Camille Pissarro, My January Painting of the Month

Snow and ice has been the main protagonists of January’s weather. So I thought my painting of the month could be representative of the conditions. Few artists have utilised winter themes because of the limited palette and, simply, the difficulties in painting. Peter Bruegel the Elder famously painted Hunters in the Snow in 1565 representing both the…

Camille Pissarro, My January Painting of the Month

Snow and ice has been the main protagonists of January’s weather. So I thought my painting of the month could be representative of the conditions. Few artists have utilised winter themes because of the limited palette and, simply, the difficulties in painting. Peter Bruegel the Elder famously painted Hunters in the Snow in 1565 representing both the…

Henry Moore, Coal Mining and St Albans. 

St Albans is not a city one would normally associate with coal mining or the sculptor, Henry Moore. However there is a superb exhibition currently at the St Albans Art Gallery focussing on Moore’s wartime sketches and drawings: Henry Moore – Drawing in the Dark. Henry Moore was primarily a sculptor and his works adorn…

European Stained Glass Window in Dorset

St Andrew’s in Trent is a truly sumptuous parish church on the Dorset and Somerset border not far from Yeovil. It is like a museum of fine art in a parish church and keeps drawing me back. There is a plethora of interesting furnishings from a superbly carved chancel screen (supposedly by the monks of…

Happy Christmas from The White Box

Happy Christmas everyone.  My choice this year again evokes the Italian Renaissance. Sandro Botticelli painted The Mystical Nativity around 1500. As well as being a superb piece of art it is also very interesting, telling a somewhat subversive story, for its day, and maybe contributing to the down slide in the artist’s fortunes. When the…