I recently went on my first OCA study trip at the Sainsburys Centre for Visual Arts at UEA in Norwich. There was approximately 8 students (all on different pathways) but with a love of art and our tutor for the day was Hayley Lock. Initially we were shown round with a guide and then were… Continue reading Paul Nash Retrospective – OCA Study Day
Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days soaking up the delights of Barcelona. Having visited almost 20 years ago, I was surprised how much it had changed. I was keen to visit at least one museum and gave the Picasso Museum ago. I have seen many of Picasso’s works in various… Continue reading Picasso or bust! A flying trip to Barcelona and the Picasso museum
I recently visited the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden to see their latest exhibition based on one of the Great Bardfield set – George Chapman. Chapman is known primarily for his visual art of the Rhondda valley where he moved to in the 1950s from Great Bardfield. This is how I knew of him but… Continue reading George Chapman: 1908-1993 From Bardfield to the Rhondda exhibition
I came across a fantastic new book through the powers of online viral marketing which I decided to buy. ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’ is a brilliant book highlighting 100 heroic women from the past to present day and was written to inspire today’s young female generation. Written by two female authors – Elena… Continue reading Better than a bedtime story….
So it’s Mother’s day and my boys have whisked me off for a weekend by the sea (well it beats making over 500 burgers for the rugby match we should have been at!). The skies were blue and weather was incredible. We headed for the North Norfolk coast and after spending some time at the… Continue reading A lovely day for sketching
Today is Sunday, and I dropped by son off at a Cub Scout gathering in town, which left me with an hour or so to grab some artists pens and other materials I was short of. The shop next to WHSmith is a charity shop and as I glanced in the window I saw a… Continue reading An Unexpected Discovery
So a couple of days ago, we had the warmest day of the year so far. It was stunning, early spring day full of sun and blue sky. I decided to take the dog for a walk around my local stately home grounds now that it has reopened for the season. Audley End House in… Continue reading A Day of Shadows and Patterns