Monday, May 29, 2006
Actually, this is just a filler post as I have been neglecting the blog. I have a few photos of Geneva that I have been meaning to post - these are just a few of the ones I've had time to re-size.
All were taken in the Old Town, a stones throw from the main shopping streets to the south of the lake. The two above are of Rue Fontaine which has some lovely shops including one that sells papers and pads from Sweden. It all looks so tempting but the paper seems to be of secondary importance to the covers. I found another such shop near the Parc des Bastions. Everything seems to be about 'show' without quality - the high prices suggest something luxurious but all the papers are flimsy and not at all special.
A small house, or perhaps an office near the Cathedrale St. Pierre.
You might recognise this photo!
Looking down to the Place de la Madeliene and towards the main shopping street, Rue de Rive where I seem to find myself quite often!
Place du Bourg-de-Four
The reason I'm not posting is because I was trying to take a photo of one of my drawings and after much to-ing and fro-ing with PhotoShop, I gave up. I'm going off this Moleskine! I just don't like how grey graphite looks against those creamy pages. Also, I have a few more drawings on the go and this is not me at all - I like to concentrate on one at a time or I lose interest. I took myself off to see an exhibition of works by Le Corbusier at Musee Rath and that put paid to my productivity! I haven't been to an art museum in years simply because I haven't lived in places where it's been possible. Le Corbusier interested me more than the others only because I had heard his name so often but really couldn't say I knew anything about him other than he was an architect. Knowing his drawings were on show, I thought it would be interesting. I picked up the only leaflet that was in English and looked at his biography. What struck me straight away was how much he had achieved throughout his whole life. It was as if he was born with a purpose and never swayed or faltered in his mission! A true visionary. Walking through the museum, it started to get overwhelming. He was a painter, an architect, a sculptor, theorist, poet, designer and even made tapestries. Everything he did was true to his vision. I didn't like everything I saw but I loved his sculptures and tapestries.
The next couple of days went by in a haze! It put a few things in perspective for me but I think I will need to go again before it closes in August. ( I hope the surly man on the desk who was more interested in his mobile phone than taking my money and the two security people horsing around in the corridors won't be there...)
I will try and post my (humble!) drawings very soon as we are moving into our new house on Thursday! I can't wait now, especially after visiting the house yesterday, but we will probably be without an Internet connection for a 7-10 days at least. No doubt there will be plenty of unpacking and sorting to keep me distracted, but it will be wonderful to surrounded by our old things again!