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 French Two girls playing in rock pools Oil on…

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 ‘luggers’ were large fishing vessels up to 55′…

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 a storm off Anglesey in 1859, 450 people lost…

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 and the many flower exhibits flank both sides of…

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 in the rooms by a panel of Royal Academians….

THE QUEENS 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY

It was the Queen’s official birthday this weekend and it was celebrated with a service at St Paul’s cathedral followed by the Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade. The finale of the celebrations was a giant street party on the Mall. Queen Elizabeth II is the great- granddaughter of Edward VII [1901-1940] who inherited the crown from his mother, Queen Victoria. Edward, known…

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 becoming vice-president. His works are on display at the…

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 Royal Society of British Artists and at the Walker Art…

The Gathering Storm

Storm Katie hit our shores at the weekend with gusts of wind in excess of 100 mph . It was, apparently, the 11th named storm of the season, causing disruption across much of England in the Easter holiday. This poor French girl hurrying barefoot along the coastal path, trying to escape the impending squall , is a very moody and powerful picture. Auguste Piron 1816-1895 The Gathering Storm Oil on…

Easter Eggs

Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are decorated eggs given to celebrate Easter or Springtime.The oldest tradition is to paint chickens eggs for decoration. Some people still do this with their children but make sure they give delicious chocolate eggs too. Eggs are a symbol of fertility and rebirth in many cultures and in Christian faith symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus from which He…