Last weekend the kids and I popped down to Bristol Museum, there is a Oxfam bookshop near by that we like to browse after our museum trips. So whilst Tom searched for war hammer I headed to the Art section. My first discovery was a book about Mary Ellen Best (1809-91) a British artist I have not heard of, I’m always excited to find female artists as there was so little information on this subject when I was at art college. Largely because artist like Mary Ellen were not taken very seriously in her lifetime or subsequently, watercolours were an acceptable and gentile activity for middle and upper class women but there was little opportunity for more serious artistic pursuits.
Still I find the interiors and clothes fascinating and I am working on a series of small clay figures inspired by the images of Victorian children in this book. I’ll post pictures soon.
The second book I found was Fierce Friends, artists and animals 1750-1900. Full of great images of all kinds of art depicting all creatures great and small.
And finally a tribute to the British Artist Lucian Freud who has died aged 88. I love his early work and admire his later work. Somehow in all the house moving I’ve lost my Freud book but I’ll have a look through my other art books for an image to post here.