One of my favourite places to takes my students to draw is the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Street, Cambridge. It has wonderful plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture so it is a bit like life drawing only the models stay still.
Over time many of the casts have lost arms and legs and other parts of their bodies but they tend to be of ideal proportions in heroic poses. It makes the figures interesting to draw and there are not a great deal of visitors being one of the lesser known Cambridge Museums.
Our experience was made even better as local artist, Loukas Morley, was exhibiting among the casts. What he had done was magical, placing various items amongst the figures creating a series of installations which enriched the experience of contemplating the stillness of the time and place.
His exhibition is called 'The Stillness of Time' and runs until 6 September I thoroughly recommend visiting and if you are inclined, sketching the exhibits.
I am delighted to say that the wonderful independent gallery,Byard Art, has invited me to exhibit in this Cambridge exhibition.
I have five paintings there until 30 June along with some other local artists. If you love the city come and have a look at what is on offer.
The painting pictured is titled 'Cambridge Tree of Books'. It is the books that I think of when I imagine the University. They are housed in some of the most beautiful buildings in the colleges. Shown here, from left to right, are Pembroke Library, University library, Wren Library, St John's Library, Trinity Hall Library and Pepy's Library.
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