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Monday 22 July 2013


Had a busy last couple of weeks painting, drawing and making jewellery. 


I have just ordered some findings and as soon as I receive them I will be able to finish these latest pieces and upload the images onto the website for you to see.


On 11 July I once again visited London.  This time the trip was for my son's book launch on 12 July 2013 at Daunts Bookshop, a lovely old bookshop on Marylebone High Street.  The book, "Disraeli, or the two lives" has received some very good reviews in many of the large national newspapers. 



It is also fast climbing the Amazon list of top best selling books.


All my  three children are now working in London so it is a good excuse when I can to go up to London to visit them. 


This time the weather was hot and whilst in London I did also get the chance to visit the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which I really found interesting. I must remember next year to have something ready in time for the deadline date. The last and only time I entered the competition was in 2005 when my work, entitled "Edward and Me", was shortlisted but did not get through the final selection process.

Speaking of Art Galleries I have also just discovered The Harley Art and Craft Gallery at Welbeck near Worksop. This Gallery is situated on the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, close to the Derbyshire border. The estate has a very interesting history dating back to 1153 when it was founded as a monastery.  After  Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries it was bought by a member of the Royal Court and  became a family home.





Today the Gallery is housed on the old Gas Works and is named after Edward Harley  one of the greatest bibliophiles and collectors of his age.


The Gallery features different exhibitions throughout the year, it has a small craft shop, artists studios, workshops, events and a wonderful café with the most delicious scones.


The entrance to the Gallery is on the A60 between Mansfield and Worksop and it is well worth a visit.





Wednesday 12 June 2013


Just had a lovely few days visiting some of the most interesting and inspiring museums and galleries.

At the weekend went to London to visit my daughter who has recently moved to Putney and also touch base with her two brothers who also live in London.


On the Saturday it was not as warm as initially forecast, in fact the north of England (York in particular) had the better weather but that was not a problem as we spent the day exploring the V & A, somewhere I have not visited for quite some time. It was awe inspiring. So much to see - in fact too much to see in just one visit - will definitely have to go back again.

On Sunday it still was not as warm as the sunny north but that was not a problem as it was a good excuse to visit both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain. Both thoroughly enjoyable but on a personal level absolutely loved the Tate Britain. Will definitely need to go again next time I visit my offspring. Hopefully by then my feet will have recovered.


It is now Wednesday and after two days finishing two paintings have been today to visit the Hepworth Gallery at Wakefield. What an amazing place and what an asset to the north of England. The architecture of the building is a delight (having a thoroughly modern clean crisp contemporary style); the staff are extremely friendly, the quality and the service in the cafe excellent and the work of Barbara Hepworth outstanding.


However for me the paintings of William Scott were the icing on the cake they are absolutely gorgeous - the colours and simplicity of the work are pure magic. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of William Scott's birth, he was born on 15 February 1913 and died on 28 December 1989 from Alzheimer's. The exhibition of William Scott's paintings at The Hepworth runs until 29 September 2013. So if you get the opportunity visit the gallery before then it is well worth it and I am sure you will not be disappointed.


Admission to the Gallery is free, the only charge is for the car park which is £4.50. http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/