Preservation 50 Friday: London’s Lightship

Trinity House Lightship

Trinity House Lightship, London UK copyright

I admire the art of JMW Turner. When I visited London this past winter, I stopped by the Tate Britain Museum. I was excited about the museum because Turner bequeathed over 300 paintings to the Tate.

A few days before visiting the Tate, I had traveled to Trinity Buoy Wharf to sketch London’s only Lighthouse. While there I also sketched the Trinity House Lightship. As I sketched, I thought about Turner and pondered how I could pay tribute to him.

Back in the United States, I looked at my yellow foreground and became inspired when I thought about how much Turner used yellow. According to the book “How to Paint like Turner”, “Some of Turner’s most daring and experimental innovations centered around his use of yellow. It seems to have been his favorite color and he used it liberally. ” “For more than thirty years his use of yellow became one of the most frequently mentioned aspects of his art, with critics variously accusing him of yellow fever”…


London: Touched by an Angel

The Tower Bridge of London.

The Tower Bridge of London.

I heard that London was pricey so I knew the hotels would be in the New York range. In Paris, I stayed in mediocre hotels because I traveled with a group. Traveling with my daughter, I thought I had more leverage in selecting a quality hotel.

When an angel awoke me at 3 am, I began searching for hotels. It was then that I spotted the Nadler Victoria in Westminster. Forty five travelers on Tripadvisor had given it a thumbs up and it was rated number five out of over a thousand hotels in London. The price was lower than other hotels so I booked a room.

My excitement subsided when my daughter disagreed with my choice. She argued we could find a cheaper hotel. I countered “Have you ever seen 45 people agree on anything?” Undaunted she persisted in looking elsewhere.. Disappointed, I agreed to let her look elsewhere if she could find a similar hotel with the same or better ratings. She sent me several options in other localities. “But look at the distance,” I asked. “When you consider that and the final price it’s really not that much of a difference.” This discussion went on for a little more than a week.

Finally the stalemate broke when the Nadler had a 30% off sale on prepaid rooms. She rebooked the room at the lower rate and we were all set.

As we departed the Stansted London airport, my daughter quipped “I’m really looking forward to the┬áhotel.”