Well, for a start, I spent a fantastic week in London with Jen, my friend from Washington State. We did so much, we needed another week to recover. We went to the theatre a few times – saw ‘Speaking in Tongues’ at the Duke of York’s theatre & ‘Inherit the Wind’ at the Old Vic. We saw the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art & went to the craft fair at Somerset House. We saw the movie ‘Creation’, which was about Charles Darwin & has excellent performances from Jennifer Connolly & Paul Bettany. And, in what was probably the craziest thing we’ve ever done, we went on a day tour to Wales! Yes, most of the time was spent in the tour bus, but we saw Cardiff Castle & St. Fagan’s History of Wales park. Our guide was terrific & I learnt a lot from him.Jen brought me a load of crafty stuff & I have taken pics of all the goodies, I’ll post them later.
When I returned home from London I had a few days to make the cards Jen had requested & then I was off again, this time to Dublin. My sister was 40 on October 31, so she had a party/quiz night on the 30th & then we had a family dinner on the 31st. The quiz night was a great success; my brother & I ran the quiz & were the masters of ceremonies & had great fun. My sister decided that she didn’t want birthday gifts; instead she asked for donations for our local hospice. So far, people have donated over €1000 & money is still coming in. We spent the rest of my week recovering from the party & just hanging out & catching up. It had been eighteen months since we were all together so we had fun. And we’ll be together again for Christmas.So, they were the two big events of the month. I’ve also been attending a weekly History of British Theatre at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London & I’m loving every minute of it. Last weekend I was back in London for Julia Cameron’s first ever creativity workshops in the UK. Julia wrote ‘The Artist’s Way’ some years ago & has been helping people unblock their creativity ever since. I found the workshops a great help & I’ve made a lifechanging decision as a result, more of which later.
I’ve been to the Moctezuma exhibition at the British museum, which was very interesting, but the exhibition which blew me away was ‘Wild Thing’ at the Royal Academy of Art. It is a collection of sculptures by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill & Henri Gaudier-Brzeska & it is GLORIOUS. That may sound over the top, but believe me, every piece is still glowing in my mind. I had never heard of Gill or Gaudier-Brzeska before & I was mesmerised by the beauty & power of their work. All the pieces were created in the early years of the 20th century & it’s astonishing to see how modern they appear. All three artists were fascinated by the modern world, by the human condition & by the new technology that was appearing & the effect it had, and would have, on people. The tragedy of the show is that Gaudier-Brzeska was killed in the trenches of WWI, in 1915 at the age of 23. The world lost an artist of staggering talent. It’s weird, but I feel the need to see this exhibition as many times as I can before it ends. ‘Wild Thing’ is at the RAA until January 24 & I urge you to see it if you possibly can. And if you can afford to, get the audio guide. It is full of clear & concise information about the artists & their work & is well worth listening to.