Month: November 2011

Rachel’s colourful cards

My exhibition has now ended. Thanks to everyone who came along!

A selection of 4 cards showing four of my print designs: Under the Arches, Cake, Walking by Brighton Pier and Waterloo are now available.

Please get in touch if you’re interested in purchasing. Each card measures 118 x 174mm (236 x 174mm unfolded) and comes with diamond flap white envelope and clear cellophane sleeve. The card weight is 300gsm and is gloss varnished. My cards can also be purchased from ‘Castor and Pollux’ seaside gallery and ‘Custard’ card and gift shop in Brighton.

Gemeente museum

Visited the Gemeente museum in the Hague on Sunday. Currently ‘Paris: City of Modern Art’ is showing. The Centre Pompidou in Paris has loaned over 40 works which makes for a good show. Visitors wont be disappointed as many big names are featured including Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Leger and Dubuffet. The exhibition shows a broad range of paintings dating from 1900-1960. There’s even a Pop Art room which appears a little out of place considering the exhibition title. Less well known artists  such as dutch painter Bram Van Velde caught my eye. Really liked his vibrant, abstract and colourful drawings from the 1950’s and 60’s (shown here) and earlier figurative paintings.

There’s also a ‘Fashion Loves Art’ exhibition which I really enjoyed. The highlight for me was a small room dedicated to Sonia Delaunays fabric designs. Amazing timeless designs that’s she did in collaboration with Metz and Co in the late 1920’s and early 30s. She completed more than 2000 fabric designs varying from classic patterns to floral motifs and geometric designs.  Highly recommended.


Enjoyed wandering around Amsterdam with no particular place to go. Sketching the architecture, passers by and trying to capture the cyclists whizzing past.

Ended up at the boeken markt in the Spui. Leafed through some old books and sat and sketched the visitors and stall holders.

Visited the Jewish museum. There are often great exhibitions here. Currently there’s an exhibition of Saul Leiter’s work ‘New York Reflections’. Was fantastic to see his photographs and paintings. Loved his colour photos from the 1950’s and 1960’s. He socialised in ‘The Club’ which was the watering hole to the Abstract Expressionists including DeKooning and Pollock.  His photographs showing fragments of New York street life have an instant appeal. Wonderful use of colour and composition and he often uses reflections and intersecting shapes and colour fields. The Haircut (1960) seen here is one of my favourites.

Next stop Cafe de Jaren to meet a friend. Before, I sat on the balcony and sketched towards the cinema. It’s getting darker earlier now and it was nice watching the sun go down. The sky turned pink which made for a very pretty view.