Art · Christmas · Uncategorized · Winter

Season’s Greetings!

Here’s a last-minute idea for a home-made Christmas card but it could be used for other celebrations; as one of my young students said she’s going to save it for her mother’s birthday. The candle effect is made with wax resist and the whole card will take you about 30 minutes to make including drying… Continue reading Season’s Greetings!

Art · colour · composition · draughtsmanship · Monet Impressionism · Uncategorized · Winter

Let it snow!

Seasons Greetings! Here are some of my favourite snow scenes. Hunters in the snow by Bruegel the elder 1563 Surely this painting is in everyone’s favourite snow paintings. The composition is flawless, we are there with the hunters surveying the wintry scene below. The ice-tone cool colours giving the feeling of relentless cold.The bending bodies… Continue reading Let it snow!

Art · design tube poster · tactile · Uncategorized

All hail the design of the tube

Before the advent of the tube I don’t think anyone could have predicted just what a wonderful source of design inspiration it would become. Starting with the tube map designed by Harry Beck in 1931. I think this design must surely rank as one of the best designs of the 20th century. It gives all… Continue reading All hail the design of the tube

Art · drawing · Leonardo da Vinci · Uncategorized

What’s it’s worth?

The price of anything is only worth what anyone is willing to pay for it be it a can of beans or in this case a Leonardo da Vinci  painting Salvator Mundi which was recently sold for the jaw dropping sum of $400 million or £301 million. There has been a lot of speculation that… Continue reading What’s it’s worth?

Baroque · painting · Uncategorized · vanitas

‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’

‘Vanities of vanities, all is vanity’ Ecclesiastes 1: 2-3 This text was to form the foundation of a new genre of art known as vanitas still-life paintings with a moral context a reminder of humanity’s morality. This genre of painting reached its zenith in the baroque period particularly in the low countries with their strong… Continue reading ‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’

The Scythians · Uncategorized

“A thrilling journey”

 That was how one national newspaper described The British Museum’s latest block buster exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia which runs until the 14th of January.  The exhibition has been given five stars by all the press and I would say richly deserved. The strap line of the exhibition runs “Prepare to meet the Scythians”… Continue reading “A thrilling journey”

Monet Impressionism · Uncategorized

Capturing the light

Charring Cross Bridge Claude Monet 1903 This is a little reminder of the forth coming Monet exhibition to be held at Tate Britain. According to the press blurb never before have so many Monet canvases been shown together in one exhibition. I can remember the last big blockbuster Monet exhibition held at the R.A. where for… Continue reading Capturing the light