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The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy

The subject matter has woven its way into our collective consciousness, but it has perhaps never been so beautifully described as in this poem by the current poet laureate (and the first woman to hold the post), Carol Ann Duffy. … Continue reading

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Homage to Correggio’s Jupiter and Io (Original oil on canvas)

I fell in love with Correggio’s Jupiter and Io many years ago and this oil on canvas (100 cm x 50 cm) is in homage to it. The scene comes from Roman mythology, with the god Jupiter disguising himself as … Continue reading

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Muse Euterpe (Original oil on canvas)

This is one of the oils on canvas from an exhibition in November 2011 exploring the muses (the ancient Greek mythological goddesses of the arts), nature, beauty and the female form. All are welcome – details to be posted nearer … Continue reading

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L’Automobile

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Christmas at Richmond Farmers’ Market

There is a charming French-style farmers’ market held in Heron Square, Richmond, once a week; it’s my favourite place to be on a Saturday morning. At this time of the year there’s fresh game – duck, guinea fowl and pheasant. … Continue reading

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The Art of Seduction – Picasso’s Figures on a Beach

Pablo Picasso’s sexual desire was a driving force throughout his life and provided inspiration for the eroticism (both blatant and subtle) found in many of his works. One of my favourite surrealist images, Figures au Bord de la Mer (usually … Continue reading

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The Smile of the Pharaoh

The statue spoke to me… and I fell immediately in love. Carved in black basalt, it depicts the ancient pharaoh Tuthmosis III (Thutmose III), who ruled Egypt in the mid 1400s BC.  It is displayed at the Luxor Museum, a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson

Today’s entry is in honour of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894), who has given me so much literary pleasure over the years. As a child, immersed in the world of Treasure Island (1883), I would have given … Continue reading

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Locking Eyes with the Wolf

I love all animals but have always felt an almost sacred kinship with wolves. To me they represent wildness of heart and freedom of spirit. Their piteous howls seem to encapsulate, in a single sound, all the despair and anguish … Continue reading

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On Love-sick Winds (Exploring Shakespeare’s Cleopatra)

Cleopatra VII of Egypt may not have been the great physical beauty that she is portrayed in literature and art, but she was certainly highly charismatic, a brilliant strategist and a worthy source of inspiration. Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra shows … Continue reading

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