Monday, 16 August 2010

Flowers, friends & forgeries

Look at me!
On Saturday, I had a wonderful day in London. First stop was the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Awards, well after a breakie stop in one of my favourite cafés, Café in the Crypt, which is below St Martins in the Field church. Although dark, the café is wonderfully atmospheric, although I must confess I hate walking on the gravestones. At the exhibition, I discovered there seems to be a trend for producing a portrait that looks like a photo, whilst I appreciate the technical brilliance I can't really see the point. The winner's portrait was painted in a style reminiscent of Lucian Freud, but I found the subject matter rather grim,her dead mother. Overall, I liked the entries this year.
One of the gravestones underfoot. Café in the Crypt
Next door in the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing I went and saw the exhibition Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries, which was interesting with x-rays of the paintings showing where/how they had been altered and paint samples proving they were fakes all next to the paintings. Moving into the main gallery, I had a quick stop by the Turners and saw an amazing Stubbs.

The reason for the trip was to go to a mini-reunion with some old-friends from art college. The 4 of us last met 25 years ago... I feel so old! We had a fabulous, albeit slight boozy afternoon, both catching up and talking about our distant past. It took place in a pub near Baker Street, so I headed over early and wandered into Regent's Park beforehand. I am totally flower obsessed this summer, so took lots of photos despite the showery day. 
Clarence Bridge 
 Finally, one last picture from the park:
Feeding geese under crazy umbrella


LindyLouMac said...

It certainly sounds like you are making the most of your time in the UK. Do you know yet how long you are there for?

travelingsuep said...

Hi LindyLou. I am supposed to start work in Doha 19th Sept, the flight's not booked yet, but I guess I'll go a couple of days before.
Thanks for stopping by.

LindyLouMac said...

I guess that is great news if I recall correctly. Good Luck with your next adventure.

omar said...

hey Sue!
It is nice to see you having a nice time in the UK.
Doha will be nice! another place to explore!