I am having a 30 day sale in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CatAmongstThePigeons/items on all my handmade prints. Lots of colour and bold designs available, all in limited editions. Recently I have been making Owl prints, I hope there are some owl lovers out there who might be in for a treat! And if you are in the UK delivery is free! Double win!
My entry is a photo-etching with chine-collé, of a courtyard at the Alhambra Palace. I have been lucky to visit this beautiful place on two occasions; the architecture is stunning; the decorative plaster work, mosaic tiles, wood and brick work, in repeat patterns, adorn every surface. Intimate rooms, graceful columns and archways lead you through to beautiful courtyards and gardens with splashing water features, a delight to the eye and mind.
I do hope some of you get the chance to visit this exhibition. I’m certainly looking forward to viewing the work up close, such a different experience seeing prints first-hand, as digital images don’t quite do them justice.
On Monday I paid a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion for 2017 by architect Francis Kéré; and I planned on seeing the Grayson Perry exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery too, but it was closed! I really liked this years pavilion; on a smallish scale compared to previous years it is a friendly and domestic space. The repeating triangular patterns in roof and walls is very effective; and apparently if it rains the cleverly sloping roof would bestow a waterfall into the middle of the structure for those inside in the dry to admire. I urge you to read more about the design on the gallery’s website.
To get to the Pavilion I entered Hyde Park through the gate near Lancaster Gate Underground Station; through which you are met with the wonderful sight of the Italian Water Gardens. This garden is 150 years old and believed to be a gift from Price Albert to Queen Victoria.
Continuing on from last weeks blog on Seville; I have a few more pictures to share with you. We went for a day trip to Cordoba, where you can see the famous Cordoba Mezquita or Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba. Just as it sounds, in a beautiful grand Mosque a Reanaissance Cathedral nave was literally built into the middle of the Mosque in the 16th century. King Charles V of Castille and Aragon, who gave permission for the Cathedral nave to be built, reportedly said on visiting “”they have taken something unique in all the world and destroyed it to build something you can find in any city.” As I do not have a fancy camera I could not take very good pictures inside the Mezquita, but I urge you to take a look at this collection of images here.
In Cordoba we also visited the ‘Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos’ or Palace of the Christian Monarchs. This fortress was one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. This palace is much smaller than the one in Seville; but it is still worth visiting and has beautiful gardens.
Back in Seville, one of the most modern structures we visited was the Metropol Parasol, it claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. It consists of six giant parasols in the form of giant mushrooms, which have a sky-walk and viewing platform atop; the underground levels house a small museum of Roman and Moorish remains discovered on site. The space underneath the parasols can be used for public events. I really liked the organic shape of this structure which offers (via a lift) very fine views of the city and the Cathedral.