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Wednesday 20. 03. 19 Just got back from a busy 4 days in London. Besides seeing the Bonnard show at the Tate, I also saw the excellent Sorolla show at the National Gallery and a Rembrandt show at the British Museum. The highlight was probably the Doreen Fletcher show at the Nunnery gallery in Bow. Her paintings of the vanishing architecture of the East End of London in the 60s were wonderful altho the Sorolla paintings of children playing on the beach were also pretty great too! 

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The Drawing Room



Saturday 08. 09. 18 I have just got back home after a week in London doing a workshop at the Drawing Room. What an amazing week! I can’t remember the last time I have been so excited. The teachers and the students were all wonderful and the atmosphere was really stimulating. Above are some works from the course. The top one was a project with Amalie Pica, drawing a familiar object, the next one with Lisa Brice and was of my feeling of vulnerabliity when I first entered the class full of women and the bottom was an exercise in tinting with Paul Noble using an 8H pencil.

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Wednesday 02. 05. 18 Just back from 5 days in a damp, cold London. Saw some interesting expos, the highlights of which were the Degas show at the National Portrait Gallery and the David Mine at the Dulwich. Also did both Tates and the Saatchi. The Tate needs to get its act together as all the shows there were so overcrowded – they need to get timed attendances organised. The James Cook Voyages at the British Library was also very good. Besides that enjoyed some bitter, sausages & mash and fish & chips.

The photo is a sculpture on the platform at Brixton.

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Thursday 01. 03. 18 We had 30 cm of snow yesterday! This resulted in my flight to London being cancelled and because I couldn’t find an alternative I had to cancel my trip. Tant pis!

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York and London

Saturday 18.11. 17 Just got back in from a week in London and York with Julia and Daisy. I have always wanted to visit York and I wasn’t disappointed. A very accessible and fascinating place with its Roman and Viking history. Besides wandering around the town we visited two very modern museums – the York Castle Museum and the Jorvick Museum. The first covers all of York’s history and the second focusses on the Vikings. Both use very modern technology to get their message across. We also went to the excellent Railway Museum and Daisy and I went on a Ghost Walk.  After York we came back down to London and I went to various expos. Excellent Jasper Johns at the RA and Cézanne at the National Portrait Gallery. Also saw two good shows at Somerset house – one on the North and one on Sebald’s Melancholia. A stimulating week!

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London, Bordeaux






Sunday 27. 11. 16 Just back from a trip to Bordeaux where I saw Marie-Pierre and Olivier, the Dordogne where I stayed with Marie-Annick and Hervé and London where I met Carole, Julia and Daisy and saw Carol. Highlights were seeing M-A & H’s new house, the Kentridge show at the Whitechapel and the Kiefer show at the White Cube Bermondsey and of course the Christmas lights.

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Wednesday 02. 12. 15 Just back from a week in London. Saw the Ai Weiwei show at the RA, The Calder at the Tate Modern and the Auerbach at the Tate Britain which was a disappointment. I think the highlights were the Peter Lanyon show at the Courtauld and The Celts at the British Museum. Also did a couple of London Walks, the London Eye and saw Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van. A busy week!

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Thursday 04. 12. 14 Just back from a week in London with Carole. I saw a brilliant Kiefer show at the RA – a very extensive retrospective featuring paintings, sculptures, installations, watercolours, books etc – best show I have seen in London since the big Hockney show at the RA. Also saw Polke at Tate Modern and the Turner at Tate Britain, the Constable at the V&A and a small Hambling show at the National gallery. Besides all this gallery going we met Marie-Pierre and Olivier for the weekend and had a a great time wandering around the parks and the streets. We even had time to check out the lego Santa Claus at Covent Gardens and of course the lights and to see the movie Mr Turner.


Another room



Tuesday 08. 04. 14 Another room with a view. This time my room at the Europa Hotel on Sussex Gardens.

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London, West Sussex, Suffolk & mudlarking


Saturday 29. 03. 14 Got back this morning from a week in the UK. Did all the usual galleries plus the Viking show at the British Museum and Treasures at the British Library. Highlights were the Hockney print show at Dulwich and the Richard Hamilton show at the Tate Modern. Both excellent. Other highlights were a visit to Morgan and Oz in Hassocks. Morgan and I hadn’t seen each for ages when we worked together in another life and another country. I also visited Chris and Viv in Hemingstone where I played Newmarket with their grandchildren, Charlotte and Harry, at 8 in the morning before they went off to school!! The above photo shows some bones, a stone and a bit of pottery that I found mudlarking along the Thames just below Tate Modern.

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