Thursday, 21 June 2018

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

There's an exhibition on at the moment called, 'A Celebration of Flowers.' It's a riot of colour. The first time I went to see it everyone was taking photos and I regretted not having my camera with me. This week I returned to Bath intent on taking many photos. (I didn't cycle, I took the park and ride!)
This street artist amuses me. I'd love to see how he packs up and travels home at the end of his day.
When I got to the gallery I was disappointed to see that they had put up large signs saying no photography allowed. I had so wanted to look into Candace Bahouth's exuberant mirrors and capture reflections of Kaffe Fassett's colourful quilts. I asked politely if I could just take a general photo of the room. Request granted.
Sadly it wasn't possible to  show the mirrors. I've divided my one image in an attempt to show the impact of the colour.

All the following images are from the museum leaflet.

Seed packet quilt.
Detail from 'The Opera of Roses.'
Then I came home to my own celebration.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Visible Monday - summer!

It's summer and the sun is shining, time to wear a light cotton dress. But hang on a minute, there's a strong wind blowing and it's a bit freaky out. I think I'll skulk in the greenhouse instead.  I bought this cotton shirtwaister with it's summery pattern of flowers from Zara last year. I grew up in the shirtwaister era and am happy to see a return to that style. In the '50's they were cut with very small waists and very big skirts, always worn with a petticoat underneath. Sadly this one hasn't got such a good cut but it is a comfy, easy style, with 3/4 sleeves and side pockets, so what's not to like. It is button through and doesn't have any waist at all, in fact, so is rather more like a duster coat. I'm wearing it with an old lambswool Boden cardi that I had rather tired of before I bought this dress. They fit together well. And yes, it's summer, but it's Blighty, folks, and a cardi never comes amiss.
Sharing with Patti who hosts Visible Monday.
The fabric is glazed cotton, crisp and cool.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Last week

We had a sociable time last week with a number of meals out. Amongst an evening celebration for friends' wedding anniversary and a lunch date catch-up we also attended the woodland funeral of the artist Neil Murison. Long time readers of my blogs may recall visits to his house and studio and his magical garden with it's lake in a sunken quarry.
In all seasons the garden provided inspiration for his paintings.

Neil and Himself had known each other for half a century,  they both taught at the art school.
A few years ago they shared a two-man exhibition in Bristol.

Neil was a sweet-natured man and will be much missed.

Sunday, 27 May 2018


The neighbours are always pleased when we take a holiday abroad because it invariably means that they enjoy glorious weather while we are away. Last week was no exception. We had gone for some much-needed vitamin D and we certainly got it. We did very little but swim and soak up the sun.

The holiday also seemed to involve a fair bit of eating.

Who can resist cherries to dip in the chocolate fountain?
Not me, anyway.

We also did a bit of Greek dancing,

(not all of it very Greek!)

and a lot of laughing.
The hotel gardens were lovely.

I watched the sun go down

With thanks to Sandie and Chris 
for making our holiday such fun.

We returned home on a damp, misty, murky evening which made us laugh, it was so English! Today there has been a heavy downpour and rolls of thunder.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The Art of the Circus

Yesterday we met friends in Bristol and went to the RWA to see the exhibition, Sequins and Sawdust. 

Our friend had a painting in the show.

There was a wonderful range of artwork to see, much under reduced lighting for means of conservation and not therefore possible to photograph.

The photos that I did take are wobbly because I was trying to avoid reflections in the glass. The paintings mostly displayed the 'sequin' aspect of the circus, the skills and showmanship. When it came to the photos of Peter Lavery - WOW. There were sequins, but  far more noticeable was the 'sawdust'.
His photos are taken with this enormous camera.

It's quite a show!