Margaret Cooter et al sketching in museums. The destination this week was the Islamic Gallery in the British Museum - the streets were solid with buses due to Kingsway being closed after the fire last week and it took 20 minutes queuing to get in the building (lots of foreign student groups) so I was a few minutes late. So much gorgeous subject matter to choose from - I was sorely tempted by the glass but got fascinated by the case of amulets including this fabulous cloth covered skull ( love those ears!) . 4 of us met up in the Galley Café to look at each others drawings and discuss favourite sketching implements ( a visit to Cornelissens was a must). It was such a pleasure to be with like-minded people after a few weeks home alone.
bellwether sheep was fun - loved the exuberant tassels and the crude stitching on the leather triangles. As it happens I have some rusty sheep/goat bells at home in the garden bought in a very non-touristy market in Turkey in 1990's - each one has a different tone.
Sheila Paine's book is much thumbed even if she did mistake rue for chickpeas, but then I did myself initially. The photo above was of the windscreen of the taxi we had in Syria in 2004 winding up a very narrow steep track to Saladin's castle I'd wished he's had rather fewer and a better view! You can see how close we were to the taxi in front.
I think a visit to Pitt Rivers is long overdue.