Jack Vettriano’s paintings make me happy!

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We went to the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum on Thursday – me and my parents that is – and it was a lovely day, cold, but sunny. We were specifically going to see the Jack Vettriano exhibition (more on that in a minute), but my mum and dad hadn’t been to the art galleries for a number of years so we took a wee turn around the exhibits there as well.

The Jack Vettriano exhibition is excellent. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. There are those who say he’s not a great painter, but I disagree. I think art is all in eye of the viewer and what it makes you feel. I love his work because it’s thought provoking, colourful, romantic, fantasy, emotive and a whole host of other emotions. It makes me happy to look at a Jack Vettriano painting. I just love them. There is also a kind of vintage feel (I often envy the female subjects of the paintings because of the beautiful dresses they wear) to them…I feel that I’m looking back to a beautiful version of the 50s when I gaze at a JV painting.

Anyway, here are a few images of his work…
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And Jack himself…
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There were a number of screens dotted around the exhibition with clips from an interview with Jack. He talked about everything from his influences to the day he realised his work was popular and his childhood. It was really interesting and he came across as an ordinary man with a sense of humour. There were no airs or graces to him and that made me like him all the more.

Anyway, if you are in Glasgow and you have a wee bit of time to spare, get yourself along to the exhibition and enjoy!! It was well worth the visit and the £5 entry fee! It ends on February 23, 2014 so make sure you go before it closes.

Dawn xxx

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Jack Vettriano and a reading challenge

Image by Polish photographer Jacek Plackiewicz.

Image by Polish photographer Jacek Plackiewicz.

Morning!! Am writing this before I drop the kids off at school. It’s not raining outside – for once – and it looks like it’s going to be a really nice day. Am meeting my parents at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow today to go and see the Jack Vettriano exhibition. I love his work, so am really looking forward to it. Will let you know how that goes in another blog.

So how have you been? This week: hubby is still unwell with some really nasty bug, poor thing has had to take time off work and has lost a fair bit of weight. Am hoping he’s now on the mend. My daughter resumed her art lessons last weekend at Glasgow School of Art. They do regular lessons for kids and we signed her up because she loves drawing. She blows hot and cold for it, so am not sure if we’ll sign her up for more after the summer…we’ll see. The boy is just the boy and doing good.

News from me: finished the first draft of the first chapter of my sequel to Dusting Down Alcudia. Have also started planning a new children’s book that I’ve had mulling about my head for the last few years. I’ve been cutting out sugar and wheat over the last few weeks in an attempt to lose some weight, but it’s had the added effect of making me feel more energetic. Am trying to channel this into doing more writing…so it’s all good. Haven’t really missed sugar that much, but I have had the odd craving for a wee bit of bread or some pasta. It’s a two week thing which finished yesterday and I’ve lost four pounds, which is great. However, am determined to lose more so am going to try and stick to that way of eating…I will have the odd bit of sugar or wheat, but I won’t go back to eating chocolate bars as a snack or as much bread as I used to. Been making my own muesli for breakfast in the morning instead of having toast and am really enjoying it.

Signed up to do a reading challenge at work. I have to read six books in this year, which won’t be a challenge at all to me so the librarian suggested I try to read something I normally wouldn’t read. I draw the line at reading about sports, but a friend recommended a book called Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Classes and I have Long Walk to Freedom to read too, so that’s a start. The friend was also talking about poetry, so am maybe going to see if I can read a poetry book too. Will keep you posted as to how I do. Am currently reading Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon having ditched Terry Prachett (for a teensy while) in its favour. And yes it’s the next part of the Outlander series.

Oh is that the time? I need to go. Got to get the offspring (and my neighbour’s daughter who we give a lift to) to school. Then it’s Jack Vettriano time!!!

Til next time!
Dawn xxx