A Day in London – Tate Modern, Matisse Cut-outs, Shakespeare’s Globe & the Millennium Bridge

Tate Modern, London is a building and a half. The former power station is architecturally impressive and awe inspiring. This was my first visit, and to tell you the truth I found it quite overwhelming – I had heard of the Turbine Hall, but the scale of the open space it offers is so huge, families picnic in it!
Before viewing the Matisse Cut-outs, I had time to visit the fantastic cubist collection on public display – Picasso, Gris, Kandinsky to name but a few – lots of wonderful inspiration for mixed media and textiles.


Turbine Hall
Freidrich Vordemberge-Gildewart
Robert Delaunay
Georges Braque
Juan Gris
Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
Wassily Kandinski

The Matisse Exhibition was not at all what I expected… it was better!… all I can say is that two hours of my life were spent in colour heaven. All the cut-outs were created in solid colours, all cut from papers painted in gauche ….. lots of colour, colour, and more colour. The scale of his work ran from small journals to designs for huge, stain glass, church windows. I am stunned at what Matisse could create with failing eye sight, plain painted papers and a pair of scissors.
There was ‘no photography’ allowed within the Matisse Exhibition, but here are a few images from the shop that give a flavour of the display.



…. Then a quick look next door at Shakespeare’s Globe and a wander along Southbank and under the Millennium Bridge….. another brilliant day in London… I was on a high all the way home.

Shakespeare’s Globe
Millennium Bridge

Vintage heaven in Brighton

A must every year, is a trip to Brighton – I love the place. Sun, sea, sand, shopping….

I always start the morning in The Lanes with such good intentions of spending the afternoon on the front, but inevitably my ‘rummaging and shopping’ inner self takes over and I eventually hobble to the beach early evening accompanied by a large portion of Fish & Chips…. a very good day.
First of all a flavour of The Lanes… vintage and eclectic heaven.







GAK Guitars


A small pause in the shopping for Ice-cream





Early evening and down to the beach for Fish & Chips


Smugglers Chip Shop in Rottingdean, near Brighton