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Mary and Colin (Ben’s adventurous aunt and uncle, remember their first visit) were in Glasgow for a weekend getaway and they invited us to visit for the day. This was my first visit to Glasgow and it was too short (another post about our visit). 

We had a flurry of art at GoMA, they had an exhibit by the artist Nikki de Saint-Phalle. The art had a very familiar quality to it, I had seen this before and then it hit me- Ms. Saint-Phalle’s art is featured in the fabulous fountain at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. My favourite is the spitting lips!

(Full lips are a theme)

(Mary and Ben reading up on the exhibit)

(Colin, a man after my own heart- straight to the video)

(Shadow and colour- nice!)

(We are so arty)

We hit the trendy art and music venue The Arches for lunch- we had some great giggles and tasty food- a ground pork and haggis burger for Ben and a spicy veggie burger for me.

Glasgow is supposed to be the place for concerts and art but it is a city also renowned for the unhealthy influence on its residents- it is called the Glasgow Effect and makes me relieved we live in Edinburgh.

  • Roxy Paine- Graft
    Roxy Paine- Graft
  • Roy Lichtenstein- House I
    Roy Lichtenstein- House I
  • Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen- Typewriter Eraser, Scale X
    Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen- Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

D.C. AT DUSK… Yesterday, I mentioned the warm weather in D.C. at the start of my visit, well it made for a lovely wander and some great pictures of a mild and misty evening. 

The National Gallery of Art has a little sculpture garden which was open. There was a little out-door skating rink and to see uniformed school kids in short sleeves skating through the puddles in January was a bit surreal.


I am keeping you guessing this week with posts of both home and away. Today we have another home post, which could also be categorised as away as it comes from a visit, my first, to Glasgow. 

Have you ever high-fived a celebrity? I am guessing my brother Charlie probably has, also my brother John, he waited in long lines for the autographs of Greg LeMond and Brad Pitt (the latter comes with a story which has gone into the sister-vault where it will remain), these were probably not the traditional up-top versions, more of a respectable handshake. My friend Chloe met Mick Jagger- did they high-five (not a euphemism), she has a photo to prove it, but I cannot find the link to her blog?

I have not, but I got pretty close at the Gallery of Modern Art- Glasgow or GoMA on a pre-travel visit. Captured below are two people who Ben and I would have down lowed, too slowed, had we had the opportunity. A Swiss artist with an Italian name, Alberto Giacometti and author of everyone’s favourite and true French classique Le Petit Prince and the name of the airport in his native Lyon,Antoine Saint-Exupéry



More to come from GoMA later this week! Hint- more of our museum visit which is linked to our former life in France. Is it a sign?


Here we are, January 2, 2013- what did you get up to today? 

This week I wanted to share some some of our fun photos from Christmas- they are mostly of food. Except today’s photos are of festive ornaments Ben made for our tree at his weekly ceramics class. 

I am partial to the skull and crossbones in Santa hats- these will decorate our future trees.

More on Ben’s mad ceramics skills in the coming weeks- he is so talented.


Based on my clues- did you guess where I was yesterday? 

I was in London, just for the day. 

Being American does not always have its benefits- I was required to drop my documents at the Brazilian Consulate in person. It was a total of nine hours on the train for forty-five minutes with the friendly Brazilians. If all goes according to the plan, I will have my visa in early January.

With a few hours to kill, I went to Look Mum No Hands for lunch and then popped in to the Tate Modern for an afternoon of art. A good day out.

I was tucked into bed by midnight!













Ben’s parents arrive this afternoon- let the celebrating begin.

SO SAD… Leaving Modern II is always a drag. Time to head home and do the ironing.

  • BEN AND ME- 2008
    BEN AND ME- 2008

ISTANBUL MODERN… Back in 2008, Ben and I visited Istanbul and had a wonderful time exploring the city and spent an afternoon at the Istanbul Modern

I went back this trip and enjoyed an afternoon of art. So many talented Turkish artists.

Enjoy some of the art.

FESTIVAL… We spent a day touring three small galleries:

INGLEBY GALLERY- Ian Finlay Hamilton

FRUIT MARKET GALLERY-  Dieter Roth Diaries

STILLS – James Casebere, Home and Other Fictions

Enjoy the pictures.

The festival has come to an end for another year. We are happy to bid farewell to the 500,000 tourists who have been clogging our streets for the past weeks. Have a great year and see you in 2013.

CALLUM INNES… Known for his colour-blocked abstract paintings, amongst other work, Edinburgh based artist Callum Innes works for the very first time with light, this work floods the dark tunnel on Calton Road with colour to show the magnificent architecture of the Regent Bridge above.

The bridge was designed in 1814 by Archibald Elliot to create an entrance to Edinburgh where the London Road entered the New Town. It was completed in 1819 and solved the long-standing problem of entering the capital through narrow and inconvenient medieval streets.

Working with architect and lighting artist Gavin Fraser, Innes created a scheme that transforms the flat sides of the lower arch at street level into an illumination of colour. The work follows a brief to create a structured and yet deliberately random order of coloured light, the color has changed several times-emphasising the giant curve of the arch above. 

The Regent Bridge is commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Ingleby Gallery (which I have pictures from coming soon).


The Edinburgh Art Festival is happening as I type. This is such a fab time of the year to live in Edinburgh. During the month of August there are loads of free workshops to join.

I was a bit late looking at the calendar of events, but I was lucky enough to find a photography workshop which ran last Saturday at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

It was run by the Contemporary Ary Exchange and Kate Martin, who has such an interesting background and visible passion for the arts and making them accessible to everyone. This was evident in the theme of the workshop- Photography Workshop for Sighted People. I am sighted so it was perfect, right?

Kate’s ‘photographers in residence’ and our workshop leaders were Rosita McKenzie and Andrew Follows who are visually impaired. Rosita is completely blind and Andrew is blind in one eye and suffers from tunnel vision in the other. Rosita and Andrew are working photographers and have an joint exhibition Through the Looking Glass, Dimly in Edinburgh at the moment.

Right from the start Kate, Rosita and Andrew made me feel very comfortable and explained that we would have the opportunity to experience what it was like for them as photographers.

We used sim-specs which replicate different visual impairments. The photos of the objects were taken while I was wearing the tunnel vision spectacles (reproduces a speck of vision in a void of darkness) and hazy vision (hazy vision with light scatter and glare and variable visual acuity). The amount of concentration to focus what little vision I had remaining on the objects was remarkable. I had a vague idea of Andrew must feel- of course, I could remove the sim-specs and review my work.

To add to the challenge, for the second session, I worked with Rosita outdoors. I was blindfolded and relied on Brian, whom I had only met that morning, to be my eyes and guide me around the yard of the ECW. Before we began, Rosita explained to us how we should lead a person with a visual impairment, you have to have trust in your leader, something which I had to develop quite quickly with Brian and vice versa. 

Through Brian’s descriptions of the location, I knew the areas I wanted to photograph and he carefully led me to where I needed to go. You have to rely even more heavily on touch to ensure you can get the good photo. Rosita also told us to use the sun and where it was hitting our faces to position ourselves when taking the picture- an excellent tip. 

You can just snap away and there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ picture.

What a fantastic experience. Now when I take photos without my sim-specs or blindfold, I try to incorporate some of the top tips from Andrew and Rosita.

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