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Art of the Sea

Tonight on BBC4 we have another chance to watch Art of the Sea at 20:00.  In this episode the poet Owen Sheers looks at the work of writers inspired by the sea including Joseph Conrad, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Robert Louis Stevenson and … Continue reading

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Eel Wrestling at Nambucca Heads

  “Don’t go into the water today, it’ll be like wrestling eels”, warned my mother inlaw after inspecting the beach on her morning walk. High tide and rough seas had brought in huge quantities of seaweed which was still writhing in the … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Cloud Studies

Inspired by the art of Constable and Cozens I spent some time this afternoon observing the sky and clouds over the local landscape. The sun is shining today after a very wet week and, as it is also the school holidays, … Continue reading

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Everybody loves Turner!

The Unstable States exhibition has been running for a while now, so I thought I’d share some results regarding traffic to the blog. The most popular searches have been for the artist JMW Turner or for specific works by him, with folk … Continue reading

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White Ice and Black Ice, by Anya Gallaccio (born 1963)

Black Ice                          The screenprint and etching by Anya Gallaccio were inspired by blocks of melting ice. The contrast between the pure, sparkly white ice and the sooty black ice remind … Continue reading

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Etudes sur les Glaciers, by Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)

                                   These strange landscapes remind me of the fantasy drawings of alien planets in my cousin’s ‘Boys Own Annuals’ from the 1960s. The glacier depicted in these … Continue reading

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Ice River, by William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900)

John Ruskin had a great passion for the ‘doom and gloom’ of mountain scenery. Stott’s moody river of ice carving through the dark slopes of Jungfrau was undoubtedly influenced by Ruskin’s encouragement for artists of the time to visit Switzerland.

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