Its been a while since Gill and I had a day out with our sketchbooks, but we did manage it this week, and here's the result:
I'm not sure how widely publicised this has been in the 'real world' - but over the past few days I've discovered the most amazing thing. Google have created a site along the lines of their Street view cameras in Google Earth, where you can use similar technology to 'wander around' various well known art galleries and view the works on their walls. Amazing - and what a boost to getting all those famous paintings out there to those who can't physically travel to see them.
Check it out: http://www.googleartproject.com/c/faq
In the site, there's various ways to move around; you can look at the gallery layout, then click the room you'd like to go to, and voila, there you are - in virtual reality looking at the paintings. You can move up close to each painting, and are able to zoom in extremely close to many of them to check out the brushstrokes. There are various drop down menus; to choose a gallery, to choose a painting, to choose an artist, and there's also information on the paintings, or you can search for other paintings by the same artist and see which galleries hold them. So far, 17 galleries worldwide are involved with the aim to cover as many as possible. Its early days yet, but so far its looking very impressive.