Tuesday, 3 July 2018

" Sea of Crete"

                          Warm, turquoise coloured water stretching out across the bay to
                          Chania the second largest city on the Greek island of Crete.
                         "The Sea of Crete" is located in the southern extremity of the
                          Aegean ,reaching from the North of the island to the East where
                          it joins the "Libyan Sea"   

                                            "Sea of Crete" - Acrylic on canvas 20" x 20"

Monday, 2 July 2018

Somerset gallery

                      As the warm sunny weather continues I paid a visit to the Andelli
                      art gallery near the city of Wells, Somerset, England.
                      Set within rolling countryside the gallery is sited within the home of
                      Ellie Jones, a former graphic designer and passionate collector.

                      The interior has a cool, modern feel that displays the artwork, both
                      contemporary and twentieth century, to best effect.

Gallery interior
                      The current exhibition, with only a few days left to run, is by the
                      late Somerset artist, Kate Noble. 

Current exhibition featuring the work of Kate Noble
With ongoing exhibitions and a planned "pop-up" exhibition in Bristol
England later this year, Andelli have found a unique way to bring affordable
   art to the public. Check out their website www.andelliart.com (hover mouse   
if website fails to appear due to white on black type )
Photographs courtesy of Andelli.               

Saturday, 23 June 2018

"Reflections on Chania"

                      I'm looking out across the bay. The sun sparkling on the water and in the
                      distance the city of Chania appears in a blue mist in the afternoon sun. 

I'm staying just outside Chania at Agio Apostoli in North West Crete.
The local bus drops me in the square of the "Old Town" and I'm on a
short walk past the tourist shops and restaurants , heading towards the
picturesque Venetian harbour. I stop at a narrow alleyway set back from    
the road and enter a small courtyard leading to the Chania folk museum,
a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of early evening Chania.
Entrance to the museum

Then,on to the harbour with the numerous restaurants and tavernas
busily trying to compete with each other for the tourist's custom.
The building though that captures my attention is the 17th. century
former mosque "Giali Tzamisi" or "mosque of the bay" which now houses
events and exhibitions.
"The Mosque at Chania"
At the entrance to the harbour stands the Chania lighthouse, over 500
years old and one of the oldest in the world.
A quiet spot away from the crowds!
A few days later I catch the quirky "roadtrain" that takes a
three hour trip towards the Therissos gorge. Wending our way
through the orange and olive groves and small villages, all the time
seeing, in the distance, the "White Mountains" so called because the
limestone gives an impression of snow-capped peaks.
"White Mountains"
Then on through the gorge with an abundance of grazing goats
until we reach the village of Therissos itself, stopping for a beer
and feta pastries.

Friday, 22 June 2018

" Return to Crete"

                     A recent visit to the lovely Greek island of Crete. These are some small
                    acrylic on canvas "rough cut" paintings to be developed into final artwork.
                    A response to the light and landscape of the region of Chania.



Thursday, 31 May 2018

"Neil Murison RWA 1930 - 2018"

                   Today was the funeral of our friend and colleague Neil Murison RWA.
                                 He was a great artist and inspiration to us all.
                          (see my previous blog "Artist in Focus No.2" from July 2015)

                                                    "Neil in his studio at "The Grange"

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


                        We're entering the brightly lit tunnel. From Copenhagen this is a fast
                        way to cross the "Oresund" via the bridge that links Denmark to Sweden.
                        We're not "underground" so much as "undersea" as we emerge into bright
                        sunshine and cross the bridge itself, the sun glinting off the water as we
                        make our way to the Southern part of Sweden.

"Oresund"-  Acrylic on canvas  20" x 20"   

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

"Scandinavia" - Part 2 - Denmark

                Waking up to bright sunshine, our destination today is the contemporary
                 art gallery "Louisiana" a short distance North of Copenhagen.
                 On arriving at the packed car park it seems that everyone else had the
                 same idea. No matter, although the exterior of the gallery hints at a small
                building, the modern extensions mean that the space never seems unduly

                 Starting our tour in the beautiful gardens where sculptures by Moore,
                 Miro, Calder etc. look out over the sun dappled water, we move inside,
                 where paintings by both Danish and international artists rub shoulders
                 with sculptures and drawings by Giacometti from their permanent collection.

The "blockbuster" Spring exhibition is a collection of ceramics by Picasso.
With over 150 pieces exhibited the presentation and lighting was superb.
Heading off for a late lunch we reach the picturesque fishing village of Dragor.
Wandering around the small harbour, I photographed the fishermen's huts and
narrow streets,before stopping at the Dragor Bistro for a typical Danish meal ,
before returning to Sweden, once more crossing the Oresund bridge.
"Hakkebof" meal at Dragor Bistro