I hadn't heard any more about the WorkForce workshops for artists that we were interviewed for a couple of months ago so I fired off an email yesterday and received a reply today. Gine, Martina and I have all been accepted for the course which begins next month. What was even better was that Gine was here when I got the news so I was able to share it with her.
The past few days I have made a last ditch effort to finish the last of the unpacking and turn the rooms into a semblance of civilisation. The dining room was stumping me but Gine suggested I move the kitchen table under a window by the sofa and she moved a coffee table into the middle of the room which makes it look inviting. The larger table I will be able to work at in the winter as it is near the fire. Now that the unpacking is completed I can resume my art course with a clear conscience, especially as the next few days are forecast to be rainy and I'll be stuck inside.
Helen recently lent me a wonderful book featuring the work of Anthony Ryder. He draws nudes from a classical perspective and his art is just amazing. In the good old days students were encouraged to copy from the Old Masters to learn about technique so I decided to do this with some of Ryder's work. This will be in my workbook for my tutor to see but I was so happy with my first drawing I wanted to post it here. I hope through doing this I can begin to incorporate his techniques into my original work.