Friday, 23 August 2019
Managed a day out
On Thursday, we went to Gloucester to auction, and then on to Nature in Art, an Art Gallery and Museum showing amazing artwork and sculptures,carved wood etc. It is just two miles from Gloucester, at Twigsworth. We went to see the Exhibition of work by Norman Thelwell, whose pony cartoon books I had as a child, but he was a serious artist too and was ahead of his time as he seemed to have a real grip on what was threatening the countryside. Alongside this was an exhibition of goldwork embroidery - gosh, some talent there - and of course the main delights in the form of wonderful art work.
Just the first room we went into blew you away with the incredibly skilled paintings. A huge canvas of a magpie by Henry Bismuth: https://natureinart.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/photo-gallery/thumb/HenryBismuth.jpg
Elephants by David Shepherd: https://natureinart.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/photo-gallery/thumb/DavidShepherd.jpg
and a lion by Anthony Gibbs which was so real we expected it to step off the canvas and into the room. I thought if I touched its mane, I would feel the very texture, it was so realistic. https://natureinart.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/photo-gallery/thumb/AnthonyGibbs1.jpg
Outside were some wonderful sculptures including a pair of cheetas running and, below, this lovely carving of an owl.
Now it's the Bank Holiday weekend. We don't normally go into town because of the snarl up of traffic, but Keith had his 2nd cataract operation scheduled today, so we got some shopping at the same time. We went down to Aldi for some bits, then had to queue for 15 minutes to get OUT. Crazy.
The operation went smoothly and I hope will make a difference to his vision, although this eye is the one with the astygmatism, so possibly just a bit clearer than it was rather than sharper vision. We shall see.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday - looks like it will be dry and sunny here anyway.