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July 28, 2015

ONE WEEKEND IN LONDON



Two weeks ago, I went on a short trip to London with two of my friends. We've known each other since high school and came to visit the fourth of our group, who currently lives in London. Best thing: we took the bus instead of the metro. It was so much fun to see the streets, boroughs and people, which you don't get to do from under the ground. Bonus: we didn't have time too see a lot of things, but this made it all worth it as we saw so much more. Other: we've seen The MouseTrap, running for it's 63th year, which my mother went to see when she was the same age as I am now. Notting Hill, Portobello road. Taking our time of to eat a piece of cake, a hamburger, or drink a gin tonic. (No rushing means having twice as much fun, I finally discovered :). And last: Tate Brittain.
All musea are free, and as we got a spare sunday morning before our plane left, this was the perfect way to spend our time.



I also wanted to visit the Westminster Abbey (because I've always remembered the funeral of Princess Diana), but at saturday morning, it was crowded with tourists, and we we're glad to find an escape at the Victoria Embankment Gardens. A beautiful little park, a highlight which we just bumped in to.




Top photo: Bonnington Square, near Vauxhall Station. Second: St. Martin's Theatre, located at West Street. Third and further: Buckingham Palace; a window in Notting Hill; Tate Brittain, located at Millbank (tip: look to the other side of the Thames and you'll see the building of the MI6, as seen on Skyfall - James Bond).

And.. best of all tips: bring a selfie stick! You'll feel like a total idiot, but believe me, you'll come home with the best and funniest group pictures you've ever seen!

[holiday pictures, What Rose Likes]

June 24, 2015

STILL LIVE - ARNOUT VAN ALBERDA

Arnout van Alberda is a Dutch painter, who specializes in still lives. But they're not just 'still lives'  as I know them from the book or the art gallery. These have a little twist on them. I'd never thought that a piece of meat would make such a fun painting and yet looks like an old Dutch master piece.
'Arnout van Alberda (1968) was educated at the Academie Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands. Precise observation and craftsmanship play a central role in his work. At first sight, his paintings seem to be painted very fine. At a closer look, it applies that some details are left out. The suggestion is most important.' (vanalbada.nl)


All paintings are oil paint on masonite.

[Images from vanalbada.nl]

June 11, 2015

MUGS

Look, how nice. Back in the shops - or when you're lucky, you can find them at flee markets (it has been a trend before, hasn't it). Why they are so nice? Those colors!
First one is from Leif and is for sale, the second are from Anthropologie and already out of stock.


[Images via Leif and Anthropologie]

May 20, 2015

LATEST PAINTING: GIRAFFE

Painting course ended this week. Last month I painted this baby giraffe, based on an image from the animalprintshop.com.




Sold.

[Image by what rose likes]

November 9, 2014

Deventer today

Sometimes you just have to give it a go again and restart. Like this afternoon - I just couldn't resist. The views on my short walk to the supermarket made me stop like ten times, picturing the sky and this beautiful city.



[pictures by what rose likes - iphone]