A Most Excellent Weekend


27th and 28th August 2016

In the last two weeks since I've been back in Dublin, I've been visiting museums and galleries which I haven't seen in three or four months. Last weekend I went to IMMA and the RHA galleries and the People's Art Exhibition, and this weekend I went to the SO Fine Art print gallery, the Hugh Lane gallery and Peoples Photography exhibition.

The SO Fine Arts gallery, on South Anne Street has abstract and representational lithography, silk screen and etching prints.  See the image of the Barbara Rae screen print below, and it inspired me to start work on a new digital drawing for an hour or so using my iPad to make the initial drawing at a coffee shop.

Later I went to Salamanca on Andrew Street for dinner - Baked peppers, stuffed with chilli beef and sour cream,  and sautéed chorizo with tiger prawns - Totally delicious, followed by blackberry sorbet and chocolate ice cream at Murphy’s hand-made ice cream on Wicklow street, and then peppermint tea in the downstairs lounge of Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge (which has a feel of a home living room)

On Sunday I went to the Hugh Lane gallery viewing the Harry Clarke stained glass room, “La Parapluies” by Renoir and “Eva Gonzales” by Manet. I also viewed the Francis Bacon studio exhibit which, as the photo below shows, and I quote Bacon: "This mess around me is like my mind. It may be a good image what goes on inside of me. My life is like that.” - Out of chaos comes great art, I suppose. I like some of his work but some I find quite violent. Also there was another Roger Casement exhibition, including the Sir John Lavery painting of the trial of Roger Casement (see image below).

Then I took a Dublin bike to cycle over to Stephen’s Green to the People’s Photography Exhibition, which was smaller this year because of the seemingly interminable roadworks caused by the Luas extension. As with the people's art exhibition there last week, it was a mixed bag of good and not so good photographs with the highlight for me being the expertly printed, black and white architecture prints from Dublin, London and Malaga by Larry Dalton (see image below).

Now I’m back home on Sunday evening with a plan to finish the new abstract drawing I started on Saturday, and then some research to help complete the "Amy’s Plans" novella which is nearly there.

Overall, a most excellent weekend, despite the occasional rain showers.

"La Parapluies" by Renoir  in the Hugh Lane Gallery

"La Parapluies" by Renoir  in the Hugh Lane Gallery

"Eva Gonzales" by Manet  in the Hugh Lane Gallery

"Eva Gonzales" by Manet  in the Hugh Lane Gallery

The chaos of Francis Bacon's studio  in the Hugh Lane Gallery

The chaos of Francis Bacon's studio  in the Hugh Lane Gallery

The Trial of Roger Casement by Sir John Lavery in the Hugh Lane Gallery

The Trial of Roger Casement by Sir John Lavery in the Hugh Lane Gallery

Canary Wharf, London by Larry Dalton at the People's Photography Exhibition

Canary Wharf, London by Larry Dalton at the People's Photography Exhibition

Print by Barbara Rae at the SO Fine Art Editions gallery, on South Anne Street

Print by Barbara Rae at the SO Fine Art Editions gallery, on South Anne Street