Dear Cleo 18 04 25

Dearest Cleo

I hope you had a good day at school today, I have finished painting the bathroom and so I am able to devote more time to my correspondence.

Now that I understand what an artist book is all that I needed to do was to choose a theme that was relative to something which elapses over time. Having researched Revelations, in connection with Durer’s Apocalypse book, and remembering our trip to the zoo, I decided that a suitable subject would be a Bestiary of the Apocalypse.

So far, so good, but when I started out I realised that the bloke who has paintings on racehorse trainer’s and jockey’s walls had forgotten how to draw a horse. That was thirty years ago, I didn’t draw a horse since, I could hardly believe I could no longer draw a horse and worse still there are no horses hereabouts to draw from life. I have referenced the books I studied on animal anatomy and movement in the PS below but the study was pretty intense and I have decided to document the re-learning process here.

Figure 1 ( 5.2.3.1) Horses, but not how I remember them, graphite and ink on A3 Cartridge

Figure 2 ( 5.2.3.2) Stiff legged ungainly horses, graphite and ink on A4 Cartridge

Amazon delivered the first of several horse anatomy books.

Figure 3 ( 5.2.3.3) Slow static horses proportions improving, graphite and ink on A4 Cartridge

Figure 4 ( 5.2.3.4) Horse with pantomime leg arrangement, graphite and ink on A4 Cartridge

Figure 5 ( 5.2.3.5) More pantomime horses with a disinterested Freya the cat, graphite and ink on A4 Cartridge

Amazon delivered three horse anatomy books

Figure 6 (5.2.3.6) Several horse anatomy books later, graphite and ink on A4 Cartridge

Amazon delivered the 1/72 scale Napoleonic cavalry so at least I had some reference for the three dimensionality of a horse

Figure 7 ( 5.2.3.7) Horses with important sums, graphite on A3 Cartridge

This was about the end of the first weeks study so I will break here and continue tomorrow, you sleep tight and I am looking forward to seeing you at the weekend.

My love as always

Mickos xx

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