Sunday, 24 January 2016

22 Jan : Teal


Laura Tarsi, 'a Grecian lady'
Jean-Étienne Liotard

Forgive me - I have been London-ing. Exhibitions, the-ay-ter, dining out and suchlike. It is all hard work and I am now collapsed on the sofa restoring my natural equilibrium. I need to fit in as much fun as possible because in February the part of my brain that notices the garden wakes up from hibernation. Also New Job - although I am not going to allow that to get in the way of fun. I would normally include ironing in my list of woe but when I mentioned it to my lovely neighbour she said firmly"Ironing? That's for other people."


Portrait of the artist’s wife, Marie Fargues, in Turkish dress
Jean-Étienne Liotard

On Friday night I wore my new teal coloured dress and went to see the Celts exhibition at the British Museum with MrM. I didn't know that Rennie Mackintosh was influenced by the revival of interest in Celtic designs so I learned something there. We stopped off for dinner at Polpo in Soho and I concluded that MrM must be persuaded to wear a black polo neck to achieve the Soho look. We ended up at the Royal Academy and popped in to see the Liotard exhibition before it closes. I have seen it before and was overwhelmed by the use of the colour teal in the portraits on display but somehow was not clever enough to choose another dress to wear. Major wardrobe error. I expect the other visitors thought I was a marketing gimmick.


Jeanne-Elisabeth de Sellon, Lady Tyrell
Jean-Étienne Liotard

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful paintings, especially the second one. It sounds as though you've been having a marvellous time in your teal dress :-)
    PS I quite ironing. It soothes my scatterbrained mind (which sounds slightly tautological).

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  2. I am afraid that my struggles with the ironing pile have been well documented. It is always the first thing to be sacrificed in my search for self-fulfilment.

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  3. I must catch that exhibition. I would be terribly tempted to wear a leotard.

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    1. I am sure that you could get away with a leotard due to your lithe figure. I, on the other hand, could not.

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  4. I think that we should have a glimpse of your teal dress, just so that we can make comparisons between old colours and new.

    I adore Liotard and his use of colour. Best wishes for your return to the workplace. x

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    1. I am afraid that the teal dress has been put at the back of the wardrobe in disgrace and will only be let out again when the memory has faded.

      Many thanks for your good wishes - I'm looking forward to learning all about Geologists !

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  5. Dang it, I have been sorely tempted to drag my hayseed countrygirl self to Londontown to see that Celts thingy. Not so tempted to iron. And I could be darling in that second dress, but she looks so listless! Perhaps trying to muster a head of steam in order to rise up off of that futon...

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    1. Double Dang - if you had come down to London I could have taken you as a guest. You would have loved all the torcs and brooches. I await news of your Scottish sword dancing skillz with anxious anticipation.

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    2. Piping first. Then country dancing. Then *maybe* sword skillz unless I get distracted by, say, Munro bagging.

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  6. But I adore ironing--so calming and meditative! Really hoping to make it to the Liotard exhibition this weekend. And would love to hear about your new job! xx

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