Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard, a 16th Century son of Devon, England, made it big in art with his tiny miniature limner portraits of Elizabethan London.     Hilliard painted many of Queen Elizabeth I. The pair above were painted in 1575. The Pelican (left) and the Phoenix (right), 787 x 610mm. Both well-known symbols with deep roots into … More Hilliard

The Trail They Blaze

That does it! I am hopping mad! I looked at the skies here in Southampton this morning, and I knew we had been chemtrailed. The morning blue just wasn’t there; instead some sort of non-descript grey light with no depth of sky above. The other tell-tale sign – the extra, ultra-metallic blinding fuzz, defusing the … More The Trail They Blaze

It’s a Girl!

Any Christmas baby will tell you, if they could choose any month to be born, December would not make it to the top eleven. If pushed to pick December, they would nominate a day in the first 2 weeks of that month. But as we all know, entering this world – the good old fashion … More It’s a Girl!

Adrift

I have been so very busy over the last six months researching for my next book. Truth be told, I have two books on the go simultaneously – Book two in my Dragons dwelt here series, historical novels for ten and up readership. (The first in the series, Thunderbird set in pre-European American Continent, is, … More Adrift

The Medici

Benozzo Gozzoli’s Procession of the Magi 1459-60, is part of a cycle of frescoes in the Magi Chapel in the palace Medici Riccardo of Florence, Italy for the powerful rulers of Florence, the Medici family. A family that has influences in Italy even to this day.         Gozzoli  (right) painted a cycle … More The Medici

ICONS

Having discovered hidden treasurers among odd, quirky and sometimes trashed second-hand-casts-off, at our local Oxfam store, eg my Constable plate of Dedham Loch, I have started to visit the place most weeks, perchance to find a treasure; a treasure to me that is! While perusing the shelves, before my grocery shop last Friday, I was … More ICONS