I like to think that I always have time for a brew – a tea, coffee, whatever’s going. Either taking some time for a chat with a friend, family, stranger or just chatting to myself.
I made a few sketches whilst on a recent field trip to the Burrell Collection, in Glasgow (part of my Professional Development year with Paintbox School of Art) and smiled when I reflected on some of the subjects that had caught my eye, especially since the building is a work of art and there are hundreds of outstanding artifacts.
This hand-sized Kyathos cup with its elongated handle reaches back 2,500 years. I love the imagery of the winged horse and the all-seeing eye that decorate the outside. This beautiful, useful object has survived millenia to connect me with someone in ancient Greece who also enjoyed a beverage.
What caught my sketching eye next was this soft leather gauntlet, showing the creases and folds of the hand that once worked with falcons.
The upper part of the glove was meticulously hand-embroidered with brambles and mistletoe – symbolising healing and life.
Here we are back on the beverage theme again and this Worcester porcelain teapot, tea bowl and saucer from c1750-8.
A well-placed bench helped me to decide on my next subject. Numerous historic architectural features are built into the fabric of the gallery walls or placed as part of the overall display. This limestone French window built between 1440-1550 is one of a pair facing opposite each other.
I’m going to have to return to the Burrell as this contains a feast of art that should be savoured.
I paused for a moment in front of this one….
Edmond Duranty, deep in thought, painted by Edgar Degas – you can see the painting here. A brief extract from this link descibes:
‘Edmond Duranty (1833-80) was a close friend of Degas. The two men probably met in 1865 at the Café Guerbois, where Manet was another regular. ….. He (Duranty) also wrote reviews of the Salon and articles on a wide variety of art matters. Manet so strongly objected to one of Duranty’s reviews that he challenged the writer to a duel – fortunately both men survived.‘
At least it looks like Duranty gave considerable thought to whatever it was that he wrote!
As always, thanks for reading and for any Stokies reading, some beatiful ancient pottery just for you!