February 21, 2013

A splash of yellow & inspiration . . .

 The newest touches of Spring are creeping into the air, popping with colour.
snowy drops & glowing gorse or whin bushes as they are called locally.
I recently realised my sketching skills are far too rusty, 
I haven't "just" doodled or sketched for the fun of it for ~ ever.
 An inspiring conversation with the lovely Margaret Milligan, 
about the 30 day painting challenge she set herself, set me a thinking.
(You can see here  the wonderful results of Margarets challenge.)
and so with all that in mind, 
I have set myself the task of doing a hal hour sketch a day for 30 days!
and by putting it out here, hopefully I am more prompted to keep to it!
I cant give up if its going badly, (something i am far to guilty of doing normally)
but have to stick at it for the half hour (i nearly gave up this morning to begin with!)
* * * 
So here is sketch number 1 a tiny splash of yellow sunshine on my windowsill.
Oh i did enjoy doing this, roll on day two!

February 10, 2013

Treasures at Glasgow Cathedral . . .

At last we managed our overdue visit to the medieval Glasgow cathedral
St Mungo's, watched over by the Necropolis with its towering monuments
It was an overly dark day, all gloomy and rain grey,

 and little did we suspect the treasures tucked away inside!
Treasures like the crypt,  built mid-13th century
to house the tomb of the patron saint of Glasgow,
 Saint Mungo, who originally built his church on this site.
Wonderful Gothic features & carvings, green men & details galore,
Fragments of brightly painted stone found beneath the floor,
that once graced a door archway
 This perfect copy of the biography of St Kentigern,
by Jocelyn a monk from Furness Abbey, made in 1180.
I love the corrections in the margins of each page.
(original can be found in the Marsh library, Dublin)
The Blacadder crypt or aisle built 1483 -1508
quite awe inspiring to walk down into this beauty
 a sumptuous display, some of the finest carved bosses in Scotland.
Perfect examples of the work of medieval craftsmen.
 The Millennium window painted by Mr. John K. Clark
once a student & lecturer at Glasgow School of Art.
and of course I'm always drawn to colours and patterns
such as these wonderful tiles in the 15th C Sacristy
and the preserved old stained glass
A wee bit of a long post, but worth a share, it is after all
the only remaining medieval cathedral on mainland Scotland.
More information can be found here & here
and I have uploaded more images here.