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 [...]

The Gathering Storm

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 [...]

Easter Eggs

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 [...]

The Grand National

The Grand National

Many of you may have been following Cheltenham Races this week. Seeing the green and yellow hooped silks of John P McManus is reminiscent of this spectacular live action work of the 1953 Grand National (SOLD). This 20th century English school painting depicts jockeys at Becher's Brook going around for the second time at the 1953 Grand National. [...]