We Had a fantastic holiday in Cornwall last week. I love the holiday ingredients there – The wild Atlantic ocean, the ragged landscape, the quality of light that has made it prime location for painters. I always like going to the Tate, although I wasn’t grabbed by the current show, Alex Katz. I did enjoy a big calligraphic painting by the American abstract expressionist Franz Kline, and a large Howard Hodgkin chosen by Katz with other work from the Tate’s collection to compliment his own work. Other holiday highlights included body boarding with Summer, Kynance Cove – probably one of the most beautiful beaches I know, discovering Kestle Barton, a wonderful rural arts centre hidden away near the Helston estuary and the Eden Project, always an inspiring place to visit. This time we saw an amazing contemporary circus event by No Fit State called Bianco – Time for Beauty. Strange, spectacular, funny, daring. A wonder-full reinvention of the circus form, that unfolded amongst the audience, and above our heads. We were shepherded around the auditorium and gathered around the performers as they did there thing. Extraordinary stuff.
I am back at the stone-face this week and nearly ready to carve.