Sonia Delaunay: Nature morte portugaise (1916)

Love both the Delauney’s work

At Sunnyside - Where Truth and Beauty Meet

SONIA DELAUNAY (1885-1979), Nature morte portugaise, signed and numbered ‘SONIA DELAUNAY 564’ (on the stretcher), oil and wax on paper laid down on canvas, 26 1⁄8 x 37 1⁄4 in. (66.4 x 94.6 cm.), Painted in Portugal in 1916, Image Source: Christie’s

“A joyful testament to Sonia Delaunay’s fruitful and happy years on the Iberian peninsula, Nature morte portugaiseis a powerful expression of colour, movement and light that immerses the viewer in the raucous, sensual atmosphere of the sun-drenched Portuguese marketplace. Painted in the challenging new medium of wax, this work is a superb example of the pictorial experimentation that led the artist and her husband Robert Delaunay to attain new means of expression during their exile in southern Europe, taking inspiration from their new surroundings to blur the lines between the figurative and the abstract, creating a veritable visual tour de force.”



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London Wall EC2: the hanging bridge

Another excellent exposition!!

Jane Sketching

Here is an amazing sight: the hanging bridge over London Wall.

London Wall, hanging bridge. 24 May 2023, about 1pm, 7″ x 10″ in Sketchbook 13

The large building in the centre of the picture is City Tower, 40 London Wall. In front of it is a demolition site where City Place House used to be. The bridge used to connect to City Place House. Now this building has gone, the bridge hangs in space.

In my previous drawing I sketched while listening to the guitar music of Hidè Takemoto. For this drawing, the acoustic accompaniment was mostly percussion. The building site was active. Spasmodic grinding and crashing signalled the removal of concrete. Metallic hammering came from scaffolding under construction.

The big red grid on the right of my picture was hauled upwards and out of sight before I finished drawing it. It was going to be part of…

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Odilon Redon: Christ et ses disciples (c1905)

At Sunnyside - Where Truth and Beauty Meet

Odilon Redon, Le Christ et ses disciples, Signed Odilon Redon (lower right), Oil on canvas, 12 3/4 by 9 5/8 in., 32.5 by 24.5 cm, Painted circa 1905, Image Source: Sotheby’s

“The present work draws on the theme of discipleship and the divine nature of Christ rather than a specific episode of the New Testament. Though he was not an orthodox Christian, Redon mixed in Catholic circles and was clearly attracted to the figure of Christ who features frequently at this time.”


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Odilon Redon at wikiwand

Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho, ‘Decorative panels’, in Odilon Redon
and Andries Bonger: 36 works from the Van Gogh Museum collection,
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My 20 Books of Summer 2023

Terrific effort!!

Imogen is Reading and Watching the World: On Books, Film, Art & More

Here’s my summer reading list, now I’m all set up to take part again in Cathy’s annual 20 books of summer challenge.

My first five selections were inspired by reading The Shelf, a 2014 book by Phyllis Rose subtitled Adventures in Extreme Reading. I’ve been much-derided for enjoying this book by my children – reading is hardly bass-jumping – but the premise really appeals to me. Rose went to the New York state library, and picked a shelf (almost) at random, pledging to read her way through it. The book was a fascinating exploration of the results of this exercise, and took her away from reading directed by reviews, hype and the canon.

So, off I went to Dulwich Library in South London, and picked up 5 random books off the very first shelf, comprising authors from ABB to ALL.

I know next to nothing about these…

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Autoportrait Day 340~ Dana Scruggs


Marie Berrio: A Universe of One (2018)


Autoportrait Day 336~ Eliza Ransonnet-Villez

Poetry West Cornwall (and local history)

The Seasons being Out of Joint

Three ladies settle in front of the Portugese Coffee House
in Market Jew Street.
I'm glad in a way,they are only taking drinks.
A teapot heralds a certain degree of bourgeois comfort, whilst the lady on the left sips her milkshake like a teenager.
They seem oblivious to the marauding prospect of seagulls.
The effect this sunshine spell on older skin doesn't bother them.
Above pound-stretcher a gull stretches his wings.
The black and yellow pennants flutter wildly in the in the incipient breeze.
A single-decker spreads a cascade of pollutants.
The outspread Guardian announces Johnson to be referred to the police by his own lawyers.
To me it feels like a temporary delicate interregnum.

St Giles from Wallside, Barbican EC2

Very lovely and interesting!

Jane Sketching

Here is St Giles’ Church, Cripplegate, seen from the public walkway at Wallside. The church is surrounded by the Barbican Estate. Cromwell Tower is in the background. The City of London School for Girls is the lower building, centre and left. Through the gap between the church and the school, you can just glimpse the Barbican Centre.

The magnolia was in bloom!

St Giles from Wallside, Barbican, 1 April 2023 12″ x 9″ [Commission]

I painted this as a commission, for some clients who wanted this particular view. A special request for this commission was that I showed two ducks. These are small, but they are there!

Ducks on the lake.

The white shapes on the lakeside wall are gravestones.

Old London Wall is on the left: part stone, part brick. This is the old Roman wall round the City of London.

Thank you to my clients for this commission…

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Autoportrait Day 335~ Beatrix Potter

Very sweet- I seem to remember she lived near Earl’s Court.

The Misty Miss Christy

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist
Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

1a. Self-portrait of Beatrix Potter as Mrs. McGregor, 1902 / Watercolor; included in only the first five printings of The Tale of Peter Rabbit / Found here~

1b. Original version from self-published edition, c.1902 / Found here~

2. Self-portrait in The Roly-Poly Pudding, 1907 / Sepia pen and ink / Found here~

3. Self-portrait in The Tale of Pigling Bland, 1913 / Sepia pen and ink / Found here~

4. Tongue-in-cheek self-portrait of Beatrix Potter and a pig, 1924? / Pen and ink sketch / Found here~

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