Our first full day in London we decided to go to The Courtauld Gallery.
This is a must on our London list, as it should be for any art lover. Today’s visit featured two special exhibits as well as many rooms filled with treasures from their collection. One special exhibit involved pencil and chalk drawings by Johnathan Richardson. In his final decades this artist drew countless self portraits and a few portraits of his son. These drawings are exquisite and explore the different moods available in a single subject.
The second special exhibit was of unfinished works. It is always interesting to see art work in process and get a sense of how the artist developed his paintings. Here are few examples from that exhibit.
Okay, Manet’s A Bar at the Follies-Bergere is not unfinished, but I couldn’t resist. This is among the top 3 of my favorite paintings. Manet plays with perspective and reality, but manages to make it believable at the same time. I could spend hours looking at it. This painting is an education.
After leaving The Courtauld we walked through the embankment parks along the Thames. People, buskers, flowers, birds, and other sights fed our senses.
Finally it was home and a dinner salad. Now that I’ve completed my post it’s time to practice ukulele and perhaps do some drawing or painting.
After a delay over Ohio due to something happening at Dulles we made it to DC with just enough time to walk a mile between gates and board a half empty London bound flight. We arrived this morning tired, sore, and hungry. An afternoon nap, out to dinner, and now ukulele practice.
In these pics you see our entire studio. It’s cosy. I’m practicing in the kitchen area and Jean is listening from the bed across the room.
Ukulele in the "kitchen"
Jean listening to the ukulele
Now to bed, per chance to dream…
We are through security and have a 3 hour wait for our flight…fast check in.
London tomorrow morning…local time.
We are about to embark on another artistic painting and photography trip. The advance art bag is already in France, we have oriented our friends who will be staying in our house, and have our luggage ready to go. However, we had one last excursion before heading to London.
This weekend friends Ben Wills and Tessa Goldston were married. We couldn’t miss that so we drove to Portland for the wedding, celebrated mightily with them, and their friends and family.
Today we are back home making last minute nips and tucks in the packing to prepare for Europe 2015. For those who have followed our previous trips you will find the itinerary familiar. We seem to have found some places we dearly love to photograph and paint and return to them. We will begin in London, visit Paris, and then return to Atelier de la Rose for an art residency to really get ourselves into painting. We’ve rented a house in Provence for September, and another in Collioure for October. I intend to post photos and comments about the places we visit and our art work along the way. We would love to have you follow our adventures.
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We arrived back home this afternoon. There were no further posts on the camping trip because I couldn’t get a connection. The first day must have been perfect atmospherics for cell phone waves or something. After that I got no signal.
The rally was great fun. About 100 people, 45 trailers, and 50 dogs. We had six guitars, an autoharp, a dulcimer, two ukeleles, harmonicas, three percussion boxes, a washboard/percussion instrument, a clog dancer, and lots of singers for our musical evenings. In addition to music the Saturday talent show featured poetry reading, karate demonstration, dog tricks, painting, jokes, and much more! It proved to be a fantastic time.
Here are a couple photos of the beautiful plants in this park. They attracted my attention as objects to paint. The park manager was the groundskeeper at Point Defiance Park for many years and has brought his talents to Taidnapam Park to add some domesticated beauty to this wilderness.
Picasso is in the woods at Taidnapam Park between Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.
Music, conversation, and art all weekend!
We returned to Seattle Saturday…four hours in the Lihue airport due to delayed flight…at 10:30 pm at the beginning of a big wind and rain storm. We had a great time with friemds Norman and Janet. One last photo of a Kauai rooster.
Yesterday I went to my first ukelele jam session!
Today we ventured north again. Our first stop was the Kilauea Wildlife Refuge. In residence today were humpback whales (far away), red footed boobies (far away), Nene, Albatross, and flowers.
After that we returned to Hanalei for smoothies, beaches, and art galleries. A great day.
We spent yesterday afternoon in old town Koloa…some nice art, tasty nuts, smoothies, gelato, and the Kamoa Ukelele store. Dinner was at the Gaylord’s Kilohana, an old sugar cane plantation. We dined on the patio and watched the sun set over the mountains.
Yesterday afternoon we took a dinner cruise along the Napali Coast. Great food, humpback whales, porpoises, booby birds, and albatross framed beautiful views of this rugged coastline while we swayed in 10 foot seas. That’s why the horizon is askew in some photos.
A great day. I slept for 10 hours!