CRUFTS

CRUFTS

The World's greatest dog show is upon us again from 8th- 11th March at the NEC in Birmingham. Crufts began in 1981 with about 2000 dogs taking part. This year dogs from 48 countries outside the UK will take part. Crufts is presented on TV by the ever popular Clare Balding. Featuring on the show [...]

WINTER

WINTER

We are in the midst of the coldest season,Winter, and it's time to look at how some famous artists have depicted snowy landscapes. One of a series of paintings by the artist which are held in Vienna showing a tired hunting party arriving back home to a bustling snowy scene. This picture is part of [...]

BESIDE THE SEASIDE

BESIDE THE SEASIDE

Rene Jerome Legrand 1953-1996 Children playing in the sea Oil on Canvas  Signed 20 x 28.5 cm Sold Post Brexit, 'staycations ' are in vogue and families are increasingly spending their holidays at British seaside towns. We are returning to a gentler bucket and spade type holiday started in the Victorian era. Rene Legrand 1923-1996 [...]

Fishing

Fishing

In Fishmongers Hall , under the west side of the foot of London Bridge there is a wonderful collection of historic fish paintings, sculptures and artefacts. Fishing is an ancient practice with  seafoods being a major part of our diet. Sea fishing is an exceptionally dangerous profession with unpredictable seas , freak waves and storms. [...]

THE SHIPPING FORECAST

THE SHIPPING FORECAST

Featured painting is Breaking Waves by Arthur John Black RIO 1855-1936. Find out more here.  This year marked the 150th anniversary of the Shipping Forecast. The Shipping Forecast is produced by the Met Office and broadcast by Radio 4 on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. When the ship, The Royal Charter, was wrecked by [...]

SUMMER FLOWERS    

SUMMER FLOWERS    

  One of the main events of the summer season is the Chelsea Flower Show.  It is held in May for five days by the Royal Horticultural Society and has been at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, since 1912. The worlds biggest annual flower show started in 1990 and is held in July at Hampton Court [...]

The Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition

'Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition displays works in a variety of mediums and genres by emerging and established artists '  Royal Academy. This year the guest curator at the Summer Exhibition was British sculptor Richard Wilson RA. Entry to the Exhibition is open to all artists and over 1200 pictures were hung [...]

Red Bull Air Race

Red Bull Air Race

  Norman Hoad 1923- 2014 Formula 1 Air Racing Oil on canvas. Signed 17" x 23" A highly talented artist specialising in aviation and animal subjects, Hoad studied under the renowned aviation artist Frank Wootten. With Wootten and others [including David Shepherd] he was a founder member of the Guild of Aviation Artists , later [...]

Springtime

Springtime

The clocks have sprung forward and Spring is now officially here, even though it is still a bit chilly. This painting, by Claude Cardon, sums up this feeling beautifully. It is a lovely tranquil pastoral scene with apple blossom and sheep, which so typifies his work. Claude Cardon exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1893- 1913, at the [...]