31 January 2013: dear London, on working in the studio … day 22

Thursday is St Hilda’s East drawing day and I spent the day drawing from users and volunteers, with rather static results, I thought, but took copies to the studio this evening and started to compose a painting with over a dozen people in it  …. Have just turned tail and run for the hills (well, a Manet catalogue, which helpfully contained Degas as well,particularly useful for people sitting at tables) and will try to make sense of the four million possiblities created by so many figures – space, scale, tonal organisation, mood, narrative, connections, separations, lines of force, arranging heads, eyes, pattern etc etc and I (certainly) haven’t even started painting yet!

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