Lucy Rae ( who I never knew whether rhymed with sigh or say). I'd forgotten all about her:
And then one thing leads to another:
I love the way these from the Japanes exhibition catalogue have names - as well as the way you can feel them on your bottom lip even in the pictures, especially Omokage
Jim made this when he was at Goldsmith's trying to get a low fire red glaze I think
I began to wonder how long it was since I updated my pages and found I hadn't added an etching that I wanted to tell the story of.
I went to the Italian renaissance drawing exhibition with Tracey and was struck by the expression of the women - from the one on the cover:
through those I recognised the names of:
Leonardo da Vinci
to the one I based my etching on:
I though it was a look of submission but someone said maybe not. maybe it was someone hiding their thoughts - that's why the veiled head and someone else that it was a common pose - so many did it and I wondered
why is it?
and the drawing of it and the model and the artist and the studio all sort of took shape in my head - which is where the words came from.
They might look a bit scruffy but it took a lot of thought to work out how to do it.
Since caligraphy is not a skill, I
- found a font I liked and that looked in keeping
- Typed out the poem
- prt sc'd it
- opened it in Paint
- flipped it horizontally
- printed it
- copied it backwards onto the plate as neatly as I could.