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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Tuesday, 30 January 2018

London Lumiere 4

Here are a few more photos I took of Lumiere London which took place in venues throughout Central London for four nights this month. Although I am staying with my daughter at the moment, helping to look after my new grandson, I took a couple of hours off to go and have a look at the amazing light installations. My night photography isn't that good but I still wanted to share some of the highlights with you.


Daniel Canogar- Asalto London. Spanish born Canogar's work is a large scale projection onto Westminster City Hall, 'helping us to imagine overcoming obstacles in our lives'. The video shows people appearing to slowly climb up the wall to the top.





The work, Light on their feet, by the British artist David Ward is shown on the outside of the Rambert Dance Company's building. 'By photographing the soles of the dancers' feet, Ward has made a series of images that fade slowly into visibility and then out again, each foot disclosing a different relationship to the surface beneath.'





Entre les rangs by the Canadian Rami Bebawi is a field of thousands of illuminated flower shaped reflectors as a tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer  in the wind as the seasons pass.


















This is Love Motion by Rhys Coren projected on to the Royal Academy of Arts. It is a Matisse inspired animation of two paper cut figures who spend the evening kissing and dancing.







Don't think this had anything to do with Lumiere London but definitely worth a photo.


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Lumiere London (2)

Here are some other light installations from Lumiere London.

The Rose window outside Westminster Cathedral is made up of thousands of recycled plastic bottles. Designed by Mick Stephenson it is powered by bicycles pedalled by members of the public.









The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2) at Westminster Abbey was illuminated by the French digital artist Patrice Warrener. The vivid colours brought the Abbey to life .







Tuesday, 16 January 2018

New addition.

My world this week. Welcome to my new grandson. Here he is at one day old.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Female poster artists

100 years ago many things changed for women here in the UK. For the first time some women over the age of 30 were allowed to vote. By the end of 1918 some women were allowed to stand for election to the House of Commons. A time of change was beginning.
When Frank Pick took charge of Underground publicity in 1908 almost all poster artists were men. Pick changed that by commissioning artists solely on talent and not gender. The first poster by a woman appeared on the company's trams in 1910. By 1920 a new group of women poster artists emerged. This exhibition at the London Transport Museum celebrates the work of female poster artists.
Many of the posters are unsigned like this one from 1917 but it has been attributed to a 'Miss Bowden'

Hampstead Heath 1915.
Nancy Smith began her career as a book illustrator but became one of the first professional female poster designers in Britain.
Pinner 1916
Her posters were regularly reviewed in the press and exhibited in galleries alongside those of leading male poster designers.

Epping Forest !922













For Horsenden Hill 1914 by Dora McLaren

Always ready 1913 and Kensington Gardens 1915 by Hilda Cowham.. Before designer London Underground posters Hilda was already a successful children's book illustrator.












The day will come when the joybells will ring again 1944 by Anna Zinkeisen


Clifford and Rosemary Ellis  1936

Anna Zinkeisen 1934

Anna Zinkeisen 1934

Anna Zinkeisen 1934



















Freda Lingstrom, one of the most successful poster artists of the 1920s









London's Season 1934 by Kate Burrell







Kate Burrell 1928



General Joy by Vera Willoughby 1928


Regents Park Zoo 1930 by Arnrid Johnson


Sybil Andrews 1933

























Margaret Calkin James




Travels in time on your doorstep 1937. Rosemary Ellis always worked in collaboration with her husband Clifford producing over 20 posters for London Transport. Their surrealist inspired images would have been considered very unusual at the time and reflect the Underground's role in introducing modern art to its passengers.















A garden for all seasons 1993 by Caroline Brice. This poster promotes Covent Garden.

Lazy days by tube 1991 by Sandra Fisher
The new Kew by Tube 1987 by Jennie Tuffs (this became one of London Transport Museum's best selling posters.)

St James's park 1997 by Jennie Tuffs. Tuffs designed seven posters for London Underground between 1987 and 1999








The Flower Market 1987 by Kay Gallwey











London's Museum 1979 by Carci Barker

Westminster Abbey 1966 by Gaynor Chapman











Simply health and fitness by Jane Strother 1999










Simply Showbiz by Lesley Saddington 1998




Smithfield market 2010 by Ruth Hydes.












Borough Market 2010 by Ruth Hydes

Tube Map 2006 by Emma Kay. This was originally designed as a cover for the pocket tube map and was later turned into a poster.










Waiting for a train 2013 by Corin Sworn. Commissioned for 'Art on the Underground'










Cranky 2014 by Clare Woods. Commissioned for 'Art on the Underground' shows parts of the river usually unseen.











Winter fun 2016 by Anna Hymas