Things I’ve learnt:
- Visiting three galleries is just a little too over-ambitious, especially if one of the mentioned galleries is the Louvre.
- The Louvre is too big for its own good, and there are too many rooms labelled Room 5.
- The Musee d’Orsay on the other hand is worth as many visits as possible.
- Van Gogh was a sad man who painted pretty pictures.
- A Rembrandt is instantly recognisable.
- You might as well buy a postcard (or a coaster, poster, tshirt, pencil) of the Mona Lisa rather than try to see it yourself.
- Da Vinci’s other works are just as stunning, even if there are no large crowds of 50-odd people in front of them.
- Contrary to evidence, art comas (or art overdose, overkill etc) do exist. I experienced one.
ETA: Oh drat, I just realised I forgot to save these images at the highest resolution - so apologies if they don’t look as crisp as usual.
This picture was taken by Malcolm while we were in the Louvre. What do you guys think? Do you like it, or are you a fan of the old look? I am still adjusting it as we speak but I think the overall theme is pretty much done. With this new theme I’m also hoping to take a new direction, by focusing more on other artists and creative people, maybe organising some interviews, features, that sort of thing.
After much consideration, I think I’m going to stay here on tumblr. I know my tumblelog is a bit different to some others, and sometimes the fast-paced nature of tumblr overwhelms me, but I can’t see it being any other way.
ETA: oops something is going wrong with the comments feature at the moment. Excuse the multiple comments that appear until I sort through this mess.
… but they are still not enough.
I have just finished spending a glorious two weeks in Paris and London, and get back to Manchester tomorrow. I have taken many hundreds of photos, which will be updated slowly along with my (still to be updated!) Dublin and Prague photos - I am sorry I am so terribly behind. I hope the wait will be worth it.
While on this trip, and visiting all the places that I did, I grew increasingly inspired to change the focus and direction of this tumblelog, so except to see some radical changes here soon! I am anticipating a new layout and format, possibly moving over to another server (although I love thee tumblr) and a new title, something along the lines of “art is life, life is art”. Not sure whether that is too cheesy at this point.
See you soon, folks!