art is cheap

or in other words my way of ‘doing’ art on the cheap and pack it in to get vfm from a day trip to London.!!!

newsflash:   Bit of a hiccup with exhibition delay in opening at Southampton Art Gallery….but I think the boxes should be on display now……

 boxes

boxes

please see  http://www.cakesouthampton.wix.com/2015/ for details of this and other events taking place around the city this month to celebrate International Women’s Day (free)

Monday…..my day ended with my private view of the Marlene  Dumas exhibition at the Tate and the photography exhibition on conflict based on slaughter house five ( I got in cheap!)  Truely fantastic.   I love what she does and what she says.  Real narrative to her work.  Love the way she uses found images and  the way she talks about her work…. it is all captioned in her own words..no arty bollo*ks here just real speak.  I have a ticket for her talk in April. (cheap) Can’t wait. Including some images twice on purpose..ok it’s my blog!

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Image result for marlene dumasImage result for marlene dumasImage result for marlene dumas the day started off well….past the ‘totally over priced i’m not paying 25 quid to go up that even though i want to Shard’

Image result for the shard and on into my heavily discounted admission (national trust/student card) to the old operating theatre…lots of source material here… am continuing with my body narrative… listened to really fascinating lecture on the ‘birth’ of the surgeon(free). Learned lots. Very glad morphine readily available when I had my op on my back!

 

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some great images that I will purloin, love the chatelaine…..every woman should still have one!

Swift walk (free!) down the Thames to the Courtald at Somerset House

I went to see the the newly finished Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery which showcases the incredible breadth of the Courtauld’s collection and it truly was amazing!  This was my favourite and I couldn’t stop looking at it.  I even tried to draw it until this woman came up to me and stood so close and hrumphed and tried to get in front of me that I had to leave..obviously she didn’t appreciate an artist in the making…did Reuben’s have this problem? Ok ok he’s probably a bit better then me……and well it is a public art gallery and  I did get in free..(thank you student card!) It reminded me that I haven’t drawn in a gallery for ages, just been note  taking on the last few visits and I need to get back into the groove.  Hoping to visit the Walker and Williamson next week in Liverpool so watch this space. (also free!)

Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, London
15 January – 29 March 2015

And of course you can’t go to the Courtauld with out pouring over their permanent collection here’s some edited highlights

 

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The Gauguin never fails to amaze me with its light. I am not a painter and would love to know how he did it! Answers on a postcard please!! (One of his paintings has just sold for a cool 3 million..wow!) I do have some more pictures on my lovely new phone but I can work out how to get them off said phone on to my site..one day I will understand Bluetooth but not yet! (Actually probably never) I need a teenager! Hurry up M!

This is not from anywhere I saw but the church under the old operating theatre had some picassoesque images on cushions which were great and I saw this and it reminded me of them even though its homage a Matisse so  I am sorry an unknown artist who came up when I was researching Kees Van Dongen but I cant find you anywhere now!!! Image result for kees van dongen portraits at the courtauld

Everonward I went – and back up past St Pauls and over the Wobbly Bridge then to Dumas and the Conflict Exhibition…severe sciatica and my pereneous longus is killing me (very free!) but it was worth it!!!

PS I nearly finished Strangeland on the train..(Amazon 1p)

PS….and finally on Friday to the Coastguard Studio in Southsea (free private view )…going to actually meet my dog sighs…watch this space!

PPS can I just say Nokia 725 with a free fit bit! Whoopee!

PPPS I will email you Sarah!

Louise made me do it

Louise made me do it

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