We were going to walk along to the Dean Gallery this afternoon but the weather, having been fine all morning, turned wet and windy after lunch. So we drove.
Here it is. It's now called Modern 2, which I myself think a more boring name than Dean Gallery.
We saw the Peploe exhibition - he was one of the Scottish Colourists (and I'm fairly sure was the painter of the pictures in my photo in the Kelvingrove). I should very much like to have this painting in my sitting room. It would match nicely. (I know that artists don't paint pictures to look pretty in sitting rooms - sorry Peploe - but this would bring out the crimson in my bits of glass.) I like the jug, the fruit, the colours, the angular shapes - you wouldn't expect roses and apples to look good painted in that cubist-ish way but they do. As I've said before, I like still lifes as long as they don't feature deceased furry things. And are pretty. It's possible that my artistic sensibilities aren't very subtle.
He also painted round things round - look at the curve on that vase.
Then, since the rain had stopped, we went for a minor walk by the Water of Leith.
I will not lie to you: Bondi Beach it wasn't. But it was better than working.
It is just me, or do you find it strange (and horrible) thinking of conflict in Timbuctu? I have to admit that I didn't know it was in Mali. I did know it was in Africa, though I always feel it ought to be in one of those distant countries ending in -stan: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan... all of which I'm ashamed to say I'd take a while to find on a map. Timbuctu is one of those places that has a separate existence in the imagination: mysterious, bright, scented.
Like Marrakech. Then there's St Paul, Minnesota, where one might bump into an Norwegian bachelor farmer on a trip to the city.
Scotland has some odd place names, such as Auchinshoogle, Drumnadrochit, Auchenblae, Clackmannan, Gowkthrapple. But I can't imagine anyone dreaming of an exotic stroll through the markets of Drumnadrochit. Edinburgh has Morningside, Juniper Green, Comely Bank, Silverknowes (which all sound lovely - and are reasonably pleasant, but not nearly as sylvan (these days anyway) as they sound).
Now for some piano practice. Goodness me, the lesson days come round quickly.