Monday, September 28, 2009

Upon finding out that Jack had sold their cow for a few beans, Jack's mother screamed in dismay........there was nothing left of their family fortune and she wouldn't be able to have her usual botox injections!!!! She was inconsolable!

This is the second picture of 5 I am doing for 'Jack and the Beanstalk', In this version they are a family of loafers who have squandered their family's money until they have nothing left. Then Jack finds his cash cow up in the beanstalk..... money without the work as he steals from the Giant.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Munch: Print exhibition National Gallery, Dublin

Today I went along to the National Gallery in Merrion Square, Dublin to see the exhibition of prints done by the Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. It is on until December and I thought was well worth the visit. the ubiquitous 'The Scream' (lithograph)was there with it's lines vibrating!! Also 'Death and the Woman'(1895) and 'The sick child' (1896)( both lithographs) along with portraits of the poet, Stéphane Mallarmé, Swedish playwright, August Strindberg, and the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. My favourite print was his self portrait

Monday, September 7, 2009

copy of David Hockney's Used Chair 1988

a copy of a Used chair by David Hockney done in pencil on graph paper

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mondavio with grey skies

view from my room

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Piazza Del Popolo, Ascoli Piceno

Piazza Del Popolo from Anisetta Meletti


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Anisetta Meletti, Piazza del popolo

I'm back from Le Marche. Had a lovely trip despite having a real problem with my neck and shoulder (apparently I had whiplash years ago, according to the chiropractor). The weather was, surprise, surprise, wonderful and I did an awful lot of driving from the airport in Bologna to Rimini then Fano, Ascoli Piceno, Mondavio and Gubbio. Ascoli piceno was a bit disappointing apart from the main square where I sat and had coffee and ice cream in the famous Anisetta Meletti where there was a really unfriendly waiter who I believe was probably in the wrong job!!
The hotel I stayed in was called Villa Guilia was a lovely country house hotel..... very romantic place with lovely rooms and good service. The pool was a great size and not busy.
Gubbio in Umbria was really pretty and I had yet another ice cream to calm my nerves after falling very inelegantly on the cobbled streets in front of a very large crowd of people who were celebrating something! At least I added a touch of entertainment to the event. (note to self: must remember to wear sensible shoes whilst walking around medieval cities!!!!
All in all.... food delicious, place beautiful, wish I lived there!! Dublin, well, was lashing with rain when I got back! winter has started!