Monthly Archives: July 2013

Travel to Amsterdam and Overdosing on Van Gogh

We’ve been offline for a few days. On Monday we lounged around London before catching an evening train to the Harwich ferry terminal. There we boarded our Stena Line  overnight ferry to The Netherlands. It was a long and tiring … Continue reading

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V&A and The National Gallery

Yesterday we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. Unlike 2011, this time we saw a bit more than paintings. However, the Turner and Constable paintings took a great deal of time. Of particular interest are the 90 Constable “sketches” that … Continue reading

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Reinterpreting Cardinal de Retz

Yesterday I painted a watercolor interpretation of Jacob Ferdinand Voet’s Cardinal de Retz from memory and my pencil sketch. In my image he is a younger man, but still dour.

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Ten Days In London

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Today is a day of rest and catching up and making art.  It’s been a whirlwind since we got here and the time has flown by.  If you’re following the blog, Paul has been posting every day, so you know … Continue reading

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Gainstable, Consborough, Tea, and a Blue Cock

I’ll bet that title got your attention! There is so much going on it is easy to become confused. Today was another day at The National Gallery. Our aim was to spend the day sketching in the galleries and we … Continue reading

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London News

Of course for many people the big news in London this week is the birth of the royal heir. The media talk about it much more than the people on the street, but it is big news. This birth is … Continue reading

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The National Gallery

Yesterday was a long day at the National Gallery. Half the day was spent in a special show of Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure. This show features Vermeer and other Dutch artists’ depictions of music in … Continue reading

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A Day At the Park

Today we decided to lie in as the Brits say and then take a leisurely afternoon in nearby Kensington Gardens to sketch. On the way to the park we discovered an art show on Bayswater Road. This little known Sunday … Continue reading

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The Tate Britain – JMW Turner and William Blake

We spent the day at The Tate Britain. Having visited there two years ago we anticipated seeing some of our favorite paintings once more. Unfortunately, in many instances we were disappointed. Such is the nature of art curation. The museum’s … Continue reading

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A Day Well Spent

Today we used the second day of our bus tour to take a long boat tour from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames. After our long traffic-delayed experience yesterday we were leery of the outcome of this decision. However, we … Continue reading

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