Monthly Archives: March 2012

Irresistible Venice (or, why I just have to keep going back)

It seems to be have been the pattern of my adult life that I go back to Venice, pretty much on the nail, every five years. On a couple of occasions, I’ve managed to get back there even more quickly … Continue reading

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When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of ceramic daffodils

I’m not always a big fan of installation art – some of it just leaves me “cold” – but I came across this field of daffodils, entitled Out of Sync, by Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere outside Somerset House in London yesterday and … Continue reading

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Cloud Watching

So often taken for granted, the sky is the ever-changing backdrop to our lives, the most variable aspect of the world around us. While the physical forms that make up our world remain, by and large, the same, the sky … Continue reading

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Hockney’s A Bigger Picture – A Painter’s Viewpoint (Two Exhibitions: Part 2)

As promised in Two Exhibitions: Part 1 on the subject of Lucian Freud Portraits, here’s part two of my day out at London’s biggest exhibitions of the moment – this time David Hockney’s A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy. … Continue reading

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On the very important role of Nature in the consciousness of humanity

              As a footnote to my post about David Hockney’s “A Bigger Picture” I have been inspired to write this spin-off post about the very great importance of our natural environment to all of us, … Continue reading

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Lucian Freud Portraits – A Painter’s Reaction (Two Exhibitions: Part 1)

March 1st has been highlighted red  in my diary for weeks as the day that I would be visiting London’s two big exhibitions of the moment: Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery and David Hockney’s  A Bigger Picture … Continue reading

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