Friday, 12 June 2009

The Summer Show

Tuesday was a day of inspiration and possibilities. Firstly we visited John Purcell Paper between Brixton and Stockwell. An amazing warehouse where we were served by the delightful Will, got to feel lots of paper, ask endless questions about sizes, weights and deckles and took away a few samples to test. 
After that we went up to the Royal Academy to see the Summer Show. I think its real joy is the mad amount of stuff which just creates an energy and artistic wave that is too good to miss. Of course a lot of the time is spent in saying things like, "How did that get in?" and "How much?"
But there are lots of old familiars like Mary Fedden and Elizabeth Blackadder who are always worth seeing - and a rich mixture of new and old to reassure, surprise, annoy and delight. Should you think about going try the RA app for the iPhone - it has a tour and info about each picture including, importantly, the price. It costs £2.99, but is less than the List of Works at £3.95.
This piece by Prof William Alsop OBE RA called 'I wish my garden was really like this' reminded me of a rather lovely wire drawing Tansy did at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green a few months ago.
We then strolled down St James and across St James Park to Westminster Central Hall to see Portfolios, a Creative Review exhibition of photographers and illustrators (well their agents actually) which was passably interesting. We did, however, win five hours free photographic retouching from the rather delightfully named Stanley's Post in their lucky dip. Haven't decided what to retouch yet...