Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The British Museum, London

After the RA exhibitions, hubby and I made a fleeting visit to The British Museum on Saturday afternoon. Clearly a popular London tourist attraction as the museum was very crowded. Mixed with being very hot, our tired feet only made it as far as looking at some of the Ancient Greece antiquities and treasures. It's amazing to see how old these exhibits are; surviving many wars, the test of time, and somehow finding their way from their country of origin to a glass cabinet in a London museum.

I particularily liked the small figurative Greek vessels pictured below.

Easy to spend all day at The British Museum, so we plan to return very soon for a thorough visit.        

Monday, 29 July 2013

RA Summer Exhibition 2013

Hubby and I finally made it to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on Saturday. My first attempt was thwarted a few weeks back when the RA was closed for a private function. The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, displaying more than 1000 works including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architectural models and film by emerging and established artists. Most works are for sale at prices from £100 to £200,000+.

El Anatsui, 'TSIATSIA - searching for connection', 2013. Aluminium, (bottle-tops, printing plates, roofing sheets) and copper wire, 15 x 23 metres.

Contained over many gallery rooms, there was heaps to see. In my mind, the exhibition displayed 'good' and 'bad' artworks in equal measure. Many artworks took my breath away. Grayson Perry's series of six tapestries entitled 'The Vanity of Small Differences' were amazing to view. Intricate and painstakingly produced. In other rooms, there were some beautiful landscapes and seascapes in glorious colours. I very much enjoyed the Prints Room which contained a variety of woodcuts, monotones, etchings, linocuts, engravings and collagraphs. All very inspiring.

However, there were some awful artworks. I can't get my head around why a pencil squiggle on paper can command £1000 just because it is by an 'established/famous artist'. Can you produce any old self indulgent drivel once famous?? I don't buy into the naive style of painting either, works that could have been produced by a 5 year old. I just wish I understood the criteria of the judging panel, other than the need to produce a controversial exhibition. What to they think makes a talented artist? What makes good art? Any ideas?

We spent about two hours viewing the Summer Exhibition. Then on to 'Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940' which was interesting and 'Richard Rogers: Inside Out' which was brilliant containing radical, intricate architectural designs and models.

After the RA, we visited the British Museum. More on that tomorrow.

Monday, 22 July 2013

SOLD - 'Dusky Light' ethereal landscape painting

'Dusky Light' ethereal landscape painting now SOLD. Many thanks to Chelmsford Community Pop-Up Art & Craft Shop.

'Dusky Light' by Andrea Farmer

Sunday, 14 July 2013

'Cliff Point' - NEW ethereal coastal painting

Completed work in progress. 'Cliff Point' ethereal coastal landscape painting. Created in oil and collage on 200 x 200 mm box canvas.

Purchase from my online gallery.

'Cliff Point' by Andrea Farmer

Monday, 8 July 2013

Race for Life, Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Hottest. Race. Ever. But we did it! :)

Thousands of women took over Hylands Park, Chelmsford yesterday for the 5k and 10k Race for Life events. Starting at 11.00am, there was no escape from the sunshine as we worked our way around the course. All thoughts of completing the race in a fast time quickly went out of the window after 1k. At this point most competitors swapped running/jogging for a brisk walk to pace themselves in the overwhelming heat. I did manage a sprint finish though (there was water at the finish line) and completed the 5k in just under 50 mins.

I have raised £345 for Cancer Research UK. Many thanks to everyone that sponsored and supported me. :)

Thursday, 4 July 2013


Current work in progress. Continuing with the coastal cliffs theme. Collage and oil on 200 x 200 mm box canvas. Update soon.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Glazed Look - frog scrubbie

Isn't he a handsome chap? Here is my frog scrubbie that I painted at The Glazed Look recently. Thankfully, he survived the kiln and now sits happily in my kitchen. He's meant to have a scrubbie sponge in his mouth, but I like him just the way he is.