|(click the pic above for exhibition details)|
Having waited quite long enough
for a lovely warm Spring day,
Hope and I bit the bullet and went
up to London today.
Would you believe it -
the sun actually came out
(although it has to be said that there
was also a bitingly cold wind!).
The exhibition we went to was
at Tate Modern, and was
I enjoyed seeing these paintings full size -
in books and on posters you really don't
get a true idea of their size and scale.
However, the many many small dots, which
feature in almost all of his artwork,
were often quite difficult for me to look at
because they made my eyes do 'funny things'.
How on earth Lichtenstein painted them all
without going barking mad is quite beyond me!
He often took his inspiration from
comic books and altered small features
of an image to suit his needs
to tell a story. It would have been
interesting to have the original comic
book image alongside
the new version to see how RL
(sorry for using his initials but
Lichtenstein is too long to write every time!)
decided his 'story' could be better told by
cropping an image, eliminating detail, and
deleting or editing speech bubbles.
I really liked the room with his
black and white paintings of
My favourite painting in the exhibition?
Well, not one of his most famous ones,
that's for sure!
'Washington Crossing the Delaware',
which is RL's interpretation of the
1851 original painted by
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
I love the naivety of it,
(and the smiley faces,
I'm a sucker for smiley faces!).
Hope was able to take some inspiration
from this exhibition to use in her final
piece for her photography GCSE
(oh no, it includes dots, aaarrrgghhh!!).
I'll leave you with some photos
from 'the building site'.
We're having a single storey extension
built onto the side of our house.
|(Barry the builder and Grant, the mountain of earth and the snow)|
It will include a garage/workshop,
a laundry room and an extra loo.
|(The mountain of earth being removed)|
To keep costs down,
Grant is working as Barry's labourer.
Grant chose Easter for the commence-
ment of works because the
'weather would be warmer'.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature
had other ideas!
Once the work is finished I'll be able to
get going on my upcycling venture.
|(Uh-oh, who said Luke could have a go?!)|
Hurry up, boys -
I'm itching to get started!