|Old Willie - Guthrie|
1st - outing to the mainland in the new car. Indicators still giving me trouble. Day Carer looks concerned, but not overly so.
£1 - cost of parking for 4 hours at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Muesum (surely we'll be round the exhibition in 4 hours. SURELY?!
£5 the cost of a ticket to the Glasgow Boys Exhibition per head. Not too eye-watering, plus rest of museum can be explored for FREE.
1880 - 1900 - the 20 year span of the exhibits
90,000 the number of people who have been to the exhibition since it opened.
90,000 the number of people who seemed to be standing in front of me to look at the paintings.
140 - the number of artworks in the exhibition - some are owned by the Gallery, some are from other public collections, but many are on loan from private homes. Lucky, lucky bastards.
4 - the number of years it took to plan the exhibition.
90 - the number of minutes it took me to get round it.
2 - types of visitor: The ones that stand in jaw-dropping admiration at the jewel-bright water colours, the polished sketches and whisper praise to their friends about the exquisitely rendered paintings and the others who bray to their friends loudly 'I could SO do that!'
£300,000 the money generated in ticket sales alone. God knows how much the gift shop has brought in. I alone spent over £20 on various bits of arty tat. So did my day carer.
£4 for an Aberdeen Angus burger with all the trimmings from the outside catering van thing. Damned tasty!
a few - drops of rain while we gulped down our burger, fries and *cough* diet cokes
one sprained neck - trying to read the £15 guide book over the shoulder of the two ladies next to me at lunch (they were of the I could SO do that brigade)
2 - additional visits to the gallery shop whie I mithered about spending another tenner on the expensive guide book and exchanging my cheaper one. I bought it.
1 - unparallelled delight at discovering the painting of the poppies (private collection) is in that book - even though it's a tiny little image, I absolutely adore it.
2 - despondent women sitting outside in the drizzle with their burgers, wondering whether it's worth ever picking up a paintbrush or pencil again, faced with such massive talent from The Boys (that's me and the Day Carer)
4pm - the ferry that we caught home - relaxed, refreshed and ready to take up the brushes again, INSPIRED by, not the breath of God, but by Guthrie.
Want to know what I am getting so enthusiastic about? We'll here's a couple of the best known paintings:
|To Pastures New - James Guthrie|
|Japanese Lady - G Henry|
|The Druids bringing in the mistletoe|
|Yellow Roses - Stuart Park|