Artist blog

I like to blog about the things I get up to in the world of the arts. So feel free to read some of the entries in my blog.

The Canaletto masterpiece right here in Hull
The Canaletto masterpiece right here in Hull

Canaletto died on this day - 19th April - in 1768. The Ferens Gallery has one of his masterpieces.

Sun, Apr 19, 20

During the coronavirus lockdown I'm nostalgic for people-watching in Hull
During the coronavirus lockdown I'm nostalgic for people-watching in Hull

With the city of Hull closed in the wake of the corona virus pandemic, are we nostalgic for the pleasures of city life?

Wed, Apr 01, 20

An artist's social isolation
An artist's social isolation

How should artists deal with the self isolation imposed by the corona virus pandemic?

Fri, Mar 27, 20

Corona virus and its effects on the arts in East Yorkshire
Corona virus and its effects on the arts in East Yorkshire

The corona virus epidemic will have a severe effect not just on everyone's life and livelihood, but on the local arts and crafts scene too.

Sat, Mar 21, 20

Visit to York
Visit to York

The city of York is always a delightful destination for lovers of history, art and architecture

Sat, Mar 14, 20

Reflections on the philosophy of aesthetics
Reflections on the philosophy of aesthetics

For over two thousand years philosophers have asked the question - what is art? Here are my reflections on this debate.

Tue, Feb 25, 20

People watching in Paris
People watching in Paris

Arguably Paris is the world’s greatest city for people watching. Students of human behaviour will think it is almost as if the city was made for them. The great tree lined boulevards, the geographical position of the city as a natural confluence for interesting people from across Europe to congregate and its pavement cafes designed to facilitate the noble activity of people watching.

Mon, Feb 24, 20

Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition in Paris
Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition in Paris

Recently I had the privilege of visiting Paris to view the Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition. This is how it went.

Mon, Feb 24, 20

Visit to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris
Visit to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris

The Musee d Orsay in Paris is home to some of the loveliest art and scultpure in the world. I was lucky enough to visit the meseum recently.

Thu, Feb 13, 20

Colourful Building In London
Colourful Building In London

I liked the colourful decoration of this building in Kings Cross London. It adds some zest to the area.

Wed, Feb 05, 20

Christmas Sand Sculpture at St Mary's Church In Beverley
Christmas Sand Sculpture at St Mary's Church In Beverley

Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus commemorated in sand sculpture.

Fri, Dec 27, 19

Girona, Spain - city of the arts
Girona, Spain - city of the arts

Girona is an ancient city in the Catalonia region of Spain. The city has long had a flourishing arts and culture scene and the many works from this long history can be seen in its excellent museums.

Sun, Oct 27, 19

Street art in Scarborough, England
Street art in Scarborough, England

Street art often gives a means of expression to people who might otherwise be turned away by the art establishment. These street murals in Scarborough are not quite Banksy-style renegade art but they do reflect the spirit of the bustling seaside town.

Mon, Oct 21, 19

East Riding Artists Open Studios 2019
East Riding Artists Open Studios 2019

I always visit some of the East Riding Artists studios when they hold their annual autumn Open Studios events. This year, 2019, I only managed to visit one studio but it was well worth it. The studio was of Eleanor Tomlinson and we saw a fine representation of her work an as illustrator.

Sun, Sep 22, 19

An English church as a work of art
An English church as a work of art

I have often been struck by the beauty of historic churches and mosques such as Lincoln Cathedral in England and the Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey. St Marys is a particularly beautiful parish church in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Sat, Sep 21, 19

Fine Arts in Buxton, England
Fine Arts in Buxton, England

Buxton in the heart of England is a spa town and local arts centre. The arts and culture scene in this town is quite lively, and I was able to see some good art in municipal and private venues.

Sat, Aug 31, 19

Hereford Cathedral, England
Hereford Cathedral, England

The city of Hereford is famed for its beauty and character. In particular Hereford Cathedral is a superb example of the Norman, Romanesque and Gothic styles mixed together.

Wed, Aug 28, 19

Fine Arts at the Greenbelt 2019 Festival
Fine Arts at the Greenbelt 2019 Festival

The Greenbelt Festival is a festival of art and culture held over the August Bank Holiday in Kettering, England.

Mon, Aug 26, 19

An ode to the creatures
An ode to the creatures

The Greenbelt Festival has always prided itself in putting the environment at the centre of its programme. Here a Christian wildlife charity makes a point about the devastation of the marine environment by industrial fishing and the warping of nature to make way for industrialised farming of livestock.

Sun, Aug 25, 19

Fine Arts in Hull Fruit Market
Fine Arts in Hull Fruit Market

Hull Fruit Market is a district of Hull which, once almost derelict, has been redeveloped into an arts, cafe and entertainment district in the city of Hull.

Sun, Aug 11, 19

Wooden eagle at Burton Agnes Hall
Wooden eagle at Burton Agnes Hall

This wood carving of an eagle is pretty exquisite and can be found in the grounds at Burton agnes Hall, East Yorkshire.

Sat, Jul 13, 19

Sand art in Beverley Minster
Sand art in Beverley Minster

This piece of sand art is apparently St John of Beverley, and is the work of internationally renowned sand artists Remy and Paul Hoggard.

Sun, Mar 10, 19

Lent installation in Beverley Minster
Lent installation in Beverley Minster

Risen, Ascended, Glorified. This specially commissioned Lent installation in Beverley Minster was the work of artist Mervyn King.

Sat, Mar 09, 19

Solar Gate sculpture in Hull
Solar Gate sculpture in Hull

This 10 metre foot tall sculpture is made out of stainless steel. The ambitious sculpture will be complemented by 16 plates which reflect light onto the main work and bring it to life differently at different times.

Fri, Feb 15, 19

Knife Angel sculpture in Hull
Knife Angel sculpture in Hull

This 27 foot tall sculpture is made out of knives which were confiscated by the British police. The sculpture is on a tour of Britan to highlight the dangers of the spiralling problem of knife violence, especially among young men in the major cities.

Fri, Feb 15, 19

How to Greener Day
How to Greener Day

I believe in supporting community events so here is an interesting day of green and environmental discussion with some excellent speakers.

Wed, Jan 23, 19

Visit to Faro, Portugal
Visit to Faro, Portugal

I spent some time recently in Faro, Portugal, a city which has its fair share of beautiful things.

Mon, Nov 12, 18

Beverley Minster Craft Fair
Beverley Minster Craft Fair

Local artisans show their work in the Beverley Minster Craft Fair

Sat, Sep 15, 18

Beverley Flower Festival
Beverley Flower Festival

Beverley Flower Festival delights audiences in the historic church of St Mary

Sat, Sep 15, 18

Hull Freedom Festival
Hull Freedom Festival

Hull Freedom Festival - Hull's much loved annual arts festival

Tue, Sep 11, 18

Food as art
Food as art

I have long considered food to be an art form. Every so often I find food which is great to eat and beautifully presented.

Sat, Sep 01, 18

Chesterfield Well Dressing
Chesterfield Well Dressing

Chesterfield Well Dressing - a pagan custom updated for faith in a modern age

Sat, Sep 01, 18

Viking art
Viking art

This fascinating carving is in Inverness museum and is thought to have been carved by Vikings.

Wed, Apr 11, 18

Hull City of Culture 2017
Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull is a culturally growing city and as a cultural centre has had many great moments. Here are a few from 2017, when it was the UK's official city of culture.

Wed, Apr 11, 18

Greenbelt 2018 Art
Greenbelt 2018 Art

Greenbelt 2018 Art - view the Greenbelt Festival's art exhibits for 2018

Wed, Apr 11, 18