On Saturday I dragged my children around the the tents at the Literature Festival. To be fair there wasn’t much going on for kids by that stage, but I wanted to leave my latest yarn bombs that I had worked up especially, so they traipsed around complaining. I started off making bookworm bookmarks, complete with bookish glasses. My plan was to give them literary names. Then I realised that the glasses were making them look a little Harry Potterish, so I decided to go with it and make some Harry Potter bookmarks. I didn’t have time to do a Hermione but I managed a Ron and Harry.
Having been inspired by this blog post I thought I might write a little about the art that I like and the discovery I made today. Now I’m no art buff, and I’m not very good with nuance and symbolism and all that stuff. I like art that just, well, that just looks nice. I love Monet and have had the pleasure of seeing a couple of his pieces in person and they just make me instantly relax.
In much the same way I like Hockney’s swimming pool series, and the pieces on every wall in early 2000s by John Miller.
My dad recently bought me for my birthday a framed print I’d be yearning for to cheer up my bedroom. I put some wave noise on my iPhone and am transported to a far off coastline.
The other sort of stuff I like are historical scenes, just nice ones. The Pre-Raphelites painted gorgeous, wonderful scenes depicting delectable goddess-like woman. Recently, on a rare day out by myself to Bath I randomly picked up a framed print of this in a charity shop.
I wasn’t going to get it. It was £10, in a crappy frame and at the beginning of my day and I’d have to cart it around. I really liked it though, and we have been trying to make our rented soulless box of a house feel more like home. This morning I passed it in the hall and noticed the signature “EBL 1900” and thought I’d look it up. Turns out the artist is Edmund Blair Leighton, a Victorian/Edwardian artist who specialised in Regency and Medieval scenes, often romantic in nature. Years and years ago I saw a picture in a second hand shop which I loved and wished I had bought. All I knew is it was called The Accolade. I told DH and once he made me a Valentine’s card with it on. As I I looked through EBL’s catalogue lo and behold I discovered that he had also painted it. Which just goes to show you that I may not know about art, but I know what I like.