National Portrait Gallery

Last week I took the train to London and had a good dose of art and culture.


I started in the National Portrait Gallery with the William Morrs Exhibiton “Anarchy & Beauty”

It was really interesting to read about Morris’s life and acquaintances.  He was very much a political animal as well as an artist and craftsman.




 The Exhibition info reads “Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.”

No photographs were allowed of course (as there never are when there is a book to buy – yes of course, its on the shelf).

For me the highlight was this embroidery by May Morris, worked in wools on linen.
“June frieze with view of Kelmscott Manor” 

Branches were transformed into trees and a medieval influence was clear.



Following William Morris I headed towards the Tudor portraits.

its the details that I love looking at – portraits can be a wonderful resource as I’m so interested in historical costumes and ornamentation.

Elizabeth I by Unknown artist early C17th.

Eliz I unknown earlyC17th


Katherine Parr, attributed to Master John, active 1554-54

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Mary I, Unknown artist, 1590-1610 

Mary I unknown 1590 1610

Sketchbook Work; Birds on a Branch

Another spread from the sketchbook for you to enjoy today.

Layers of jewel like deep and intense paints with a softer creamy surface.

Posts maybe a little erratic for a while as I’m having to travel to see my mother who is ill.  
As she lives 287 miles away I can’t just pop down for a quick chat.

Despite this (or maybe as a way of reducing stress) my mind is still designing away…

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Week 35

After I had completed this work, I realised how much it reminded me of work I painted a few years ago.

I really should do more of these when I get time.