I have been meaning to do this forever. I know because my friend bought me the London Coffee Guide 2014 to get me started (ahem). I am drawing London coffee shops. Not randomly, but ones I have visited and liked. It involves a lot of arduous research and you should feel sorry for me.
Another love story, is poets.
When I turned 30 (oh, years ago now) I wrote out Siegfried Sassoon’s famous Everyone Sang in giant letters and put it on my wall and I feel about it as I do about songs I loved at different stages of my life. This is still in the sketching/play stage, but I will work out what to do with him.
I saw his photo in the National Portrait Gallery this weekend which was a lovely moment.
I found Ruth Pitter’s work by accident via a second-hand book store in Austin (I liked the cover) but what treasure:
Go down under the sweet, the bitter flow:
You are blind, but the blessed spirits know
Whether in sleep, or love, or death you must drown;
Cease then your striving, sink and go down.
(Ruth Pitter, Sinking)
The background is based on a Liberty print (Tana Lawn Hesketh A) which was itself inspired by a nineteenth century, Art Noveau textile design.
Loving this train I’m on, I wish I had more time to ride it!