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Friday, 25 April 2014

Drawing casts - a slice of bliss at Museum of Classical Archeology in Cambridge

Just recently I went off to Cambridge to do some drawings...I have been trying to get out much more to draw, and generally just get drawing anyway. Its like going to the gym for artists! It gets to the muscles you thought you didn't have and the difference it makes to drawing other things is amazing. It makes your brain flow and your hand flow too, with shape and emphasis of line. I went to the Museum of Classical Archaeology on Sedgwick Avenue. Its free to visit - have a check of opening times before you go. Its the perfect place to draw - you can use the museum chairs to plonk next to the pieces you want to draw, and then you can just get stuck in. Its so peaceful and full of beauty everywhere you look. The lines of a nose, the curve of a breast or buttock, and the sturdy profiles of classical rulers and warriors - its just a piece of heaven. I sat and drew for a solid three and a half hours and all I could hear was the hum of chattery kids with parents and a few couples walking and talking  and discussing. Coming out, back into town seemed like another world. I had been tucked away from the modern world! Thank God for the land of academia!!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday car adventure into East Herts and Essex - gorgeous domestic buildings

We went on a car adventure today. Yesterday it had been a six miler walk up to Pegsdon Hills from Offley so we needed to not walk to far today as we were a bit achey. I still have a broken toe, so after a certain distance, the feeling of bone on bone is a but horrid and makes me feel tired and a tad sick! So today was the time to jump in the car and explore a little of East Herts. I don't know much about that end of the county, even little more of Essex I am ashamed to say. I suppose I have always radiated upwards to Cambridge and beyond.

So we headed off to Ware and then bypassed Herford to go to Old Harlow and then up again to Sawbridgeworth and then up to Bishops Stortford. Here are a few house pictures from Old Harlow. It was lovely.!A little place that, though chopped about by town planners and too much infill,  has some gems of domestic architecture at almost every corner. I absolutely loved seeing these small domestic buildings... real homes. Beautifully tended often and just such neat shapes. The blue windowed one I would jump at making a paper cut of. I couldn't resist taking photos. It's a place I could wander round for a fair while.