Happy New Year from West Bay in Dorset

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS THE WHITE BOX AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE NEW GALLERY VISITS IN 2022. KEEP SAFE AS ALWAYS. We eventually found a gallery to visit in December on the coast in Dorset. Sladers Yard was well worth it in on a very wet wintry day to see some exciting…

A Visit Last Summer to King’s College Cambridge.

Cambridge was one of the many places we visited last summer and as we are in virtual lockdown at the moment I am returning in my writing to the city. There are many iconic buildings in Cambridge but probably head and shoulders above the rest is King’s College Chapel. Be it on one of those…

Happy Christmas and The Portinari Altarpiece  

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FOLLOWERS OF THE WHITE BOX AND KEEP SAFE IN THESE UNUSUAL TIMES. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. GORDON. The Portinari Altarpiece is one of the most complex descriptions of the nativity from the fifteenth century, crammed full of symbolism. I came accross it while looking for a painting of Joseph and Mary’s…

The Adoration of the Shepherds – A Question for you at Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve everyone. My new header is an altarpiece painted by the Flemish artist, Hugo van der Goes in 1475 as a private devotion piece for the Medici banker, Tommaso Portinari. It’s central theme is the Adoration of the Shepherds from Luke’s Gospel, but is crammed with religious symbolism, more of which later. But…

I Saw Three Ships (2)

I Saw Tree Ships, my December painting of the month, attracted a discussion with my friend, Ted Carroll. The question was whether the “Three Ships” were those that legend has it brought Jesus to Glastonbury, across the Somerset Levels. Well…there’s a challenge. The problem is discerning legend and truth and what is the evidence. There…

December Painting of the Month – I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships was my Christmas painting of the month, two years ago, with the exquisite watercolour by Walter Crane. This was all prior to the coronavirus pandemic which has dominated our lives since. It has always been one of my favourite carols with its poetic words of rejoicing and enticing melody. The tune…

December Painting of the Month – I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships was my Christmas painting of the month, two years ago, with the exquisite watercolour by Walter Crane. This was all prior to the coronavirus pandemic which has dominated our lives since. It has always been one of my favourite carols with its poetic words of rejoicing and enticing melody. The tune…

René Magritte and comparing Surreal Concepts in Modern and Medieval Art  

Magritte’s surrealistic ideas of the mid twentieth century epitomise’s that period’s growing interrelationship between language and visual representation. It is my favourite and easiest example to see how philosophy’s obsession with language and truth filters into the visual arts. “This is not a pipe”, Magritte says but it clearly is… and then again it is…