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  • November in the garden

    …The Month to plant out your tulips…   This month the leaves will be falling thick and fast so sweeping them up will become a daily job to ensure that they don’t get too thick on the ground. Remember that all of the leaves you pick up will make...
  • The Darker Side of Art

    One of my roles as an art tutor is as an art history lecturer for adult education colleges, and whilst it’s always interesting to discuss paintings and how they are created, it is also extremely interesting to learn about the artists behind the canvas. One thing I have noted...
  • Burning the candle at both ends

    With autumn now in full swing the use of atmospheric candle light in your home becomes more popular. Trails of black smoke, a mushroom shaped wick and soot stains on the jar however, may be a lack lustre side effect of candle burning. Here are some tips to make...
  • In the Garden October

    The days are getting shorter and the garden is beginning to change. But just because the garden is starting to die back it does not mean it is the end of the gardening year. One of the stars of October has to be the Acer. As the temperatures start...
  • ‘The Arty Bit’

    Instead of using the more traditional methods of creating art such as oils, gouache, or acrylics, many artists are taking to the pen! Not just traditional pen and ink, there is now a growing number of graphics based marker pens being released into the art market. Pens such as...
  • Geometric grandeur

    With minimalist interiors remaining at the forefront of ‘on trend’ design, geometric lines, circles, hexagons and triangles have become popular additions in home décor no matter what the season. Geometric lines will enhance a minimalist space and create elegant patterns with sharp angular styles around your home. Circular geometric...
  • The Arty bit

    What to look for when in an Art Gallery When visiting galleries, especially large exhibitions of paintings of centuries past in the big city galleries, it is easy to become an art critic and judge the piece for purely how it looks on the gallery wall. But galleries don’t...
  • Up Up and Away

    In the predawn of Monday October 4th 1784, flickering lanterns cast dancing shadows around an eerie billowing shape that appeared to be rising from the ground on Christ Church Meadow in Oxford. The strange goings on were history in the making. James Sadler, a man with no formal education,...
  • September in the Garden

    The summer holidays are over the kids have finally gone back to school and it’s that time of year again when the seasons are changing. Some plants are coming to an end and some are just beginning to flourish. There will be lots to be getting on with in...
  • Arty Bit

    When someone criticises your art I know all too well how scary it can be to sell your art work or to put on display with a view of selling it. People’s comments can be harsh, hurtful and cruel, especially if they do not know you were in earshot!...