Last year’s visit to the Baltic on the bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle gave me a chance to see the work of two artists, both new to me: Tony Swain and Ida Ekblad. It is a contemporary gallery and past visits have challenged and rewarded me. This was no different. I need your … More Exhibitions at the Baltic, Newcastle
Look away now! if you don’t want to see something bright, quirky, conversational, colourful, entertaining, bouncy, bubbly, amusing and Beautiful! It is “Two Pugs, Sharrowvale Road” by Victoria at Neo Watercolour. From Sheffield UK 2013! We are proud owners of a limited edition giclee print (‘fast-tracked from the UK’ and recently retrieved from the framer)! … More Drum roll……………………It’s Neo Watercolour!
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Sharmanka: Gothic Kinetic! This artistic trio started out in Leningrad but have been based in Glasgow since the mid-90s. If you live in Scotland (or visit), they may be familiar to you. “‘Sharmanka’ is the Russian word for ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and is a collaboration between sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya and light and sound … More Delights of Regional Museums – Sharmanka
One of the week’s oops moments and a chastening reminder that pressure can engender carelessness happened this morning. Like the beautiful Aquarius (but attired in fleecy clothing) I carted water downstairs to wash the studio window. As I put down the bucket of water with added methylated spirits I noticed that there were pools of … More The moon is waning (things are looking up)
A couple of blogs this week have inspired me to step back into Tate Liverpool. Arriving in the UK at dawn after the 21 hour journey plus the 5 hours in transit has almost ruined London for me. It is a hit-the-ground-running (on empty) experience. In 2010 it was difficult to do the Tate Modern … More HOORAY 4 Tate Liverpool!
Chocolate, my brother assures me, is one of the five food groups. Hence essential for artists, but for art? Do you remember the term “chocolate box” referring to art or photography? It usually referred to landscapes of Swiss mountains and lakes – imagine Heidi or The Sound of Music – or sentimental scenes of children. … More Chocolate and Art