See a Man About a Dog. Dogs in PaintingsMarch 6, 2019
The title sentence is one of the charming English euphemisms, usually used to apologize for one’s imminent departure or absence—generally to conceal one’s true purpose, such as going to use the toilet or going to buy a drink....
Keep Eating and Never Regret: Fat Thursday 2019February 28, 2019
Doughnuts, doughnuts… who wouldn’t be tempted by one freshly out of the bakery, covered in sweet coating and with a warm, creamy filling… Aaaaah… People dieting- no talk of calories or fats, you’re forbidden entry to today’s Fat...
Arenig School. Wild Bohemians and Welsh MountainsFebruary 19, 2019
A rollicking adventure with the Arenig School of automatic painting starring Augustus John, James Dickson Innes and Derwent Lees. Arenig Fawr is a majestic mountain in Snowdonia in Wales. Between 1911 and 1913 three unconventional artists lived and...
2019: Year of the Pig and Pigs in PaintingJanuary 4, 2019
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year closing the twelve-year lunar calendar cycle. It’s named after the Pig because according to the mythology, it was the last guest to arrive when the Jade Emperor (i.e. first god) or...
Russian Winter in Konstantin Korovin’s EyesDecember 20, 2018
If one thinks of winter in Russia, one usually imagines loads of snow, fur hats, and hip flasks filled with some warming drink… What was winter like to one of the most famous Russian Impressionists, Konstantin Korovin (1861–1939)?...
Scent of Orange in the Wintery Air: Portraits with OrangesDecember 17, 2018
What does winter smell to you like? For me, it’s the scent of cinnamon-spiced gingerbread, mulled wine, and of course mandarins. My grandma used to make Christmas decorations by spiking oranges with cloves, turning them into pomander balls....
The Lady with the DogNovember 20, 2018
The Lady with The Dog is the title I borrowed from Chekhov’s short story. It is a story of an affair, yet in art the dog quite often has been a symbol of fidelity. As you will also...
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