I managed to see the Byzantium exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts just before it closed. Manuscripts, icons, silverware and some beautiful ceramics were just some of the 300 pieces on display. The vivid colours of some of the paintings and illustrations were just breath taking.
( manuscript on parchment, first half of the 12th century)
Some of the ceramics and carvings had images and line work that I wanted to have a play with later, so I took out my notebook and did a few scribbles.
Now,I don't really like drawing in public -I feel like I'm trying to be a bit 'arty' and I get all self concious in case any one has a look to see what I'm doing.... I knew however,that I wouldn't be able to remember the details. I probably should have checked the exhibition catalogue that I bought for Maggie on the way out, first - it had pictures of all of the pieces I had just spent time trying to sketch without drawing attention to myself. Good practice,I suppose for when things don't come complete with catalogue.
A big thank you to everyone who responded to my last post - Charlotte will be thrilled to see mail turn up with her name on it. I have just enough postcards for everyone who left a comment (just!) so I will be sending you all an email shortly asking for your mailing address. If by chance you don't hear from me, please drop me a line with your details. Cuckoo clocks will be on their way shortly...