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Y2D275 and sunshine resumes

Methinks the worst of the bad weather has gone, as sunshine was the order of the day today. Adelaide looks very pretty when it is sunny, especially when you see the dappled light on the columns of the Art Gallery mirroring the light on the beautiful gum trees outside. Of course I had to stop and draw it.


I went back to the gallery today to spent some time in the two temporary exhibitions that are currently being displayed: ‘Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces’ and ‘The World of Mortimer Menpes’. They were very well presented, with much to see, though I admit my preference is for the modernism of Dorrit Black’s work even though I am a printmaker at heart (sorry Mortimer!). I did amuse myself by reading the titles/descriptions and seeing how I inadvertently followed in the footsteps of artists, but to be honest, it doesn’t take much to amuse me…

Y2D247 and art day

I went to the local art gallery in Hamilton today. It’s quite compact but had several small exhibitions that were very interesting and diverse, including WWI items, a local artist and pre-Federation colonial art. The permanent collection on display currently includes local portraits, Japanese pottery and Italian glass, plus there were lots of little vistas to draw throughout the gallery.


Y2D239 and magazines

The good thing about moving countries is that you get a whole new set of magazines to investigate. I picked up an Art Guide in the local newsagent and have been flipping through. There are lots of interesting exhibitions on around the country. I could draw art from them individually but why do that when I can put all my favourite bits on one page?


Y2D224 and new old friends

I spent the morning going around the Geelong Art Gallery. I thought I had better take advantage of my free time while I’m still in the ranks of unemployed. It’s a compact gallery, with only a portion of its collection on display but still has three rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Best of all, it’s free to wander around. I spent a very pleasant couple of hours enjoying the displays and sketching/making notes on those that caught my eye. There were several paintings I haven’t seen before, by some very old friends, plus some new friends to keep my eye out for on future gallery visits.


Afterwards, I meandered over to the Metropolis gallery, to see the Michael  Leunig prints and the Landscape and Memory exhibition, with works by Sisca Verwoert and Victoria Howlett. There were several paintings by Sisca that I would love to have gone home with…if only my wallet allows.

Y2D208 and flat batteries

I’m writing this on Sunday morning (where I should be getting ready and going to breakfast) as I was just too pooped to do this last night. I left my cruise friends early (about 21:30) and came back to my room, had a bath and then fell asleep on the bed, laptop on and TV blaring.

Anyhow, yesterday I went to the Honolulu Museum of Art, a gallery established by Anna Rice Cooke as an institution to showcase and nurture artistic identity on the islands, it has a large and well represented collection. There are also several temporary exhibition (my favourite being the ‘Remaining Remnants’ in the textile gallery), and plenty of opportunities to sketch (“Yes, of course you can sketch in the museum”). All in all, a very easy and enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.


Now, I have a couple more days in Waikiki to go before I fly onto Melbourne and need to get my new life sorted out – let’s hope the batteries last until then. It’s raining at the moment, so that may curb my sightseeing inclinations and may encourage restful vacation…but not likely.

Y2D157 and do not adjust your screens

Today was spent at the British Museum. I wanted to see the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition before I left, plus it’s an easy place to meet my friend and do some sketching. As it was the first day of the Vikings, it was packed and the unexpected fire alarm did not help when letting people back in, but there were some fabulous items to peruse. On the other hand, the Germany Divided drawings and prints display was blissfully empty(ish) with many intriguing drawings and prints, such as a selection of George Baselitz’ inverted works in his distinctive expressive style. Both are definitely worth a visit if you are in and around Holborn.


Y2D152 and gallery days

I took time out from my busy schedule of slacking to go and see a few exhibitions in town today. First up was “Paul Klee: Making Visible” at the Tate Modern followed by the “Court and Craft” and “A Dialogue with Nature” at the Courtauld Gallery, where I did this spread.


I like Gainsborough’s drawings, he has a lovely way with pen and ink. Samuel Palmer’s drawings from the early 1800s are a mixed media delight. I’m so used to drawings of that period being one, maybe two media, but these look more like something John Piper produced. Fabulous.

Y2D103 and queues

I finally made it to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the “An American in London: Whistler and the Thames” on its penultimate day. As it was a lovely sunny day, I walked from East Dulwich to the gallery through the Park, only to have to queue, very orderly, for a quite a while to see the exhibition. Luckily the gallery is long and thin, so you can see the pictures as you slowly progress to the exhibition entrance, though the real gems are hidden away in the side rooms. Like this small painting by Jacob van Ruisdael “Landscape with Windmills, near Haarlem”. Apparently Constable liked it so much, he tried to do one too.


The  exhibition itself was very good, there were masses of prints of various types, which I love, plus several paintings, all created with a light touch. Would love to know how he manage such harmonious pastel colours.

Y2D51 and Elizabethans

Today I saw the Elizabeth I and Her People at the National Portrait Gallery, whilst I was waiting for a friend to finish work. It was very good, with many beautifully painted portraits and gorgeous personal objects to study. I really love the costumes from that period – not the style mind, but the intricate patterns and lush textures on the fabrics that they used. Simply beautiful.

Afterwards I went upstairs to sketch in the Tudor galleries to pass a little more time. I find the different ways people try to remember those who have died fascinating. And if you’re someone with money you can have all sort of objects created to immortalise that person. Death masks and effigies such as this one for Elizabeth of York being  examples, though this is an 1870s electrotype copy of the original.


Y2D47 and not a masterpiece

Today I went to see the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting at the V&A, which was very good though no sketching allow! Like most exhibitions, there was a bottleneck at the beginning and then the viewers settled into a more relaxed, less concentrated mode. Except at the end, where there was a particularly intricate scroll that required much examination. Afterwards, I spend a little time in the Chinese galleries, drawing various items including a scroll with these cranes.


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