I met my friend Tan yesterday
in Tunbridge Wells while Hope was
visiting an exhibition with her college
Tan and I enjoyed a chat over
our drinks and we swapped our
1:1 'From the Heart'
art journal cards.
This swap is the result of a
conversation we were having about
a book I've been reading,
'The Journey is the Destination'
published by Kathy Eldon, showing
the art journals of Dan Eldon.
I have been stunned by this book,
which was posthumously published by
his mother, as Dan died at the age of 22.
This book shows how Dan, even at such
a young age, was able to express his
feelings in his art journals.
I was saying to Tan how I wish I could
express myself more but suffer from
a typically British problem!
We agreed to have a regular swap, when
would open up about ourselves and
what makes us tick.
These art journal cards will remain private.
After a while we will meet up,
bind the pages into books (Tan is
a very talented bookbinder) and
then present the book back to
each other :)
Tan then took me to a wonderful
art shop in Tunbridge Wells called
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven
but was very restrained and purchased
just 4 new Neocolor II crayons
(choosing just 4 was tricky!).
I said goodbye to Tan and met up
again with Hope, who raved so much
about the exhibition she'd been to -
that I went to see it
(she was happy to go in again,
and it was free).
This was a very interesting exhibition
(held in just one room)
and although I hadn't heard of
Dave Mckean before, I had seen his
(he has illustrated books by
Neil Gaiman, SF Said - Varjak's Paw,
and Graphic Novels)
and also album covers.
His art tends to be a bit creepy,
rather dark in emotional tone
and multi layered.
I really liked his mixed media
artwork in particular.
The exhibition is on until
the end of March.
Meanwhile, I have a couple of
WIPs to share,
before certain ruination when I attempt to
paint the faces, haha!
These are from a Life Book lesson with
(Willowing) Tam, and involves ink
sprays, stencils and sploshy fun :)
These are A3 size, btw.
Thanks for reading
and bye for now!