24.3.07

Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883

Our errands in Central London today took only a 1/2 an hour so on the spur of the moment we popped into an exhibition we'd been eyeing for a while. For £12 a ticket it was probably the most expensive exhibit we've gone to but James and I joked that we'll eat soup a few extra meals to cover the cost. Even so it was really worth it and was huge--4 rooms of nearly 65 beautiful paintings by Renoir. I was quite impressed with the range of his technique; some typically looked like something you'd get from this painter with his use of light but others looked nothing like they could have come from him. It was neat to see such a huge collection in one place of his work and as all exhibits I've seen it will be something I'll remember for a long time. Here are some of my favorites--ENJOY:


Garden in the Rue Cortot, Montemartre, 1876
This one was my absolute favorite although this picture on here does not do it justice. It had a very grand gold frame (probably worth just as much as the painting) and the flowers just leap out at you--very luminescent and just stunning.


Springtime (in Chatou), about 1875



Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, 1875-6

The Wave, 1879
I liked this one because of the incredible blues in this--I've noticed how Renoir likes bright colors and he uses blue quite a bit. This also made me think of much warmer weather and it made me smile. It's been freezing lately here in London and its supposed to be spring!

11.3.07

One of my favorite movies in the whole world.


Love Breakfast at Tiffany's, Love everything Audrey Hepburn. Saw this on You tube and liked it--features clips from the movie set to the music of Paul and Holly.

3.3.07

Global Warming 101

"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so."
- Mark Twain
I've not always been interested in the environment partly because I didn't know anything about it and therefore didn't really care. It wasn't until I started travelling since moving to London that I saw how beautiful the world is and how lucky we are. I also have a boyfriend who has always been into this thing. Since I've been with him he's always tried to get me to recycle and notice the world around me like how amazing it is that fox's live near by us or that every spring we can see baby geese around the pond of our local park. Yoga has helped too by stripping away all the chaos and centering myself which has also made me also stop and listen to the world around me. So, all of these things plus getting a bit older has jumpstarted my interest in the environment as well as other issues.
My interest in the environment (and learning) led me to watch the documentary last night called "An inconvenient Truth". Whether you like Al Gore or support him politically or not is immaterial as its an excellent documentary that really does make you think.
I believe everyone is entitled to their own views. However, whether your black, white, gay, republican, Democrat, Socialist or Communist- the one thing that we all share is this planet. No matter what we believe we owe it to our children to ensure that they can take advantage of the beauty which surrounds us in the future. I would encourage everyone to watch this documentary, learn about issues like global warming and know that everyone can make a difference if they just bother to give a damn. Simple changes make such an impact and even little things like turning the lights off or walking instead of driving everywhere will really really help. I firmly believe everyone and anyone can make a difference!
Check out the film's website for more information on the film and how you can decrease your carbon imprint on the environment: http://www.climatecrisis.net