Monday, 27 November 2017

Reclining Figure by Henry Moore

This sculpture is displayed in the Tuileries Garden in Paris, not far from the Orangerie Museum.

Reclining Figure - Bronze by Henry Moore (1951)

Monday, 23 October 2017

Pebbles and Shells

Pebbles and Shells - Oil on canvas panel (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Art on Sainte-Adresse beach near Le Havre

Not far from Havre (France), Sainte-Adresse is a former fishing village, which became later a seaside resort.

Monet, Corot or Raoul Dufy came to paint the sea at Sainte-Adresse.

Claude Monet stayed in Sainte-Adresse in the home of his aunt, Sophie Lecadre, from June 1867 until near winter and painted many canvasses there. Just search on the Internet for “Sainte-Adresse Monet” and you will be rewarded with a good collection of Monet’s works.

The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, 1867 - Oil on canvas (75.8 x 102.5 cm) by Claude Monet – Collection Art Institute of Chicago

There is today a nice (and sometime windy) walk along the coast. The beach is full of pebbles of various size and some artists have made the most of it.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Kelmscott Manor Oil painting

You can learn more about Kelmscott Manor in my previous post: A visit to Kelmscott Manor: William Morris’ house.

Kelmscott Manor - Oil painting (18"x14") by Benoit Philippe

Friday, 15 September 2017

Swindon Open Studios 2017

This week-end, I will be again at the Richard Jefferies Museum for the second week-end of the Swindon Open Studios 2017.

How to find me.

View of the museum from the street (over the wall)

Look for this sign

Come through the gates

Take the back entrance of the building

Once in the building, go straight to the stairs. You will see a few paintings in the staircase. The rest is in the room upstairs

Work in progress: a pencil drawing of an old olive tree


  • Saturday 16th September 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday 17th September 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Address of the Richard Jefferies Museum

Richard Jefferies Museum
Marlborough Road, Coate,
Swindon SN3 6AA

A page with maps and explanations to find the Museum.

There is some limited parking at the museum.
The museum is next to the Sun Inn Pub and the Coate Water park

Further information on SOS 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Red Apples

Red Apples - Oil on canvas board (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe

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