Tag Archives: Bob and Roberta Smith

Narcissi, Lunch and Cushions

Our last Narcissi of this type in a jar with some Rosemary prunings are brightening up the kitchen.The words are from Bob and Roberta Smith who think that the common goals humanity aims for; love, peace and well-being, outweigh the things that divide us.We  agree.

We had lunch in the garden again, in the sunshine and sheltered from the very cold wind in our arbour.

The back of the arbour is wood and hard to rest back on, so we came up with the idea of hooks to hang seat cushions on and we are very pleased with the result.


Posted by on March 28, 2020 in art, Food, Photography, Postaday2020


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Summer Exhibition June 2019

One of the first pieces in the exhibition was a piece by Banksy.

My favourite gallery this year was the architectural drawings and models, many of which were looking at sustainable designs.

Amaravati Masterplan India

Amaravati Masterplan India

The others are a few of those I liked the most. Click on any picture in the gallery to see greater detail.

I loved this one of suburban back gardens with cats, dogs and the artist herself.

Islington Back Gardens with Self by Melissa Scott-Miller



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Plaits, Poppies and The Summer Exhibition 

I love being able to plait hair again! When LiveWire T’s Mum was little she used to insist on an odd number of plaits and each one had to have a different coloured ribbon – sometimes seven plaits and all the colours of the rainbow.

On the way to school this morning we spotted pansies in a front garden.Today’s feast of art was at The Royal Academy for The Summer Exhibition. Here are some of our favourites.

By Bob and Roberta Smith

Poupee Bleue by Abdoulaye Konate

Untitled Throne, decommissioned arms by Gonçalo Mabunda

Bob and Roberta Smith

Alter Ego – two silver plated objects, one flattened by a 250 ton press, hanging on threads. Cornelia ParkerDetail from Swell by Sara Dodd. So delicate and made of porcelain, looking like sheets of filo pastry.

This was our absolute favourite, bronze and aluminium, called Silent Journey by Ann Christopher.

I could keep posting for ever tonight!


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Summer Exhibition, Accordion and Henna

The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is always fascinating. This year two pieces touched my heart. The first is of a child weeping, actually called, ‘Silent Howler’ a sculpture in bronze by Laura Ford. The detail is beautiful, her cardigan, her socks, her hands, her stance. She reminded me of when we first moved to Cornwall when I was six and I lost my Mum. I was outside Littlewoods, crying and snotty. And eventually with my nose bleeding too! Such a beautiful piece   

 The second is a tiny piece of pottery from the Tsunami, called ‘Mending, Substitution, Consolidation, Coupling – Restoration of a Sake bottle collected in Watari-cho after the Tsunami by Aono Fumiaki. 


We loved this by Bob and Roberta Smith too. It seems particularly apt for these troubled weeks.

Just outside East Finchley Station was an accordion player making the street sound like a street in Paris.  
  It was the Summer Fair at the Live Wires’ wonderfully multicultural school today and T had a henna pattern put on her hand. 


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Tate Britain, Royal Academy and Sunflower

1    It was our Gallery Day today so we started off in Tate Britain to see the fabulous Folk Art exhibition (where photos were not allowed) and the Turner galleries, always a favourite.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

2   Next it was off to the Royal Academy for the Summer Exhibition, a feast of modern art, about 1000 pieces of art – some clever, some quirky, those that made us laugh and those that made us gasp, protest pieces and dramatic pieces and in an enormous range of media. The ones that have stuck in my mind are the wonderful Cake Man by Yinka Shonibare, a very moving transcript of an Eddie Mair interview with Dr David Nott, a conflict zone surgeon, made into a huge canvas by Bob and Roberta Smith, an enormous piece of charred sequoia called Tumble block by David Nash where the wood grain was enhanced but the way the charcoal absorbed light and a beautiful little etching called Midsummer which was affordable! Sadly, though the sign said 100 were available and there were only about 50 red spots on it (meaning sold), when I went to enquire they said that the artist, Flora MacLachlan, had only released 57 to the gallery to sell. That was a disappointment. However, as the lovely Mr S said as we left, ‘That was a really uplifting few hours!’

Cake Man

Cake Man

Charred sequoia

Charred sequoia

All schools by Bob and Roberta Smith

All schools by Bob and Roberta Smith

3   On our way round the back of the RA to see the photos of Dennis Hopper , the burst of colour from the sunflowers on every cafe table was a delight to see.




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