Self Portrait – Sir Stanley Spencer

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Self-Portrait, Sir Stanley Spencer, 1959 | Tate   Self Portrait – Sir Stanley Spencer. Firstly, this is what I believe is called unflinching. Painted in the last few months of his life, after unsuccessful surgery for cancer. It has a potency, and an ultimate sadness to it. You can see…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Stanley Spencer Gallery – Cookham, Berkshire

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Stanley Spencer Gallery – Cookham, Berkshire – November 2018 In the Autumn of 2018, a rather fortuitous circumstance found me in the delightful Berkshire village of Cookham and the Stanley Spencer Gallery. Cookham – Wikipedia   This charming village right by Old Father Thames was where one of England’s quirkiest…

Continue reading

Haystacks, Snow Effect – Claude Monet

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Haystacks: Snow Effect   Haystacks: Snow Effect – Claude Monet. This is the very first Monet I saw up close. It blew me away then and it blows me away still. The subject matter was one that he returned to again and again. Just like his Waterlilies. He captured the…

Continue reading

The Bathers – Paul Cézanne

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

The Bathers by Paul Cézanne artsandculture.google.com The Bathers by Paul Cézanne. This painting has been with me since the early 1970s, embedded in my soul The National Gallery in London purchased this in 1964 for £500,000. (Nearly £10m in 2018’s money). Which seems like a bargain! The National Gallery paid…

Continue reading

The Secret Guardians – October 2018

The Secret Guardians - LHS

Continue reading

The Seagram Murals – Mark Rothko

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

The Seagram Murals – Mark Rothko The Seagram Murals. This is the inaugural post of what I hope will be a fascinating series. A series that could last as long as I do! Nobody better to start it off than Mark Rothko. No better works to discuss then, than the Seagram…

Continue reading

P 2018: Update on the Dreaded P and Light Treatment

Plaque Psoriasis

Update Light Therapy Treatment to improve my Psoriasis This is a very quick update, I completed treatment at the end of August 2018, it is now nearly November 2018 and my psoriasis seems to be held at bay. I think this is down to the sterling work done by the…

Continue reading

Was it really 63 years ago?

Lest I forget…

Continue reading

Happy Birthday Maestro

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Lest I forget…   Untitled – Mark Rothko – Google Arts & Culture One of the central figures of the New York School, Mark Rothko emphatically rejected the reading of his work in merely formal, aesthetic terms.  artsandculture.google.com  

Continue reading

P 2018: Light Therapy for Psoriasis – Week Five

Week Five Light Therapy Treatment to combat Psoriasis How to combat Psoriasis with Light Therapy treatment – some improvement now. The sage on how to combat Psoriasis continues. So far, I have had 17 visits. The timings are a little longer now, around 2 minutes. I think I can see…

Continue reading

The Loneliness of Adam – August 2018

Continue reading

P 2018: Light Therapy for Psoriasis – Week Four

Week Four Light Therapy Treatment for Psoriasis Helping Psoriasis with Light Therapy treatment – some improvement. The saga on how to treat Psoriasis continues. So far, I have had 14 visits. The timings are a little longer now, around 1 minute 20 seconds at the last count. I think I…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Patrick Heron – Tate, St. Ives

Patrick Heron – Tate, St. Ives – July 2018 So this was it. My long-awaited summer exhibition of one of my artistic heroes. Patrick Heron. So keen to see this, I booked it on the Monday and the Wednesday, just in case I missed anything. I didn’t. This followed on…

Continue reading

P 2018: Light Therapy for Psoriasis – Week Three

Week Three Light Therapy Treatment for Psoriasis Light therapy and how to treat Psoriasis continues. So far, I have had 10 visits. Each one seems to have been very quick. I understand why they build it up though. I don’t feel that the amount of treatment exposure I’ve had so…

Continue reading

P 2018: Light Therapy for Psoriasis – Week Two

Week Two Light Therapy Treatment for Psoriasis Light therapy treatment for the dreaded P continues. So far, I have had 7 visits. Each one seems to have been very quick. I understand why they build it up though. As the weather has been amazing in Devon, I have been working…

Continue reading

The Great Gig in the Sky – July 2018

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Continue reading

P 2018: Light Therapy for Psoriasis – Week One

Week One Light Therapy Treatment for Psoriasis Well, I have now started light therapy treatment for the dreaded P. So far, I have had 4 visits. Each one seems to have been very quick. I understand why they build it up though. As the weather has been amazing in Devon,…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam – June 2018 The second of my major visits in Holland was to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. My previous visit was just as spectacular. First of all, the museum houses some of the great Dutch and Flemish works of art from the Golden Era of Dutch Art – the…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam – June 2018 My visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam was long overdue. One of the items on my bouquet list, the dream came true in June 2018. This was a welcome change to my usual habit of exhibitions in the UK – Picasso…

Continue reading

Mist Opportunity – June 2018

Mist Opportunity - LHS

Continue reading

P 2018: Plaque Psoriasis and Me – it’s time for a new direction

Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque Psoriasis First of all, in April 2018, I finally decided to do something about my plaque Psoriasis. Things came to a head (if you’ll forgive the expression), when the pain on my “boaby” became too much to bear. As I was finishing off a SharePoint contract in London, even…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Tate Modern

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy Picasso Hot on the heels of the Charles I exhibition – and on a beautiful Spring day – Tate Modern was the delightful backdrop for one of my most eagerly awaited exhibitions of 2018 or any year for that matter – Picasso 1932, Love,…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Charles I: King & Collector

Royal Academy

Charles I: King and Collector Exhibtion – The Royal Academy Charles I: King and Collector. A disastrous King. But Oh! What a collector of Art. The splendour, the sumptuousness, the ostentatious opulence. The sheer majesty. I could go on but you get my drift surely? Billed as a “once in…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Impressionists in London Exhibition

Tate Britain

Impressionists in London Following on from my previous post on Soutine – in late 2017, I had a cheeky window in my schedule and managed to get to see this exhibition of Impressionists in London. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London ? Exhibition at Tate Britain | Tate This Tate…

Continue reading

Happy 2018 Y’all

A Safe and Happy 2018 to all. Love from, LHS

Continue reading

2017

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Merry Christmas to all my readers… 2017 ends with me getting the flu, spending most of the holiday period in bed and a broken central heating system that we can’t get sorted for a while. For those of you suffering as well this Christmas, let’s hope 2018 is a little…

Continue reading

ART 2018: Soutine – Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys

Soutine In 2018, I am intending to devote lots more time to my blog for a whole plethora of reasons. I will reveal more about that in 2018. But in order to whet the appetite a little, I am going to kick this all off with a few posts, mainly…

Continue reading

Lest I forget – 2017

Every year, around about this time, I remember…

Continue reading

The Glimmering – September 2017

Continue reading

Rare Thoughts from LHS

The Great Gig in the Sky - LHS

Whilst reading a biography of Arshille Gorky, I came across this quote about him by Peggy Osbourne: “He was a solitary and single human being. He was never meant to belong to a crowd. He needed the crowd for his own confirmation. He was a noble human being with noble…

Continue reading