Charcoal still life

Yesterday, at my art class at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle, we drew a still life in charcoal. Emma had set out a guitar and a violin against some crumpled silver foil and I decided to include part of a door frame and a couple of pictures that were on the wall next to where the still life subject was positioned. I thoroughly enjoyed working with charcoal once again.

Charcoal still life at the Lit & Phil art class

Today has been a beautiful sunny morning and I took a book out to read on a seat in the garden. I wore a heavy sweater, but needed my straw Panama hat for the sun. As I sipped my coffee I learned that Inspector Gautier had gone to bed with Claudine, the artist’s model, and his wife has taken a lover. This is all part of the Parisian back story in Richard Grayson’s period detective story set in the early 1900s. As yet, I have not discovered who committed The Murders at Impasse Louvain.

Earlier in the week I read a Sherlock Holmes graphic novel. The text was adapted from Conan Doyle’s novel A study in Scarlet by Ian Edginton and illustrated by I. Culbard. I think the Inspector Guatier stories would also look good as graphic novels.

My art has stalled a little, since I have no major project for it now that I have finished my autobiography. I have also hit a wall in terms of my piano. Fortunately, the guitar seems to be ticking over quite well. Today I play my weekly gig at Ragged Edge (that is midday SLT, and 7 p.m. English time). Speak to you later, my dear blogophiles.

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