffield. Brusho® crystal colour offers a very good degree of light fastness. Inevitable I bought a set of the paints (what not more paint) as the colours are great, but I can't pin down details about how much a 'good degree of lightfastness is' so I have painted them out to do my own light fading tests. Great colours which fade would lead to disappointment .
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november