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 [...]

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 [...]

War and Peace

War and Peace

We have all been captivated by the BBC adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace which has brightened up our Sunday evenings with the fabulous costumes, scenery and romance.We have followed the lives of Pierre, Natasha and Andrei, against the backdrop of war with Napoleon. Russian artists are very popular at the moment and Russian art is, as [...]

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. [...]