At Serpentine Sackler was the Etel Adnan show. I was about to settle on the floor, against the wall, when a helpful assistant offered me a stool - how nice! I had hoped to capture the colours each of these simple paintings - she often uses paint straight from the tube - but matching the colours from the 24 pencils in my Laurentian set proved quite complex, and I didn't even get to the end of the top row -
|Jo used her new brush pen on the ever-moving subject of water birds|
|Najlaa took inspirating from Adnan's artists books incorporating poetry|
At one point I discovered a brand-new set of aquarelle pencils among my shelves and boxes, but couldn't bear to start using the pristine beauties, so it was back to the Laurentians -
btw the Laurentian pencil crayons - made in Canada - were later called Laurentien, and discontinued in 2012/13. As well as the 24-crayon plastic pouch, which lived at the back of my desk drawer at work for years, I have a large set, currently inaccessible in my studio at the flat. I love their smooth waxiness and will be taking good care of them, so they outlast me. Might mention them in my will??