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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sunshine at the Sculpture Park.

Price list for Mark Hearld's work
 I made it to the Yorkshire Sculpture park today, just in time to see the Mark Hearld exhibition, which finishes tomorrow. There was some frenzied buying going on of the exhibited work, quite fascinating! I managed to drag my husband along, although he didn't go into the exhibition, he stayed outside with the dog, and we had a good long walk afterwards, IN THE SUNSHINE!! Yes, it's actually been sunny the past few days, and it has felt so good. This seems to have been a long long winter, cold wet, snowy and MUDDY. So much mud. When you walk a dog, you see far too much mud.
 Anyway, to the exhibition...which I'm not sure I saw all of, in my flying visit. I like Marks work, and the way he uses different materials in it, collaging all sorts of bits and pieces. This exhibition appealed because it was 'Birds and Beasts' and I love his birds and beasts, the simple lino cut shapes and the movement he manages to capture so simply. Quite different I feel.
Beautiful collage work!

Wonderful birds swirling around.

 I have to admit, that I don't find many of the sculptures appealing in the park?? In fact, as I walk around, on each visit, I am always drawn to the trees there. They are wonderful, some are so huge, and such lovely shapes, set in the sprawling estate. The view above with that tree and off in the distance, the   wind turbines, well I find that more beautiful to look at than either of the sculptures below! I feel like an arty fraud when I'm there, as I could just criticise so many of the exhibits, but there you go, each to his own I guess? I tend to find the exhibitions inside the building more to my taste.

Walking back, sunset sky and snow on the distant hills.
We had a lovely afternoon, even though it was still very muddy. The cold weather which has gone on for ever, much like I'm doing now, has brought these lovely little visitors(below) to my fat feeders in the garden. They are such sweet little tiny birds, pink in colour, they flit about, usually in groups of about 6, but 2 come to feed regularly. Today there was even a gold crest, such a tiny bird, how they survive I don't know, I've not seen one on the feeder before, hope I helped to keep it going. I would just like to add one very exciting note, I have won a 'Giveaway' on this delightful blog, I am thrilled, I never win anything! Kathleens work is lovely, delicately painted, natural images.
See you all again soon.


  1. Your excited message on my blog made my day yesterday. So happy you won, Julie. And thanks for your kind words.

    Those collages look beautiful. I was thinking I would like to see them better and just remembered I can click on the photos and they get bigger. Always forget. :) The bird activity is changing here as well. I guess they sense spring is getting closer. Meeko is a bit of a nut these days too. I keep saying he must have spring fever.

  2. Firstly congrats on your win! ~ and I now have a new "art" blog to follow! :))) And then... how fun you got to the exibition~ I think I've seen a story on him in my Country Living (yes, the English version!) I LOVE the white on brown paper... going to get my white pencil and a paper bag out next! I like the work on the walls, but I can't quite grasp the "lawn art" ?? :))) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks Kathleen, I was so excited, jumped around, the dog got up out of his bed, following me, I think he thought it must be connected with food, all the excitement :) It does feel more spring like at last, we've just had a lovely day out walking in the sun in the Dales. I shall look forward to seeing my Original, lucky me!
    Hi Mel, hope you enjoy following Kathleen, her work is lovely and the dog Meeko is fab! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get the lawn art, there must be more who feel the same. Henry Moore comes from my home town, his drawings, paintings etc are wonderful, some of his work at the sculpture park is quite nice, but I don't really get it????

  4. I agree, we certainly needed that bit of sunshine after so much rain and not so glorious mud. It looks like you found a great venue for it too.

  5. Hello Julie! it’s been a while since i visited, i have been away, chasing the sun who never came out! so i am glad to read you at least YOU got some sunshine on your side of the world! you are so lucky Julie winning such a lovely gift! xo sandra


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