13. 03. 08 Thursday. Went up to Tate Britain today to see the Peter Doig expo. Very inspirational. First of all I was impressed at the size of his paintings – for some reason I had always thought that they were smaller. I liked the uneasiness of the work – they all have a certain haunting quality which makes you wonder about what happened or what might happen. Also, particularly in the earlier paintings, I really like the layers and textures of the actual paint which seems to give them a luminescent quality. I found I preferred the earlier paintings to the later ones. The later ones do not seem as interesting either from a painting point of view or from the point of view of subject. The one thing that I did find fascinating was the room with his studies and sketches – it was interesting to see where he was coming from and to see how the work evolved. I liked his painting of that tunnel on the DVP with the rainbow colours.
Archive for March, 2008
12. 03. 08. Wednesday. Today started what I hope will be a series of prints on the trees in Windsor Great Park. These will be smaller than the monoprints that I did in St Mathieu and I hope to introduce some colour. Haven’t quite got it all worked out yet as I need some finer mark making tools and it is a bit dangerous doing prints here. The only place which doesn’t have white wall to wall carpet is in the kitchen so I will have to be very careful. Tomorrow I’m going up to town and hope to be able to find some better paper and some bamboo pens or something. We got a letter today from the Home Office saying that Daisy has been granted British citizenship. She and I went into Eton after school and celebrated with a cream tea.
10. 03. 08. Monday. Flew back here on Saturday morning to Stansted after staying overnight chez Claire in Montpellier. Had a truly wonderful French meal on Friday night at Le Galion in Palavas. Caught the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street then across to Paddington by tube and then down to Slough by train. Met Julia and Daisy in Slough where they did a bit of shopping and then we all came back to Windsor. Sunday morning Daisy went off to Horse Rangers and Julia and I had a long 2 hour walk in in Windsor Great Park. Spring seems to be here with daffoldils and forsythia in bloom. Today went into town for paper for printmaking.