I have been working all hours to cover my colleague whilst she is on holiday, and aside from this, my hubby Paul, my son Charlie and I have all been busy creating something else together and our little project has meant devoting every minute of every evening and weekend to our new creation!
Anyway, it is finally finished!
The chicken run...
And these are the three girls who now live in this luxury chicken palace...
We collected them on Sunday and they are all 15 weeks old.
The red one is called Frankie. She is the most confident and she is the first to do everything, including laying her first egg just 24 hours after we brought them home...
And here it is again, the freshest egg I have ever cooked, straight from butt to pan - though my son wasn't overjoyed to be reminded of this when he was eating it, lol!
The black one is called Babs. She is the one with the most attitude!
The white one is called Marjorie and she is the most docile and the most lazy too.
Babs and Marjorie haven't started laying yet but hopefully they will soon :0)
Anyway, it may not be art, but there was some painting involved and I have no doubt that it will lead to some chicken and egg sketches too ;0)
Anyway, during this time, there was one thing that I couldn't resist making some time for.
The Tate Britain in London were holding a two week watercolour exhibition and I just had to go! You can't keep me away from local galleries, but I had never been to a gallery in London before.
I invited Mum along and was surprised at how much she enjoyed the day too.
The exhibition was far bigger than I had expected and there was so much to see! There were some of Turners sketchbooks and paintings on view. The two of us felt quite privileged to see them for real.
The one I was most surprised about was the famous 'Scarlett Sunset' painting which has always been a favourite of mine...
...Though I had seen the painting so many times in books and in print, it was so small in reality! Much smaller than I had ever imagined it to be - about A5, I would say.
There were also items which belonged to Turner on display such as his wallet, his paintbox and palette.
Of course there were other inspiring ideas on show too used by some of the other great masters! There were some oyster and mussel shells which had been used as portable palettes - what a neat idea! And lots of experimental works dotted about - Most inspiring!
We were also delighted to see some of John Singer-Sargents paintings which were also on display. It's so different to look at the paintings for real because you just can't see those all important brush-strokes when you see them in print.
When we had finished looking around the watercolour exhibition we didn't have a lot of time left, but we were determined to see some of the paintings in the rest of the gallery too.
It was just unfortunate that I had assumed that cameras were not allowed, because I realised late in the day that actually they were. If I'd have known, I would have taken lots of photographs.
This painting is made up of the fewest brush-strokes and colours and yet it was so beautiful, proving that less really is more. The photograph I'm afraid doesn't do it justice at all...
And this is a beautiful painting of Claude Monet, painting by a river, by John Singer-Sargent...
The day filled me with new ideas but I the main thing I learned is that, the greatest paintings are made with the least fuss!!!
I found the whole day to be so inspiring and the both of us had a lovely day.
My colleague is back to work on Tuesday and so I will be getting my usual day off to paint, so normal activities will resume on my blog from then onwards! And following our visit to The Tate, I am determined to come up with some sketches and paintings created with the minimum fuss!