Sep 10, 2011

Mushrooms, life drawing and architectural delights

I popped back into Inky Cuttlefish Studios today to meet some friends and saw Teresa Durrant's mushrooms made out of plaster, iron filler, anti rust paint, acrylics and, curiously, tea. She suggests picking one to hold as you look at the art on display.

After a quick second look at all the art that I saw yesterday, I went back to the village and to the Nag's Head, Walthamstow life drawing are exhibiting their work. Participants are encouraged to choose their own forms of expression and this produces beautiful work in very different styles, using a variety of mediums, including ink, coloured pencil, watercolour and good old charcoal. The image of the man sitting down is by Gerald O'Connell, who is also exhibiting his "Flux Aeterna" at 15 St Mary Road.

On Orford Road, the East London Sausage Co. Ltd. and Desbrough Newsagents are showing Shaffique Manson-Visram's "Architectural Delights" drawings in their windows. These detailed drawings show the wide variety of buildings and structures around the borough of Waltham Forest. Some of the buildings shown are listed, and therefore protected by planning law.  Some are not listed, but all these built elements contribute to the richness of the area.  

I also went to Blackhorse Lane Open Studios and Clifton Avenue, where Duncan Holmes is exhibiting his wonderful photographs and drawings of the American Midwest. I'm going to blog about these two shows tomorrow but if you're heading out on the Trail tomorrow I'd recommend checking them both out. There's loads to see at the Open Studios, with 28 artists exhibiting work in a wide range of media.

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