Had the pleasure of viewing dozens of original Picasso prints at Gloss Gallery, Exeter last evening. To my surprise and delight, I had not only not seen these works before, but they were priced at a level that I could afford (in instalments, that is). I didn’t buy, but I had mentally narrowed it down to one particular print for £950. It was a beautiful colour line drawing of a female life model and an artist- both had faces which implied they were wearing masks. It was wonderful. Temptation to buy was strong, but I know I can’t afford it yet. Heck, I just about fainted to see my Federation of Small Businesses renewal come out of my bank account, so I think I’m a way off buying a (however affordable) Picasso.
I was accompanied by my best buddy, Pete, and after reintroducing myself to Lucinda (head honcho at Gloss, whom I’d gone to see in mid-2013), Pete and I wished her success with the sales and headed off for tapas. It was a good evening and an inspiring one to boot. I’ll be putting a lot more of my own drawings online in response to what I saw there. I am also going to make more time for drawing for the sake of drawing because too often I find myself in the mindset that “I must paint” and in reality I need to shift that mantra to “I must create” and who cares the medium.