Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
and the first drop off was the National Gallery
It was impossible to get close to the Ambassadors, seemed to be a number of guided tours in Spanish today, but that's OK, I can always look another day. I did however have a chance to look at Corbets Still Life, Apples with a pomegranate in detail. It was an example I often used with my year 9 students when we looked at Still Life painting, and usually I trawled a friend's Orchard for fallen apples as our source. Must admit, the apples became rather brown and manky... so were ideal for drawing and painting. I suspect Corbets may well have been close to the same level of decay!
I spent so long enjoying the performance, that there was no chance to get to the Portrait Gallery it was time for the coach to pick us up again and take us to Tate Britain for the Afternoon.
and an amazing interactive display. I had hope the bookshop would have some reference material/booklet for it, but alas no, so I was pleased to find this online. A truly informative and must see Exhibition. Going back to his dedicated Gallery rooms and seeing his large canvases was even more enjoyable after the colour and line.
So for all you window addicts out there here is a photo collage for you
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Interestingly Penny had not seen an embellisher machine before, and as Gill had bought hers along for Sue to borrow, we set them up on the dining room table so Penny could have a play. We had great fun too. John had videoed a lot of our chatter and a lot of the meeting on his camera, I still need to edit it, as it is too large a file for blogger. But here is a short video taster of Penny using the embellisher machine for the first time. This is on my little camera... so am very sorry there is no sound.
Regrettably, Sue then had to go home to her family, and Penny, me ,and our husbands went out for a meal together at a local hostelry. It was a wonderful evening which bought a great day to a fitting conclusion. I hope we can meet up again one day.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
We travelled by coach, on a trip organised by the Marlbrough branch of the EG. The highlight of the trip was to be able to go into the textile storage area of the museum and see their wonderful collection. We were given permission to photograph as well... wonderful. these pockets were on display last year at the Bath costume museum -find out why Lucy Lockett lost her pocket.
There is also a great collection of love spoons.
(click on the photo to enlarge, an interesting read)
In the vast grounds of the Museum, they have restored a medieval Roman Catholic Church and are in the process of painting the murals. so colourful.
I walked all round the site and noticed how much my feet were aching, when it was time to catch the coach home. It did not seem long before we were leaving Wales and crossing the Severn Bridge again into England.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Earlier this month I enrolled on a screen printing course with Dawn Dupree at Cirencester Workshops and when I told my cyber mates.. they enrolled too. Fantastic. So had to do a bit of preparation for ideas for images to use. I went back to my Steam sketchbook for ideas, and feel all enthusiastic again. The Exhibition is in February 2009, so it seemed a good idea to work on ideas to develop the images further.
We had a fantastic day and my cyber pals Gill and Paulene produced some wonderful work, so inspiring to be able to work with others.
We were working in a workshop which was situated up in the eaves and the washing line was excellent for drying.
This is one of my pieces.