TATE MODERN: Permanent collection
I like the curved shapes of Picasso's "Nude woman in red armchair" made a quick sketch here on right..
I like the curved shapes of Picasso’s “Nude woman in red armchair” so I made a quick sketch here on the right..without the armchair! haha! Now it is “Nude woman, floating”! Tate modern is so big and crowded but there are a few gems there, like Picassos!! Left, my sketch of his head of woman.
Sketch of “Nude, green leaves and bust”
Why did i draw this? I don't know. I loved the paintings so wanted to draw a quick version for myself...I'm quite happy with the Matisse "Greta Moll" on the left, but the right Picasso "Crying woman" one has far too much detail I think, but it was hard to stop drawing it, its such a captivating painting that I just kept going and going!
Why did i draw these? I don’t know. I loved the paintings so wanted to draw a quick version for myself…I have a terrible memory and have realized if I don’t draw things down, I forget…I’m quite happy with my take on Matisse’s “Greta Moll” on the left and this super quick version of Picasso’s “Crying woman” on the right because I like that there is some empty space left for them to breathe in
MUSEE MARMOTTAN; Trip to Paris nr2
There we went to the remaining Monet museum that didn’t see last time we were in Paris a few months ago
It was completeley different from Musee d’Orsay..the paintings weren’t as gigantic, but they were still absoluteley lovely. Loved the variation of the works by Monet there…and I will never get enough of the waterlilies aparently! There were some super abstract ones there that were amazing, its so different standing up close to them or seeing them from afar…here my sketches of them
Some green-blue calm waterlilies and upstairs there was explosive Paul Gauguin, loved his bouquet de fleurs, the colours! Also there was the famous l’impression painting that started it all. My sketches left, real print by Monet on shopping bag right
My exhibition book under work, quick sketch of a swan chair in the Napoleon’s sisters exhibtion that was also going on at the museum..some interesting objects and paintings there also..but I just could not focus on that knowing that downstairs was full of Monets!
MILES ALDRIDGE; I only want you to love me, Somerset House
...Is that too much too ask for? Hehe! Postcard from exhibition left, my sketch of a photograph by Miles, right
…Is that too much too ask for? Hehe! Postcard from exhibition left, my sketch of a photograph by Miles, right
Drinking and baking! Perfect! Some of my sketches from Miles’ pictures! Loved the colours and the girls!
L.S. LOWRY, Tate Britain
My people rushing around a la Lowry style

I found out about L.S. Lowry from watching one of my faveourite shows, Antiques Roadshow, and was delighted that the Tate Britain had a show of his work in the summer. I like his paintings, especially the people! However the colours are very muted and overall grey-ish, but then again it was the industrial age he was painting, so thats exactly the right mood!

GIVERNY; PAUL SIGNAC, Musee des Impressionnismes
Managed to tear myself away from the gardens and flowers long enough to go see Paul’s exhibition while we were in Giverny..and I really liked it! Here some of my sketches of his paintings
Loved the composition, reflections in the water and some of the bright orangey yellow colours. To be honest I didn’t know too much about him before, but I really like how he paints trees
GIVERNY: House&Gardens of Claude Monet
Watercolour flowery Giverny

Giverny, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, flowers everywhere!! Must be a million irises there, in all colours, not to mention red poppies all over and all other amazing flowers! No wonder Monet moved there and did such amazing paintings. I want to move there too.. πŸ™‚

Right; My watery watercolour sketch plus a dried yellow flower from Monet’s garden (I rescued it from a cart full of pulled up weeds) Left; Postcard of Claude Monet in his garden, maybe his wife in the background? 1908. The garden looked the same!!
My sketches&watercolour plus entrance tickets

The garden was beautiful! And looked just like his paintings!! Took a million photographs there and did some sketches of them in oil pastel and watercolour. A really magical peaceful place. Also here, entrance tickets showing interior of Monet’s house. No photographs were allowed inside which is understandable, but he had a beautiful house with plants growing up along the walls outside and inside wonderful colours, like the kitchen was yellow and blue throughout! Beautiful tiles by the stove.

Top: my watercolours of Monet’s garden plus down: flowerbed in Hotel Baudy….full of peonies!!
Went to the gigantic Louvre, here are some sketches…
Mona Lisa minus smile..Poor her there was chaos in that room, full of people taking a thousand photographs of her, I could barely see the top of her head…Imagine sitting there everyday in that..mama mia!
My sketches of La grande odalisque by Ingres a la red-hair, a surprising Monet of a landscape with ice&snow and a cloudy Sisley
The second museum we went to in Paris was l’Orangerie, ja’dore!! HUGE Monet paintings surrounded the walls…
I’ve read about the HUGE Monet paintings covering the walls of l’Orangerie…that Monet made them especially for that place for them to be an oasis of peace and beauty, so there I definatly wanted to go! And they were even more amazing than I could have imagined!!!Super lovely place.
Here’s my small oilpastel sketch inspired by the amazing waterliliy paintings by Monet.. but nothing beats the real thing, they are masterpieces! And I love that he painted them in winter, summer, autumn, spring, in the morning, in the daytime, in the evening, at sunrise, at sunset, whenever. How different they look in different times of the day…so so so interesting!!
I love Matisse! The colours, patterns&composition&people! There were a few of his paintings downstairs, here are 2 of my quick sketches of them
Trip to Paris in May, First visit: Musee d’Orsay… Some of my quick sketches here
My sketch of Vincent’s painting Church at Auvers
My sketches from Musee d’Orsay

The Courtauld Gallery, The permanent collection



Entry ticket on left & on right; my sketch of Vincent’s painting when he has a bandaged ear


My sketches of paintings by Cezanne and Toulouse-Latrec

The Courtauld Gallery in London is such a great place, theres usually only a few people, so its super calm and the paintings there are lovely….lots of fauvistic ones which I love! Theres a few rooms on the highest floor just bursting with colour!!

MANET: Portraying Life, The Royal Academy of Arts

I went to the Manet exhibition on the last night it was in London at the last available slot, 10.30pm-12am in the night! πŸ™‚ Nothing like being last minute! But I loved it…these are some of my sketches from there…

Manet exhibition
Postcard from Manet exhibition left (painting of Berthe Morisot) & my sketch of Manets painting of Claude Monets family right.
Two ladies
Three sitting ladies

BECOMING PICASSO, The Courtauld Gallery


My sketches from the exhibition: Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901
Close up

VALENTINO: Master of Couture, Somerset House

Fabulous Valentino at Somerset house
Fabulous Valentino
I love this necklace! Lots of faces hanging off 8-)!
I love this necklace! Lots of faces hanging off 8-)!

TIM WALKER: Storyteller exhibition at Somerset House

Tim Walker is a grande storyteller
My sketches of photographs by Tim Walker
PICASSO prints: The Vollard Suite, The British Museum

I love exhibitions!! And go as much as I can to the ones that interest me most! I have since last year kept this exhibition book full of sketches inspired by the things I have seen there, my thoughts, postcards bought etc. Here I will post but a few extracts which I would love to share πŸ™‚

picasso prints

My sketch of one of Picasso’s etchings plus one of his on the right as a postcard

picasso prints2

YOKO ONO- To the light, The Serpentine Gallery

A wonderful exhibition, here some thoughts and sketches from there…
I loved Yoko’s cheeky video of Bottoms which really made me smile and The Wish Trees…write a wish on a paper and hang it up..it was beautiful, completeley covered in peoples wishes (including mine), breathtaking…escpecially swaying in the wind!

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