IF you can keep your head when all about you ….

Born on this day in 1865 – Joseph Rudyard Kipling.  English journalist, story telling, author and poet, famous for giving us The Jungle Book, Kim and of course the beautiful poem If….. If IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for … Continue reading IF you can keep your head when all about you ….

World Violin Day

Apparently today is world violin day.  Not being particularly musical I thought I’d give this one a bit of a more visual art take.  So below are some of my favourite violin themed artworks, including my own creation a metal violin I made on a welding weekend I attended with my husband which was rather bizarre but great fun Picasso, Nina Aide and John Benson … Continue reading World Violin Day

8 Dec – On This Day…….

On this day in 1922 one of my favourite artists Lucian Freud was born in Berlin.  Son of a Jewish architect and grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian moved with his family to the UK in 1933 to escape the rise of the Nazis.  His paintings are haunting, giving a sense of the raw, psychological state of his sitters.  I’ve sadly never had the opportunity to … Continue reading 8 Dec – On This Day…….

On This Day….

  1789 saw the US’ 1st National Thanksgiving 1865: Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” was published in the US 1922 Archaeologist Howard Carter opened Tutankhamun tomb in Egypt 1953: The House of Lords voted in favour of commercial television.  Pressure had been increasing to end the BBC’s monopoly on broadcasting and peers backed the Conservative Government’s proposals for the introduction of commercial television – despite … Continue reading On This Day….

On This Day – Lautrec, JFK and so long Freddie…

In 1859 British naturalist Charles Darwin published his ground breaking work “On the Origin of the Species” In 1864 Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born.  A French painter, printmaker, caricaturist and illustrator, his work depicted the colourful, decadent, provocative and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century. (https://www.toulouse-lautrec-foundation.org/) In 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald was assassinated in a Dallas … Continue reading On This Day – Lautrec, JFK and so long Freddie…

On This day

In 1923 the American pop artist Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born.  His work defines the pop movement, inspired by comic strip artwork and newspaper print techniques his creations are a tongue in cheek take on the advertising age.  Ironically his creations have inspired numerous brands logos and advertising campaigns. In 1932 Sylvia Plath was born – US poet and novelist In 1954 – Marilyn Monroe … Continue reading On This day

On This Day…..

On this day….. In 1890:  American artist Man Ray was born.  Born Emmanuel Radnitzkyhe spent most of his career in France. Generally known for his Dada and surrealist creations. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. In 1965 Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier died.  A Swiss … Continue reading On This Day…..