back and forth
National Portrait Gallery, via Vanity Fair
A mixed week. Engrossed in two things in completely different ways: a new book ("The-Post Birthday World"), and the Boston attack and news coverage. Found time to exercise more, but ate badly. Finished an assignment, but felt I didn't do the subject justice. Had a promising meeting with my boss, but got told off by someone else for a work-related matter. If everything is one step forward and one step back, that does leave me in the same place, and is that a good or bad thing?
One unequivocally good thing - Maggie Smith's portrait for the National Portrait Galley, by James Lloyd. I found it elegant, but unfussy, contemporary and classical, and thought it captured that playful dignity I've always admired in her. I also like the decision not paint her as a idealised, smooth-skinned figure - the textures of her face and elsewhere in the painting seem to reflect a rich, well-led life no?
And what a great outfit.
Have a great weekend everyone.