An education


The Portland Art Museum has a really good collection, from sculptures in the courtyard outside the entrance hall to prehistoric Chinese art,


modern woodblocks, dancing gods, Versailles artists and portraits


Impressionists and Roman Syrian art,


American artists,


and three generations of the Wyeth family.


From top to bottom: street art, Chinese artefacts from 200 BCE, Jiang Bibo, Shiva from S India, Buddha from China, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer x2, Gabriel Revel, Marianne Loyer, Alexandre Calame, Boucher, Gustavo Courbet and tomb carvings from Roman Syria, Julian Alder Weir x2, NC Wyeth, Eugene Speicher, Andrew Wyeth. Jamie Wyeth and Oswald Achenbach.

October 2017.

Drawing in


The Painter’s family (detail)


Another detail of The Painter’s family

Some time before I or any of us had even heard of hyyge, I had a short summer visit to Norway where I went to the National Gallery and strongly enjoyed the National bend for painting lots of pictures of people having breakfast. It’s very easy art to live with, and I found it immensely comforting. I particularly like this one for early winter with the lamplight on the faces, and the mix of snow, books and porridge.




Came across Kristy Kun’s incredibly tactile art at the Su Lam Chinese garden in Portland last month. I loved how in her interview for he show she said she just can’t stop her fingers from playing with fibres. Find Kristy on Instagram @opulentfibers

October 2017.



Loved this LAIKA exhibition at the Portland Art Gallery that opened last month. Families and solo visitors of all ages were going round, completely absorbed by the magical sets, frame drawings and cases full of props, puppets and special tricks.

all photos October 2017.



How luxurious are these fantastically vampish sketches by Helleu?


This is absolutely the ideal of beauty between 1900 and 1914 and I feel I could seriously get behind it…


All images via Pinterest.

The Angler

The Angler c.1912 by Sir William Orpen 1878-1931

I wonder if this William Orpen painting is currently on display in Tate Britain. It might not be in vogue enough for that trendiest of galleries, but it tells you so much about Edwardian England: the winged hat a knowing nod to Mercury and classical mythology, the trim hairstyle and tailoring of the still acceptably upper-class New Woman, the nostalgia for country pursuits and the echoes of baroque murals on family home ceilings in that dawn background… Also delightfully, delightfully pretty.

William Orpen, The Angler, 1912.