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Under the Tree: Print Panoramics

Another day, another excellent option for your Christmas shopping.

Print Panoramics are a cool online company that help you create amazing prints from your photos – something that would make a fantastic gift for a loved one.

You pick the size, style and type of print, upload your image and the team will print it for you, ensuring it looks the best.

The team at Print Panoramics have kindly offered my readers a 15% discount, valid until 31/12/2018 (UK only, includes shipping, minimum spend £50). Enter code MADSPP15

You can also follow Print Panoramics on Instagram and see some of their great images.

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Under the Tree: personalised art from Karishma, London Life Drawing Girl

Today’s gift idea is a bit different and something that could be ideal for an art loving friend or family member.

I’ll let Karishma, aka London Life Drawing Girl introduce herself;

“Hi, I’m Karishma, a 26 year old, London based artist. I love to draw and paint buildings and skylines around the world. These can be anything from a favourite city, a special building, or home. I work in the city by day and sketch in my spare time.”

If you want to buy someone an amazing hand drawn image of their favourite London landmark or somewhere that means something special then head to her website and order via the form or by email.

And Karishma has kindly offered all my followers a Christmas order discount – just add code MADS for a cool 10% off one of her drawings.

You can also follow Karishma and see some more of her amazing art on social media, Twitter, Instagram

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Tate Modern – Georgia O’Keeffe 

Today my lovely friend Ben moseyed on down to the Tate Modern to see the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. 

It doesn’t focus on her iconic flower paintings but rather on other work, starting with some of her earliest work and covering her gorgeous landscapes, from New York and New Mexico. 

It was really fascinating and her work is gorgeous, whether in colour or black and white. 

Obviously as I can read signs I didn’t take any photos in the exhibition but here are some of the postcards I picked up in the shop. 

Autumn Leaves – Lake George, N.Y 1924
Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 1932
Oriental Poppies 1927

I really recommend going if you get a chance. 

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MAD Museum, Stratford on Avon 

​You may well have read my post about my recent trip to Stratford – if not, why not? 

One of the places we visited was the MAD Museum – situated above some of the shops down the road from Shakespeare’s Birth Place. 

MAD stands for Mechanical Art and Design. 

I wasn’t convinced I’d be interested, but it was actually incredibly fascinating. 

Almost all of the exhibits were interactive, you pushed a button (or put your foot on the pedal, or clapped!) and it came to life. 

From clever wooden models that moved by a crank, to marble runs that far exceeded the one I had as a kid, the original Meccano ferris wheel, and so much more. 

I took a lot of photos, you were encouraged to, and recorded some videos of the brilliant creations moving. 

If you’re in that part of the world and looking for something a bit different to explore, I highly recommend it. 

Gold Clock – Gordon Bradt
Gremlins Vandalise Shakespeare – Victorian Model Workshop

Row Fish – John Morgan

I foolishly didn’t take down the names of all the exhibits I photographed, so if you are the artist, I’m sorry.