Once again the question of art institutions receiving funding from companies with questionable ethics has been in the news most recently the Sackler corporation with its possible links to the opiate scandal in the U.S. This may seem like a recent trend but the link between the arts and patronage or funding has its roots… Continue reading Dirty Money
No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Samuel Johnson Indeed when one needs subject mater I just take a walk down some of my favourite streets, in this case the district of Marylebone. Marleybone high street, pen & ink Marylebone… Continue reading London scenes
Last Friday I introduced my Year 3’s to the magic of modelling with wax and indeed it did seem like magic to them. This was part of an on-going project on the subject of Myths & legends with the theme of dragons. We began with drawings of dragons. We then moved onto making dragon prints… Continue reading Waxing lyrical
Last Tuesday it rained with the kind of rain that made you consider if building an ark was not an entirely logical and sane thing to do. So for the final part of my nocturnal interiors course we found ourselves settled into the cosy Victorian interior of The Warrington hotel in the Maida Vale area… Continue reading Nocturnal interiors…the final chapter
Michelangelo from the moment he burst onto the artistic scene of Renaissance was recognised for his greatness and indeed it could be said that he was the first figure to whom the word genius was first used. Since the 1500’s his star has remained constant and undimmed. Now in the recent exhibition at the R.A.… Continue reading It’s all a question of scale
If you are already an expert at hanging pictures, clocks or mirrors stop reading now if however you remove a lump of plaster as soon as you attempt to put a picture hook in the wall then read on. I used to certainly be the latter when it came to hanging pictures, until I discovered… Continue reading Hanging pictures; it’s as easy as 1,2,3!
This is the tittle of Tate Modern’s latest block buster show of Pierre Bonnard. His overwhelmingly colour sensual, sun filled pallet is the perfect show for a February day and one leaves with a spring in the step and an optimism that warmer, longer and brighter days are just around the corner. His art spans… Continue reading The colour of memory