I’ve just completed painting Two Dolphins in the Moonlight for my Heni’s Happy Paintings Etsy shop. Many years ago I did a watercolor painting of four dolphins playing in the full moonlit sea that I gave to my twin sister. She still has it hanging in her home. Now that I’m doing acrylic paintings, I thought it might be fun to try a new moonlit dolphin scene. Last week I was going back and forth with a woman who really liked one of my double fish prints but wanted a custom ordered size, which led me to think about painting a double dolphin scene. I combined those two ideas and and this painting is the result. It was fun to use lots of bright colors contrasting with the darks of the ocean and sky. I want to continue…
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Last year we sang at an evensong for Candlemas at St Andrew’s, West Kirby, which I wrote about on 24 February, 2013, where the dark church was dramatically lit and the service had a solemn and poetical beauty. At St John’s, the morning celebration on Sunday was a family occasion, and children were much in evidence, some carried, some clutching an adult hand, others scampering between adult legs. And in the adjoining hall, long tables were laid for a congregational lunch, enticing smells wafting into the church as the service came to an end.
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Currently I’m preparing for a nature themed joint exhibition for which I may need to paint new pictures if I don’t happen to have enough from my older work. I’m doing some bird paintings because of that, and here’s a quick one I’ve just finished:
Same as the last one – watercolours and ballpoint pen.
These birds make freaky noises when they spot food. Seriously.
The Culture of the Upper Rhine Valley
in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
21 March 2014 at the Warburg Institute
Organised by: Cornelia Linde (German Historical Institute), Nigel F. Palmer (Oxford), Stephen Mossman (Liverpool) and Peter Mack (Warburg Institute)
Speakers: Martina Backes (Freiburg), Sigrid Harbodian (Tubingen), Nikolaus Henkel (Hamburg), Stephen Mossman (Liverpool), Balázs J. Nemes (Freiburg) and Annette Volfing (Oxford)
Thursday, 20 March 2014
German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ
Nigel F. Palmer (Oxford): The Literary History of the Upper Rhine in the Later Middle Ages: Carthusians, Dominican Nuns and Knights Hospitaller.
Followed by reception
Friday, 21 March
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
10.00 Registration and Coffee
Stephen Mossman (Manchester): Religious Writing in the German South-West in the Age of Ruusbroec
Martina Backes (Freiburg): Retelling the Bible: The Illustrated Manuscripts of “Der saelden hort”
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