I went into Queenscliff today for a bit of a mooch and to see the Ben Shearer exhibition at the Salt Gallery. It was quite quiet when I arrived…quiet for a sunny day and Mother’s Day at that…so plenty of spaces to park and walk around town. I nipped over to the cliffs, so I could get my lighthouse and jetty fixes for the day.
It was getting much busier by the time I left, being lunchtime it is probably not surprising.
Today is my last day in London, for the foreseeable future at least. Tomorrow I am on a plane to Milan, and other than an overnight stay next Tuesday, I won’t be back here any time soon. So what better way to spend my last day than with friends enjoying the V&A cafe in all its glory.
As I will be travelling for the next five weeks, my posts will be a little sporadic, so please bear with me until I get a more permanent base….and wifi.
We had a pub lunch today so I thought I would go for a little walk to work it off. You know, just to see what was down the other side of esteemed sibling’s apartment building. Well, little walk turned into a 12km ramble as I ended up by the beautiful Victorian Crossness Pumping Station at Belvedere. Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day with a pleasant breeze coming off the river, and a few sketching opportunities along the way, such as this container ship being loaded on the opposite bank of the Thames.
Esteemed sibling and I went into town today to meet our aunt for lunch at the National Gallery. We took the boat in to Embankment, which is a lovely way to travel into London when it’s sunny – the Thames looks all sparkly and everyone seem that little bit happier. After lunch, Aunt and I had a mooch around the gallery, seeing new aquisitions and trying to figure out what some artists wanted to say. Then on the way back to the apartment, I walked along the Thames path (not all the way from London) in the twilight, just enjoying the evening air.
So today the removalists came to pack up everything I want to ship back to the home country. Which is essentially books, books, paintings, oh yeah, more books. I feel for the packers, they certainly had their work cut out for them, but at least it was dry and not too cold. I am exhausted though, I has been a long day…they were here for over nine hours, so I think they are much more worse for wear than me! I did manage a few minutes in the afternoon to sketch the neighbouring terrace’s roof tops though.
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.
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.
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