June 19, 2018

Woman with Jasmine Flowers - Art by Sarah Myers


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Woman with Jasmine Flowers, Sarah Myers
Charcoal, conte, paper-cut and collage


    She looks out from the storm of perfumed jasmine flowers, blooms that blow down and across her and are caught in her stillness. Her face with its intense but motionless glance is reminiscent of ancient portraits from late Rome or from Fayum, but she and the fragile blossoms are clearly from own our time.
      Cut-out, collage, 'decoupe', 'mixed media' are all names for the techniques used; a charcoal and conte portrait was sketched and then cut from brown paper and applied to a sheet of soft grey; white bristol makes her large, handsome collar and the jasmine flowers hovering around her are simple stars of white paper, fastened down lightly.


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Woman with Jasmine Flowers, detail.  Sarah Myers
Mixed media.

June 10, 2018

Line Drawings - Baroque Mantle, Lady with Feathers and Pearls

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Baroque Mantle, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal


   These drawings are simple in their use of line but somewhat ornate in the style they portray, with embroidered fabric, pearls and curling hair; the two faces – two imaginary portraits - contrast, one with open glance and one with a more tranquil but reserved downward gaze.


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Lady with Feathers and Pearls, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal

June 6, 2018

Three Faces - Drawings by Sarah Myers

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Woman in a Sun-hat, Sarah Myers
Drawing in minimal charcoal on paper



    A lady in a sun-hat, a woman in a scarf and one with flowing hair – here are three drawings from my series of minimal sketches, black charcoal describing the outlines of faces, the glances of the eyes, forming expressive portraits from lines that are almost abstract in themselves.



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Woman with Long Hair, Sarah Myers
Drawing in minimal line, charcoal on paper




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Lady with a Scarf, Sarah Myers
Drawing in minimal line, charcoal on paper

May 28, 2018

A Small Sculpture, Kneeling Woman - Sarah Myers



Kneeling Woman, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in stoneware

  She kneels back on her heels, her arms outstretched to catch a garland of silver chain or whatever is placed in her delicate fingers. She looks down – intent and tranquil at the same time, head turned a little aside.
    This tiny sculpture is barely 13 cm high, its details formed with a gentleness appropriate to its size; but in the stretch and the simplicity of position there is a hint of monumentality, and it makes her, for a moment's glance, a real statue expressing her own quiet vitality and gravity.


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Kneeling Woman, Sarah Myers
Detail of back.


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Kneeling Woman, Sarah Myers


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Kneeling Woman, side
Sarah Myers


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Kneeling Woman, Sarah Myers

May 27, 2018

Three Pictures of Pigeons - Drawings by Sarah Myers

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Pigeon Strutting, Sarah Myers
Drawing in minimal charcoal on paper



    Three pigeons busy themselves in these drawings. Strutting, preening, scratching, the friendly birds appear in dark charcoal on the white page, descriptions of their everyday life rendered simple and distinct by the strength of a bright sun...


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Pigeon Preening, Sarah Myers
Drawing in minimal charcoal on paper


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Pigeon Scratching, Sarah Myers
Drawing in minimal charcoal on paper

May 26, 2018

Renaissance Condottiere - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Condottiere, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in stoneware

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Condottiere, Sarah Myers
Contemporary sculpture


     This Renaissance warrior in an impressive helmet may look slightly familiar from a profile among the incredible drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci. My sculpture of some years ago, along with being created in the round, also differs from the Old Master's sketch in the height of the crested helm, which more closely resembles Spanish armour from fifty to a hundred years later. But the scowling, proud profile gazing from under the beaked visor bears a very close likeness, as do the fantastic animals which adorn the front of the burgonet and the breastplate.

     With these photographs I am revisiting a piece produced almost a decade ago. Some things I might do a little differently now, such as reducing the startling size of my signature. But I remain as intrigued by the Da Vinci design as ever, which indeed has been a source of excitement since I first found it in a child's book of Leonardo's art many years earlier still, where the drawing was printed in the small volume I looked at practically before I could read. And the sculpture itself is a solid presence that continues to fill its space admirably, I believe, and one that I remain pleased with as it stares out at me, gaze unchanging, from under the shade of its formidable helmet.  
  
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Condottiere, Sarah Myers, detail in monochrome


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Condottiere, Sarah Myers
Close-up.  Sculpture in stoneware.

May 25, 2018

Head of a Woman in Conte & Charcoal - Art by Sarah Myers

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Head of a Woman, Sarah Myers
Conte, charcoal on toned paper

    Having finished this sketch this morning I thought I would post it here - the drawing of a face with luminous highlights pouring over rounded forehead and cheeks and leaving a spark in the iris of each eye, while outlining layers of curls and beaded ribbon above. The forward tilt of the head leaves the woman's neck in shadow; lower down the light falls very simply.
The hairstyle is a fantastical one inspired by the Italian painter Fra Filippo Lippi, but the portrait itself tends more toward the tradition of eighteenth century drawings and the mediums used are similar; conte in white, red and brown; charcoal, and toned paper of a light brown.


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Head of a Woman, detail.  Sarah Myers