Sunday, 20 April 2014

Camden + Tate Modern + Tate Britain

Art brings me a little bit everywhere for gallery visits or photographing subjects. On Friday, the destination was London for a day discovering the Tate Modern & Tate Britain.

I arrived in the city that morning & decided to explore Camden before meeting my mum at the Tate Modern. I had a look at some possible uni accommodation, went into Urban Outfitters (obviously) and then grabbed myself some lunch at Camden Lock. I love Camden Lock. All the little food stalls reminded me of Reading!



After my rather lovely morning in Camden, I found my way across London to the Tate Modern and set about exploring before my mum arrived. This was my first time at the gallery and its incredbile. I recognised loads of famous art pieces (Picasso's Weeping Woman and Turner's Yacht Approaching the Coast below!) and I must say their shop is a dream - full of arty picture books.




Looking down from the higher levels of the gallery was also impressive - all the tiny people walking around reminded me of Lowry's paintings. Which were exhibited at our next destination: The Tate Britain. We walked across London from one gallery to the other and passed some pretty cool streets on the way.



Once we had arrived, turned out we didn't have much time until closing but I managed to have a quick look around and really really liked the painting above - Girl with a Kitten by Lucian Freud. The eyes and style is incredible. I also spotted some of Lowry's pieces - you see what I mean about the little people now?



So that was my day in London, topped off with a rather unflattering photo of myself mid-sentence. But hey ho, action shots are fun. I really recommend the Tate Modern & Britain. They are probably my joint favourite London Galleries art-wise, although the V&A's coffee shop will always be the greatest.

Happy Easter folks!

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'Uitzicht' by Bakermat (the more you listen the better it gets - especially the saxo bit)
'Rudeboy' by Dub Inc. (I'm still into the reggae)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Coffee With Art & The River

Between clumps of revision, I've had a rather lovely Easter break. I've been cycling, had several coffee shop visits, visited family up North for a weekend and taken on the role of hairdresser for both my best friend & sister (no idea why I'm cutting hair all of a sudden, but it's really fun!).

Yesterday I had another break from revision, meeting the lovely Anam in Bedford for the afternoon. After a little shop for necessities (hooray I now am the owner of some very exciting treasury tags!!!!) and a little Topshop distraction, we made our way to one of Bedford's newest coffee shops; Coffee With Art.




That impressive wall of books is not wallpaper, its literally piles of books. Awesome. And they have the pretty lightbulbs with spirals of wire that I always lust after in John Lewis. The whole design of the place was amazing. The many books scattered around the room were also great, particularly for Anam who is a budding writer herself (you can read a bit of her book here). After a long coffee break, we set out to find the sun along the river.





It was so pretty. Anam picked up an ice cream as we explored the pretty part of Bedford in bloom. There is something about ice creams that makes a place a hundred times more summery. And flowers. And the sun. It was a very summery day.



And then that's me on a bridge. It was so nice to catch up and get away from revision and work. 'Coffee With Art' is also my new favourite coffee shop, I definitely reccommend it.

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A beautiful cover of Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' in the style of Sara Bareilles.
'Down' by the Kooks (lovelovelove this song)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Kinfolk & Focaccia

 Kinfolk is my absolute favourite. For everything.

After stalking Nathan Williams' beautiful blog, daydreaming over every Kinfolk picture on Pinterest and finding myself totally besotted by the brand, I finally bought myself the book. The Kinfolk Table. I have to say, it is genuinely my favourite book ever. It tells the stories of the people behind the recipes, photographing them in their own homes and spaces before sharing their favourite recipes. So far I've only tried a few from the book, but I can tell you that they've all turned out superb.




My most recent bake: Focaccia. This was my favourite bread when I was working in a restaurant and it only requires very basic ingredients, so I was pretty quick to try this recipe out. Guys, I am telling you, it is a slice of happiness. I've baked it twice now (soon to be three) and every time it vanishes in an instant! It's so tasty, and super simple may I add. I definitely recommend the book - even if you don't like cooking it's worth getting it for the words & photographs.

Sorry to bombard you all with my Kinfolk obsession, I just couldn't contain it much longer.

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An article that makes me want to be a shepherd
'The Wine Song' by The Cat Empire
A bit of reggae - 'Down Under' by Men at Work

Saturday, 5 April 2014

OIL PAINTINGS

Yesterday I handed in all my art coursework. So after a rather busy week of painting and working on my sketchbook, here are two of my favourite pieces I created for my coursework.

The topic I chose for the coursework was 'Food & Cultures' which eventually led me to looking at market stalls as I love the busy atmosphere and beautiful displays. So after masses of research and development, I ended up with these two oil paintings. (Also can we please have a moment of appreciation for the beautiful wooden tables of the art room)




My Easter holidays started today so things are looking up. I think I might just sleep forever and ever starting now.

Except now I need to create an exam folder...

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'On My Way' by The Cat Empire | 'Can't Help Falling In Love' by Ingrid Michealson | 'Ode To My Family' by The Cranberries

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Four. Ending up in the cockpit.

My final ski post.

The Family. Throughout the week we got to know everyone in our chalet. In the day we would ski together & in the evening we would play games or watch films after dinner. By the end of the week they were literally like another family to me. Especially our Scottish friends, Louise's family and Australian Archie. I miss them!



Above: Emily, Louis, David, Me, Louise & Australian Archie.

The Singing. Over the week, Emily & I discovered our shared love for singing. We would sing on the slopes, in the coach, chalet, chair lifts, everywhere! Chair lifts were our favourite. One time we were singing our favourite (Is this the way to Amarillo dun dun every night I've been hugging my pillow dun dun..) on the chairlift and two French ladies on the lift with us enjoyed it so much they decided to teach us a song of their own. For the rest of that journey, the four of us sang together loudly whilst beating the rhythm with our ski poles. Pretty darn awesome.



The Journey. After a sad goodbye (singing 'So Long, Farewell' as you do...) it was time for Louise's family and myself to make our own way home. Running on a couple of hours sleep, we put our heads to rest on the airport benches and did a little shopping before climbing aboard. During our flight a wonderful sunset was taking place on the other side of the aircraft, so I asked the air hostess if she could take a photo of it for me. Turned out there was a little misunderstanding and instead of having a photo of the sunset, I ended up in the cockpit. I'm not complaining. It was a really lovely end to one of my favourite holidays.

The End. (for now...)

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'Amarillo' by Tony Christie | 'The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond' by the Corries | 'So Long, Farewell' & 'Do Re Mi Fa'


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Three. Shcuno.

My third ski post.

The Black Run. After a baptism of fire, by Thursday I had got to grips with my skis and was eager to try a black run. So I did. Without even falling WOO. That afternoon was also super sunny so we decided to take a break at the reggae bar, dancing and sunbathing as we sipped our hot chocolates. Hot chocolate was a big deal to us - we knew the piste map based on the nearby cafe or bar. It was good.



The Last Ski. The Friday (our last day) was snowy and we were all pretty tired by this point so not everybody wanted to ski. But Emily & I did. And so when we left the others in the cafe for one more run, it turned into skiing all the way down the home run (much much longer). The run was clear and super pretty from the fresh snow so we made the most of it and tried out the steeper route. I'm glad we did despite the ice. Below: Emily in red.



The Gondola. When Emily & I came back to meet everyone in the cafe, we had a long long break. Louise, Australian Archie and myself stayed for so long in fact, that we missed the last bus for a few hours. Which meant ordering more chips & drinks. Obviously. When we eventually came out to find Louise's skis covered in snow, we decided to do what we had been joking about all week. We rode the gondola. Three times. It was really funny, especially when we reached the top and bottom and had to quickly explain for them not to take our board & skis off.




Shcuno. 'Shcuno' is the process of showering, eating cake and playing uno. This was our daily post - skiing routine and I definitely recommend it to anyone. Especially the cake. And uno with the additional rules. The cake deserves a special mention, along with the food on the trip as a whole. Everything was made from scratch and tasted glorious.


Friday Night. On Friday night, a few of us younger ones from the group went bowling. After nearly breaking the alley many times (my technique is terrible) and taking gazillions of selfies on Louise's ipad, I managed to come third, yippeeee. When we came home, Louise, Louis & Australian Archie stayed up playing cards and talking while Emily & myself sang our way through my playlist into the early hours of the next morning. (We're definitely going for X-factor. Ahem.)

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'Everybody But Me' by Lykke Li | 'September' by Pomplamoose | 'First Day Of My Life' by Bright Eyes

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Two. Out for a ski.

My second ski post.

The BEST Chair Lift. This two man chair lift holds the best memories for me. Not only was it incredibly beautiful as it took us across untouched snowy landscapes but it was also host to my favourite journey. When I was on the lift with Emily, we decided to be friendly to those passing the other way. Each time in a new language. Which we found hilarious. Especially when the lift stopped after we had said hello in German and 'hello' is the only word we know in German... so you can imagine the conversation.




The Exploring. Above: Me, Louise & Emily with our poles in the air for our pre-exploration photo. It was really nice to be able to split off into our groups after lessons and have the freedom to explore. After skiing for the day we also went to explore the town, finding a b.e.a.utiful cafe with teeny tiny marzipan fruits, patisseries galore, hot chocolate with REAL chocolate, a beautiful wooden interior and a waiter who found it too funny when I asked for a bottle instead of a glass of tap water.



The Evenings. Below: Louis, Australian Archie, Louise, Me, Emily. That night involved mulled wine, a beautiful encounter with a swing and running (then falling over each other) in the village by night. It was fun. So were all the evenings. Every night after our glorious dinner, we would stay after everyone had left to talk & listen to my (often strange) music whilst feasting on chocolate. It was looooovely.


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'Dog Problems' by The Format | 'Lemon Tree' by Fool's Garden | 'Coin - Operated Boy' by Amanda Palmer