Monthly Archives: June 2012

Caine’s Arcade

I just saw this sweet video and couldn’t resist it for Frames of Reference. I can remember building stuff and wishing for an audience too. It’s instinctive. It’s what boys do. But this little boy is a prodigy.

A Space Called Place

Kensington Place has recently been refreshed with a bright new interior. The large mural by Mark Wickham depicting a view of The Long Water in Kensington Gardens has been in place since the restaurant opened 25 years ago. It has … Read more

Plot 52

Here is a little piece about Greg Becker if you can find it. I probably should have been able to edit it but that degree of sophistication is beyond me at the moment. Please go forward to 3:40 and continue … Read more

Weeds Of The Imagination

On seeing my book An Illustrated Allotment Alphabet people often ask ‘do you actually have an allotment?’ to which, slightly offended, I reply ‘Yes!’ But really, there is no reason why I should feel disappointed, particularly as plot 52, my … Read more

Retail Therapy

Gail Brodholt has two of her linocuts in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She’s had prints accepted before but this is the first time they’ve taken two and I think she’s a little excited. She’s probably opened the champagne … Read more

George III Rides Away

The figure on the horse is George III riding away from Weymouth. The story goes that during a stay in the early 1800s he promised to give the town a substantial amount of money, so much that they carved a … Read more

Windsor’s Great Park

The enormous equestrian statue of George III looking down over Windsor Castle from the top of Snow Hill, pointing out incoming aeroplanes on their way to Heathrow.

Gorgeous Georgians

Jazmin Velasco brought us these gouache portrait paintings of some of her Georgian heros and heroines. She’s framed them in pressed metal frames from Mexico, frames more often used for painted votive offerings to the saints (see also Mexican Miracle … Read more

Aung San Suu Kyi

There was increased security at The Rowley Gallery yesterday for the surprise visit of Aung San Suu Kyi. We thought maybe she was coming to see us but in fact she had a quiet birthday lunch across the street at … Read more

At The Beach With Giotto (In Mind)

As a painter of beaches, when I saw the Giotto frescoes at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua I was struck by how much parts of it resemble pools of water with angels swimming about in them. The azure of the … Read more