Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Repeatedly romantic

With all this desperate romanticism going on, it's a joy to indulge in the products of all that steamy, decorative creativity. J W Waterhouse was a direct artistic descendant of the Pre-Raphaelites and his work is a delight of mythical stories, dreamy, diaphanous dresses and breathtaking texture and colour. The azure-turquoise in Circe Invidiosa has to be seen to be believed. Anyone who delights in pattern, textiles and beautiful boys and girls should hot foot it to the Royal Academy now.
On our way home from the Academy we were stopped on our tracks by this stunning Liberty wall, with one daughter begging that we go home immediately and wallpaper the outside of the house. Inside was a lovely little exhibition of Liberty prints including a Wendy House covered in Liberty fabric. We want one of those too.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Beach, Blake and Butterflies

Back from our sojourn in Norfolk refreshed and inspired. We enjoyed the Painted Lady phenomenon as the clouds of butterflies wafted over from Africa and the Continent are now breeding and multiplying. Also the charming swarms of ladybirds so prevalent this year.And the increasingly rare Sea Holly on the dunes - attracting both artists (me) and butterflies. We were whipped up by the excitement and frenetic activity of the RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton beach (sadly no prizes...).
Further inland we visited Holt and its inaugural arts festival, including meeting Sir Peter Blake at the Bircham Gallery and climbing aboard his groovy (I quote the hand-out) art bus.
And meeting some of the residents. Old Town is a charming and innovative shop tucked away in Bull Street, purveyors of British work clothes. And publishers of the very witty Evening Star.