Category Archives: Art history

The history of art, artist biography, techniques and more.

The making of an artist

For some time now, I’ve had a half-formed post just hovering there without the words having arrived… All I had to build it on were some photos from the galleries taken on my recent visit to Nottingham Castle Museum in … Continue reading

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The dance of dark and light

A recurrent theme of my paintings (for a couple of years now) has been light coming through windows and what started as an aesthetic fixation gradually revealed itself to be the very way that I was exploring this theme in … Continue reading

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Monet’s fish tank

On visiting Paris last month, we had the usual dilemma of how to make the most of our time but there was one place on the list that was completely non-negotiable. L’Orangerie had left an indelible mark on my psyche … Continue reading

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Energy art for the new era

“The setting sun ignites a tree into a fiery red glow that cannot help but touch upon, and so influence, all of the surrounding foliage. Being grounded, the tree seems to draw light down deep into the Earth and sustains … Continue reading

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Fragments of sky, boxes of clouds

Skies and clouds are far from new subjects for me but my latest are a detour away from oil on canvas…to the use of oil on paper, something I’d never tried before.  With no expectation as to how successful the … Continue reading

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The Unseen Artist – Rex Whistler

An exhibition entitled “The Unseen Rex Whistler” at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, 39 Brook Street London will have me jumping on a train later this month. I’ve nurtured a soft-spot for twentieth-century artist Whistler for a number of years … Continue reading

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Hay-ho, We Must Be Home!

A typical sight across the English countryside in late August is that of hay bales spaced out in fields and across hillsides and it is one that I love deeply, not least for being something that signals to me that … Continue reading

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“Charleston” (or, On Painting a Painter’s Garden)

I’ve waxed lyrical about Charleston before, in a much earlier post, and my most recent painting is my own tribute to a garden – indeed a place – that had a massive impact on me when I first visited it over … Continue reading

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Sparkles and spirals: The Courtauld Collection

Embarrassing to admit but the visit I made to Courtauld Gallery the other week (see earlier post) was my first.  Being up in London for an appointment that was dispensed with by the other side of lunchtime, I decided to … Continue reading

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Dust motes and radiance: windows in art

I recently set about painting a window, a newish painting subject for me although I have tackled it once before, many years ago, and frequently in my sketches.  I’d decided on the subject long before I’d pinpointed the exact window … Continue reading

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