While all the renovations were going on, I had a couple of days up in London.
One day I went to meet my Australian friend, Glynis. She has a lovely hubby Craig and a darling daughter, Tilly.
Sadly they didn't get the best summer this year - though the day G and I went out was fine. We sat on steps to a statue in Covent Garden, drank coffee and watched the world go by as we talked. We visited the National Gallery (Fighting Temeraire is fab in real life) and we stopped at a cafe for lunch.
Had the most wonderful cheese and parsley scone from a vegetarian cafe.
Then we went bag hunting in Covent Garden and G picked out just the right bag for me! Thanks, G :)
Came home and made some myself - and here are some sketches from the day too.
On my second day out I went to the British Museum to specifically see a Modern Chinese Ink painters exhibition. No photography allowed in that exhibition, but it was fab. It had paintings by Liu Dan and Wu Quangzong which were eye watering in their beauty and feeling. If you google them you'll see images which are stunning, but yet, not as stunning as seeing them in real life! You have until Sept 2nd to see them, should you wish to visit.
I was allowed to take some pics throughout the rest of the Museum, so I'll share those with you - and my attempts at Chinese Ink painting, freehand, with no prior drawing! ( I can see faults in them, but was pleased with how they were considering I winged it - and hadn't painted for a month!)