Friday, 16 June 2017

Fresh Air 2017 Sculpture exhibition

This is a great show for a sunny weekend. The garden is beautiful and an ideal setting for the many different scupltures on show (metal, glass, textile, etc.). You will easily spend one to two hours wandering around the different part of the garden.

Below are some photos to give you an idea of the variety of sculptures on display. I gave credit to the artist whenever I had the information.

Richard Cresswell

Sally Matthews Boar

Viviana Rossi-Caffell

Alan Goulbourne

Alison Berman

Alison Munby

Carol Peace

Carole Andrews

Colleen du Pon

Sparrows - Emily Lawlor 

Emily Lawlor

Melissa Cole

Practical details

Fresh Air Scupture Show 2017
11 June to 2 July 2017 –
Open 10:00am to 5:00pm - Including weekends
Admission is £5 for adults, children 18 yrs and under free

Quenington Old Rectory,
Quenington, Cirencester,
Gloucestershire GL7 5BN

Parking on the village green (easy and free)

Monday, 29 May 2017

A visit to Kelmscott Manor: William Morris’ house

William Morris (1834-1896) was the father of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Kelmscott Manor, a seventeenth-century house, is located in the Cotswolds, not far from Lechlade on Thames. William Morris lived there with his family until the end of his life and is buried in the nearby church. He signed a joint lease for the property with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. 

The house contains works by Morris, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and others. 

The Green Room, the Morris' sitting room. 

The settle (1860) was originally made for Red House at Bexleyheath

Engravings by Burne-Jones

Dante Gabriel Rossetti used the Tapestry Room as bedroom and studio.


The wallpaper in the bedroom is a design by William Morris

Morris' fabrics are also in most of the rooms.

Penelope – Wall hanging designed by William Morris and worked y Bessie Burden.

Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris) – Oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)

The photographs are not the best because of the reflection coming from the nearby window. You can visit the site ART UK.

William Morris on his deathbed – Pencil drawing by Charles Fairfax Murray

practical details for your visit

Kelmscott Manor
Kelmscott, Lechlade GL7 3HJ
United Kingdm

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Modern sculptures at the Phoenix Art Museum

Moon and the Oar (Luna y el remo) [1974] – painted steel and wire, by Alexander Calder

The Cock (El Gallo) – Red and black painted sheet metal, by Alexander Calder

Aloe (El áloe) [1969] – Polished cast bronze by Barbara Hepworth

Jurassic Age by Sui Jianguo

Mass (Colder Darker Matter) – Burnt wood, wire and string, by Cornelia Parker (British, born in 1956)

Mass (Colder Darker Matter) is made from the charred remain of a Texas Baptist church that was struck by lightning. The London-based artist conceived this work while a resident at ArtPace in San Antonio.

The Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – USA

Friday, 21 April 2017

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist who has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism".

White Rose (1928) - Oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe (Collection of The Phoenix Art Museum)

White Rose is an example of her paintings of enlarged flowers she was best known for. 

Pink Abstraction (1929) - Oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe (Collection of The Phoenix Art Museum)

Pink Abstraction is most certainly derived from an enlarged flower and shows how her figurative paintings led O'Keeffe towards abstraction.

The Apple (1920-22) - Oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe (Collection of The Phoenix Art Museum)

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The Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – USA

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Drawing at SIP Coffee & Beer Garage (Phoenix – Arizona)

While in Phoenix, I had lunch at SIP Coffee & Beer Garage. As the name suggests, it is a converted garage where you can sip coffee and beer… They also make nice salads. As I was driving, I stayed away from the beer and had an iced-coffee instead. I recommend this place: great atmosphere, good food, good music, and welcoming staff.

I did two sketches.

Singer-Songwriter Brian Keith Wallen ( ) was playing some live music. I like his music and bought his last CD, "Going Back Home"  

Brian Keith Wallen

Iced coffee

SIP Coffee & Beer Garage
3620 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018