Had a brilliant day today, with my good friend Julia, We started at Blackfriars, and walked over the bridge to the Tate, Modern, I took a few artistic photos of a sample that I have designed for Women’s weekly, so unfortunately I can’t show you pictures, it was quite a simple design, but detailed so I am very happy to have completed it.
We then went to deliver the sample – and were invited up to the office, the Blue Fin Building is lovely inside,We chatted with a couple of people who work at Women’s weekly, and then we went up to the roof garden to have a cup of coffee. It was a gorgeous day, and the view is spectacular! We then decided to go to the Royal Academy – via Green Park and lunch, we went to M&S and took far too long to decide what to eat!
We got the bus to Waterloo, and the tube to Green Park, I didn’t realise that you can walk straight up from the subway into the park! We found a lovely shady tree, ate lunch, chatted and I designed a new crochet flower block!
We then walked along to the Burlington House which is the home of the Royal Academy of Arts. I have been a ‘Friend of the RA for years, but don’t usually go into town that often to make best advantage of it.
So we saw this spectacular piece of art on the entrance stairs, we wondered how it was made, as it is a stone staircase, any hoo, we walked up, then got a bit confused about which gallery to go into, and ended up going via the lift, but an alternative route as it was out of order, it meant we were accompanied all around the back parts of the academy, where the public don’t usually see. we went through the magnificent library with really old books.
We looked around the only exhibition that was there which was Joseph Cornell – Wanderlust, an ironic title as he never travelled, it was an interesting show, but not something that appeals greatly to me – I could appreciate the skill involved in some of the pieces, and quite liked a couple of the collages, but overall it wasn’t really my ‘thing’! The stairs piece was much more interesting to me because of all the colour!
When we come out of the exhibition, we went to go down the stairs and we couldn’t – they were removing the artwork!! It was fascinating to see this happening, and how they were pulling and scraping off the tape, lots of people all at once, and when we came back from having a coffee in the friend’s rooms, it was completely gone. I could say something about the transitional nature of art, but it was just really interesting!
Really lovely relaxing day out, a bit ‘ladies who lunch’, with a great friend, lots of chatting, coffee, and a little bit of crochet!