So, I've been a real
as my friend Dawn said
(she'd just been to see the new Muppet Movie
and felt our experiences might have been
Firstly, I went with my friend Louise to the new
Lucian Freud exhibition: Portraits
I enjoyed this exhibition.
It was arranged chronologically
and it was so interesting
to see how his style developed over the years,
from the 1940's through to his death last year.
He continually pushed himself creatively
and his artwork was becoming increasingly textured.
I particularly liked his earlier artwork,
such as 'woman with a daffodil'
and 'man with a feather'.
By the end of the exhibition
the paintings were HUGE!
I found a great website which has a good
number (probably all) of his paintings
Having enjoyed the exhibition,
Louise and I had a light lunch in the cafe
in the basement of the Gallery
and then we went to the
Photographic Portrait Prize 2011
which was in the last few days
of being shown.
This exhibition was fascinating.
We could have looked at those photographs for ages.
The subject matter was diverse;
sometimes shocking, sometimes comical;
and sometimes just plain odd.
But ALWAYS interesting.
I'll definitely be going back next year
for the 2012 version.
Then today DD Hope and I went to
in London's Piccadilly
for the new
David Hockney exhibition:
A Bigger Picture.
I was so glad we'd been able to get advance tickets
because the queue outside snaked around the
forecourt of the Royal Academy
and although I heard a member of staff saying
the queue would take more around an hour,
I think it would have been more like 2 hours
judging by the speed it was moving.
Funnily enough, I think I've enjoyed this
exhibition more than I thought I did at the time.
At the time I was amazed at the size of the
artwork (often on many canvases), I LOVED the
colours, which ranged from the literal to the
surreal, and I was impressed with Hockney's
continuing creative development
(his ipad artwork was really rather good
and an exciting new medium)
However, it is only afterwards,
having got away from the crowds,
that I find myself really relishing the paintings.
My favourite painting is the one
shown in the Exhibition flyer above -
such wonderful colours, simplicity of line
and yet complication in detail.
While we were there,
I signed up to be a 'Friend' of
The Royal Academy.
For a £90 yearly membership fee,
I can go to any exhibitions there
as many times I like,
and take someone with me,
such as Grant or Hope or another
family member. Neither I nor my guest
will have to pay another penny.
The Hockney tickets for today were refunded,
and I also got a good discount on the
David Hockney 'A Bigger Picture' book
which made it cheaper than Amazon.
I might go back to the Hockney exhibition again,
once the school holidays are over and the
crowds have diminished.