Friday, 10 November 2017

Bows and frills

The new Tate exhibition Impressionists in London isn't all that interesting... a bit too much about quite an obscure subject (French artists in exile between 1870 to 1904). But the final room of Monet's Thames series is wonderful. And Tissot's paintings have some fabulous fabrics. Apparently he was the son of a fabric merchant so had a very sharp eye.
The ribbons, bows and frills of his high society paintings are breathtaking - to think that women really dressed like this. The fabric in portraits of men, too, is pretty stunning - whether framing the languid - or jaded - partygoer or the dazed wounded soldier.
Hush! James Tissot/1875
Captain Frederick Burnaby: Late at the Ball

The Wounded Soldier/James Tisson c. 1870

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A bedroom

A fabulous bedroom on display in a shop window in Mayfair. It's so very 50s - and the brilliant use of fabric creates an atmosphere. I used to have a dressing table like this in my bedroom as a child. In fact still have one sans the drapes. But this bedroom isn't a peaceful haven - it's deliberately created to disconcert (more on the designers' website) - the cigarette, the pills, the underwear, the kicked off shoes and overturned chair.... I still love the dressing table, though. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

St Michael's Way: Lelant to Marazion across country

An odd overcast and damp walk - the first part very crowded with dog walkers (and dog fouled paths!)
 .... and some sections are poorly signposted as you head to Trencom Hill and beyond.
The first glimpse of the Mount (once thought by ancient pilgrims to house the Holy Grail) is a highlight - and it's exhilarating to see it getting closer as you walk
Starting at St Uny Church, Lelant, down the coast to Carbis Bay - then up to Knill's Monument and directly across the peninsular to Marazion. One of the pictures of the Mount in the distance is out of sequence, but I can't work out how to change it.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Watercolours: Andalucia 2017

At Stansted

Man on mobile phone

Monday, 12 June 2017

Painting at St Hilary

A visit last Saturday in drenching rain to St Hilary Church.
Stunning art - commissioned by maverick vicar Bernard Walke. He was married to Annie Walke, a distinguished painter, and the couple were friends with leading Newlyn School artists of the day - who contributed work to the church.  Love the Madonna's red shoes in Annie Walke's painting. And Proctor's huge crucifix with a white-robed figure open-armed is also impressive (though I can't find a picture - below it's tiny, overhanging the choir).  It's repeated on two smaller crucifixes in the chancel.
Altarpiece by Ernest Proctor
Joan of Arc by Annie Walke

Virgin with red shoes by Annie Walke

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wasting time changes the nature of time - that's the point

'Wasting time changes the nature of time - that's the point. And the heart is still."
A character in Rose Tremain's novel The Gustav Sonata - an old military man who plays gin rummy with his wife every evening for years then is lost after she dies and has no one to play with.
Such an interesting thought.
That time and the heart can be stilled. The widower's heart was never still thereafter.
The novel is set in Switzerland.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

More urban sketching from Madrid

Enough photos to make a gallery of Urban Sketching in Madrid earlier this month: a great weekend and learned loads, thanks to tutor Richard Carrasco.

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy