Friday, January 25, 2013

Freezin in......

not exactly an artist's garret but my room is certainly on the cool side at the moment which is a nuisance as ideas have been buzzing.  I have been making pages, using my own photographs. There is a Ro Bruhn type book in my head but the fabric pages are coming on much more slowly.
The indefatigable Seth Apter has just published a list of blogs called The Art Blog Directory.
I am honoured and a little scared to have been included.  So if you have a couple of minutes, hours, days to spend, follow the link and enjoy.
I have also just signed up for a continuation off the Magic Diaries with Jude Hill.  Watching Jude work  and listening to her thoughts have become an important part of my life.  I am working on another large piece called (for the moment ) "Earth" but something in me doesn't want to share it just yet.My "Space" cloth is a comfort in this weather.
Hoping the weather doesn't keep us away from the first Embroiderer's Guild of the year tomorrow.

Friday, January 18, 2013

First one.....

off the list.  Enjoyed the film Quartet. Perfect entertainment for a chilly afternoon. I have to thank Margaret Cooter for her post about sketching at the National Gallery. Here. I thought "Oh I could never do that, attempt to draw in public" . I love the National Gallery site so I followed the link and before I knew it I had produced this..
Original Gainsborough here.

I as thrilled because I didn't know I could do this.  I was so thrilled a couple of days later I tried again.
 Original Bellini here

The site is wonderful because you can zoom right in to the paintings, nearer than you can get in the gallery in a way. I don't think I am going to be the next Grandma Moses butI must keep trying, who knows, I might pluck up courage to do it in public.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Just found....

another exhibition to add to The List.  "Fate, Hope and Charity" at the Foundling Museum.Thanks to Hens Teeth.

Apparently the UK team won the Ice Sculpting competition but I can find a picture of the actual finished piece.but lots of photos here

Snow has just arrived. Guess who has tickets booked for cinema and theatre this week. Amazing how it times itself to Monday morning.

This is a cold sort of thing I did some time ago,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Not as planned......

My friend was still unwell so I set off for the Tate on my own.  It was one of those lovely soft grey days in London so I enjoyed the walk down Whitehall and along the river. Past Westminster Abbey

and seeing the less famous side of the Houses of Parliament.
but when I arrived at the Tate I found they were booking tickets for 3pm in the afternoon.  Ah!! A 4 hour wait. Moral don't leave exhibitions until the day before they close.
On the train  I had read that there was an Ice Festival at Canary Wharf this weekend. I can see Canary Wharf from my bedroom window but I have never been there so that seemed like a good idea.
Wow.  Only the taxis tell you this is London.
The festival had only just started and the contestants were getting to grips with huge blocks of ice. There were saws
strange wooden blocks

and lots of chain saws
It was fascinating. I took loads of photos so that I can check what the blocks turned into.
There was a very elegant pair of street performers.

 I returned my usual stamping grounds of central London, a quick visit to the London Graphic Centre and Cass Art and then home with a new label maker and a clutch of sketch pads. I will have to try and do better with the rest of the things on my list but although it was not what I planned it was an interesting day. 

Two photos to play with. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Getting started...

These are a few of the samples I have made from the Creative Jump Start

It am enjoying being prompted to try things and these are a couple of pages from my "journal" (mess about book)

The List

I was going to London today in a last dash to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Tate Britain but my friend is not too well so we are going to try for tomorrow instead. Because I so often leave exhibitions until the last day or miss them altogether, this year,  I have made a list of things I would like to see.  Here it is.

Pre Raphaelites ENDS January 13  Tate
Anthony Gormley ends 10 February White Cube, Bermondsey
Ice Age Art  opens 7th February British Museum
Rain room Barbican until 13th March Barbican
Pompeii opens 28th March British Museum
Bowie March 23-July 28  V&A
Vermeer & Music June 26- Sept 8 National Gallery
Australia  Sep 21 –Dec 8 RA
Treasures of Royal Courts March 9-July 14  V&A
Manet 26 Jan to April 14 RA
Paul Klee = Tate Oct 15 Tate
Colombian Gold Sept 12 British Museum
Lowry June 25- Oct 20 Tate
Summer Exhibition RA
Fate hope and Charity 26th Jan - 17th May The Foundling Museum

On Going

It would appear there is a Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia March 14/17.

Les Miserables.

An of course

Not a resolution you understand, more a wish list.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy New Year

This was taken from the television. The end of the wonderful year for London and hopefully the start of a good one for all of us.
Last night I went to see "Merrily We Roll Along" at the Menier, a Christmas treat. I was a little disappointed in some aspects,  I have magical memories of a production long ago but loved listening to some of my favourite Sondheim melodies.
I arrived in London with time to spare so I took a little walk , I usually only see London at night as I leave on the train so this was a treat. Some place you might recognise.

An unusual view of Southwark Cathedral, the bells were ringing which made it even more special.

Christmas decorations still around
(The lights were not blue by the way). Even HMS Belfast looked festive.  How do you decorate a battleship?

I don't do Resolutions... no will power but I have signed up to Nathalie Kalbach's  Creative Jump Start, so we will see how long the will lasts.