All the objects in the Still Life carry nostalgia for me. They are all old, acquired on a trip with my husband to Romania, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in the late 1960’s. They have particularly strong associations as we were in Bratislava when the Russians invaded.
The hand-painted plate and cup and saucer were seconds given to us by some Romanian peasants. The jug was also a gift and the pot was purchased. These objects have been in my kitchen (which seems to be the centre of the household) for nearly 40 years now so they are a reminder of the past.
I used black ink with a brush and reed pen and charcoal as I thought this combination could create a variety of tones and textures. The most difficult thing for me was the accurate rendering of the objects – I find circles and ellipses particularly challenging. However I was pleased that the mixed media produced an expressive drawing. I could see there was more to be done but have been told in the past by tutors that I tend to overwork pieces. As I was told it’s easy to ‘finish the drawing off’ .