25 August 2008

Congratulations Team GB

I'm not really into sports but I've just been watching Team GB arrive back from the Bejing Olympics on BBC Tv. Didn't they do well. The best for 100 years apparently.

19 Gold
13 Silver
15 Bronze

Well done to all our sportsmen and women who competed. After all your hard work whether you came back with a medal or not you should all be proud of what you have achieved I know I am.

24 August 2008

Culture Day out

It was a bit late yesterday to post about my day out and I was to put it politely - knackered.

I finally got to the Klimt exhibition down at Tate Liverpool. I don't know if it was because I chose to go on a Saturday and a Bank holiday weekend as well or whether it's been like it for as long as the exhibition has been on, but it was absolutely packed.

I already knew that there where other artists works so I wasn't disappointed but I think if you where going just for Klimt you may very well be.

I was a bit early to get in so I went up to the 1st floor to have a look at some of the other art work on display to be greeted by a piece of sculpture I've always wanted to see, Degas 'Little Dancer'.

I also got to see Andy Warhol's Marilyn Diptych, his screenprint of Queen Elizabeth II and a self portrait. Some of the art work got weirder as I progressed. Perhaps it's old fashioned of me BUT I just don't get some Modern Art. I mean what is artistic about a woman standing in the nude pulling a long piece of paper from a private part of her body.

Any way back to the Klimt exhibition. The first part is a reproduction of the 'Beethoven Freize'. As I've already mentioned it was very crowded so it gave me plenty of time to look at it and appreciate all the details. The crowds thinned a bit so I went back to the beginning of the freeze to look at it again because I know Carol had mentioned once you left this room you couldn't go back. I waited for the lift up to the 4th floor and the rest of the exhibition but again it was so crowded it took ages to see some of the paintings. It was a good thing I'd been warned about the Nude drawings in the last room. I'm broad-minded but they where a bit naughty and made me blush.

I think my favourite paintings where 'Two Girls with Oleander'

and this beautiful portrait of his daughter Helene Klimt.

Not at all what I'd expected because you usually associate 'The Kiss' or one of his other highly decorative pieces with Klimt.

Was it worth going? A definite YES!!! It closes next Sunday but if you get the chance to come and see it, I'd recommend you do.

14 August 2008

August Calendar Girls postcard

This is the inspiration for this month's postcard.

I forgot to take photos of each stage so I'll just have to describe what I did.

Offhand I can't think where I heard about this site but it's what I used for the basis of this months postcard. Just remembered it was Sharon.

Anyway back to this months postcard. I liked the sentiment in the saying so put it in to Wordle and tried a few variations. I had to take a long route because you can't save it to your computer so I printed it out and then scanned it into Photoshop so I could resize. I printed the wordle on to a piece of white cotton then transfer printed the background colour over it. I FME flowers in the bottom left and right.

Superlambanana Exclusive

I always knew we had a sense of humour here in Liverpool. This made me smile so thought I'd share it.

It's been reported 'Lamby' has escaped, they think she has been liberated by an animal right group.

Latest: Good news Lamby has been found safe and sound and released into the wild ;)