Sunday, 3 July 2016

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens in the centre of Glasgow (Scotland) are a great place to visit. Plant enthusiasts will love the glasshouses packed with tropical plants, cacti, ferns, orchids, etc.

The Kibble Palace (source: Wikimedia)

The Kibble Palace is a beautiful 19th-century wrought iron framed glasshouse. The outside is very elegant. The inside is quiet and an ideal place to reflect. All around, along the alley, are marble statues.




Eve – marble sculpture by Scipione Tadolini

Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, 
Glasgow City G12 0UE
Scotland

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The mountains of Thermopylae by Edward Lear



The mountains of Thermopylae - Oil on canvas (68.4 x 135 cm) by Edward Lear - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Edward Lear (1812–1888) first visited Greece and saw the Thermopylae, in northern Greece, in the summer of 1848. 

He painted this landscape a few years later, while he was studying under William Holman Hunt, one of the Pre-Raphaelite painters. The influence of the genre is obvious, with the bright colours, the use of purple, and the extremely fine brushwork.


The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail

The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail

The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail of the foreground on the left

The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail of the mountains in the background


The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail of the mountains in the background


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Queens Rd
Bristol BS8 1RL
England

Monday, 30 May 2016

Riot of irises - Oil on canvas

Riot of irises - Oil on canvas (14" x 18") by Benoit Philippe

After the yellow ones, some pale blue irises are now in bloom in the garden...

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Beetle sculpture by Nicola Hicks - Bristol, England


Beetle (2000) bronze by Nicola Hicks, @Bristol, Bristol (England)



A massive bronze of a beetle inspired by the Rhinoceros Beetle. It seats just outside the Bristol Aquarium, near the @Bristol centre (Bristol – England).

Its long thin antennae have been broken off by vandals and the artist, Nicola Hicks, has agreed to the casting of replacement screw-in antennae that are used on special occasions.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Yellow irises - oil painting

Making the most of the good weather we had last week-end, I painted these yellow irises that are in bloom in our back garden.

Yellow irises - Oil on canvas panel (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe