Some artists and the paintings they produce have the power to get us to pause, reflect and think on our life’s a sentiment worthy of consideration on this day of Palm Sunday. Christ greeted as a saviour only to be brought down and crucified. Segna di Bonaventura’s Crucifixion 1310-15 (The National Gallery) for me represents… Continue reading The fragility of life
I very much welcome Mothering Sunday as with its arrival signs of spring are evident everywhere and let’s face it those signs have never been more welcome after the glacial blasts of last February. There is indeed nothing like the Northern European spring and it has been much celebrated in all the arts but here… Continue reading The heralds of Spring!
Yesterday when I went to The Courtauld gallery amidst the Cezanne’s Renoir’s and Rubens I found this temporary display of this rather beautiful jug known as a puzzle jug. The puzzle is of course how does one get a drink when the jug is decorated with cut-out decorations. These types of jugs were first produced… Continue reading ” Come drink your fill but do not the spill!”
Since we are in the month of ‘love’ I thought I would share with you some of my favourite paintings featuring love. You will see from the selection that this covers all manner of interpretations. Botticelli’s Venus and Mars 1485 The theme of this painting is supposed to be Love conquers all; with Mars the… Continue reading The Look of Love!
My reception classes have been exploring collage in all its variants and varieties and this particular project using mixed media of tissue, pastel and paint has been particularly successful. The scrunching of the tissue, and the application of pastel and paint all help develop young children’s fine motor skills. In addition the project helps them… Continue reading Fabulous Fruits!
Being a tea rather than a coffee drinker the teapot has always held a particular appeal and with it of course that great British tradition ‘tea time’. My parents once had neighbours who owned the world’s biggest teapot collection with some two thousand plus teapots; to which I contributed two 1950’s examples which I found… Continue reading Tea for Two!
Tell me a story! Victorian paintings may not be your ‘thing’ but you cannot deny that the Victorians knew how to tell a good story. They recognised the power of a narrative from the stories of Walter Scott to the poems of Tennyson. Amongst the Victorian artists it is possibly William Powell Frith who was… Continue reading Painting of the month