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Impressionist Gardens....Edinburgh Festival


Yesterday OH and I took a train ride to Edinburgh to see three art exhibitions. The sun was warm and bright and as we strolled past Dean Village nestling low down beside the Water of Leith it occurred to me that Edinburgh really is a fine and beautiful city and one I could bear to live in….if I was rich!!

The Gallery of Modern Art is a large and imposing building and you get a fine bowl of soup there (amongst other tasty delights!). The exhibition was ‘Another World, Dali, Magritte, Miro and the Surrealists. I’ve always loved Dali’s dream paintings, so it was a good opportunity to have a look at some other Surrealist works.

Next we walked on to our favourite bar on Princes St. where I refreshed myself with a nice Pimms, before we crossed the road to the National Gallery building to see the ‘main event’ (for me)…the Impressionist Gardens exhibition. Wow! I’ve never seen as many impressionist paintings together…what a treat. The reproductions we’ve all seen so many times are flat and dull in comparison to seeing the real canvasses in front of your own eyes! I was really surprised to find that a couple of the Monet paintings moved me to tears. Just such an intense beauty and love of nature in those works….overwhelming! And so much green paint…and so thickly applied that the light reflecting on them makes them sparkle….wow…really wonderful to see those paintings. Words can’t really express how much I enjoyed them. I could have stayed there for hours!

Afterwards we strolled through the Princes St. gardens which were looking wonderful with bedding, herbaceous and of course the lovely trees. Hundreds of families, couples and groups resting on the lawns beneath the castle, and enjoying the sunshine. Very appropriate after the exhibition.

We just had time to do a quick tour of the third exhibition which was ‘Christen Kobke…Danish Master of Light’. These paintings from the mid 19th century were the work of a master ‘draughtsman’. Immaculately drawn paintings of landscapes and portraits. The artist only lived to be 48 years old and was never very much renowned during his lifetime. The portraits captured the character of each person and were so ‘real’ that I felt they would speak to me at any moment. Some of the best painted ‘fabric folds’ I’ve ever seen and skin tones…..amazing! Some of the best technique you’ll ever see in an art gallery.

We don’t go to the festival every year and have never gone specifically to see Art exhibitions before, but what a wonderful day we had. Inspiring and uplifting. A real treat! Wacky Fringe comedy shows? you can keep them!

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You put us to shame Karen. We always mean to visit the art exhibitions during the festival. We are close friends of the sculptor Sandy Stoddart, I painted his wife and am painting his daughters once each of them reach 18 years. We went to his private view a couple of weeks ago. He did a sculpted head of me and is is sculpting my husbands head at the moment. The Christen Kobke sounds good. Another garden recommendation is a visit to Monet's garden in France. The part with the famous bridge and the lily ponds is really beautiful.
Best wishes

15 Aug, 2010


Great blog, Karen, your wonderful enthusiasm for all you saw, was touching. Am really glad I saw this blog, I think it speaks to all the artists within..... :~))

16 Aug, 2010


lovely and interesting blog karen, i love art especially artists like monet, you feel like your really there when you stand back and look at them, so glad you enjoyed your trip karen ;o)))

16 Aug, 2010


Thanks everyone. Wow Linda, I didn't know you were an artist! Art and Gardening are very close partners for many of us I think! Appreciate your comments Bev and San!

16 Aug, 2010


Lovely blog, makes me want to hop on a train and go see!

17 Aug, 2010


What a lovely day out Karen and a Pimms as well. I love art exhibitions too. I think the last one I saw was Lowry at Manchester, in the gallery named after him. Thanks for your description.

7 Sep, 2010


Thanks Lulu and Dorjac! :)

7 Sep, 2010

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