Subject Matters

I was reading the other day the top ten list of reasons for buying a painting and it made for interesting reading. Most people when having bought a painting and chatting about why they bought it, the reason was because “they like it”. Fair enough but coming across the interesting survey done by blogger Katherine Tyrell (Making a Mark) delves into this a little deeper. … Continue reading Subject Matters

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196 Houses full of artists

Once a year in Brighton it is teeming with artists all slotting into other peoples homes. In fact this May it will be 196 houses, 1200 artists and 14 trails to be precise. Homes turn into makeshift galleries for four weekends in May. Artists take on the role of  temporary gallery owners and welcoming hosts to visitors. Quite a job inviting not only other artists … Continue reading 196 Houses full of artists

Magnified and beautiful

The big block buster exhibitions this April are not really grabbing my attention and so I decided to visit the Courtauld Gallery, which is now top of my list, to see the Botticelli drawings. Set only in two rooms in near darkness it was busy. People were not far off nose to drawing to try and look into the world of another era. The tiny etched and ink drawings were faint but visible. Botticelli drew them in the 1480’s for Dante’s Divine Comedy and they are rarely shown or exhibited. Ten drawings ‘charting Dante’s imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise’. Continue reading “Magnified and beautiful”

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Dance in a small way

Resisting the urge to paint on enormous canvases has been out on the back burner for a while as I am enjoying creating these miniature imaginary stage worlds on paper. I have been watching and drawing dance for a while now. Taking elements of favourite poses and videos I am starting to place them in a setting that is both a reaction emotionally to the … Continue reading Dance in a small way