Still painting like Constable

Palette knife effects in the sky © S.Connor

Humbled by my last feeble attempts at painting like Constable (here), I began work on a substantially scaled down version of Constable’s Full scale study for the Haywain. I prepared a small canvas by stretching commercially primed canvas – linen, with a white ground, that you can buy by the metre. I stretched it around […]

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In Memory of Toussaint Louverture


The 20th of May marked 272 years since the revolutionary François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), was born into bondage in Haiti, the French island colony then known as Saint-Domingue (Santo Domingo). I was interested to read that in 2015 this date saw the unveiling of a new statue in memory of Toussaint Louverture, in the courtyard […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 93

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 93 This one has got to be in my top 10, in my opinion the only place to get your threaded requirements in London.  Super helpful, old school hardware store that always always always has what you need no matter what sort of bolt, nut, screw, […]

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Last chance: V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars!

Embroidered picture of Mary Magdalene, English, 17th century. Museum no. T.57-2012 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

You’re not too late for this year’s V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars! This Monday, 1 June, marks the penultimate event in 2015’s highly successful series. We’re very much looking forward to Dr William Fisher’s (University of New York) intriguingly titled paper, ‘Doctor Dildo’s Dauncing Schoole: Sexual Instruments and Women’s Erotic Agency in England, 1600-1725.’ […]

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Guest Post: A Room with a View (Part 2) – the Textile Conservator’s Story

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Roisin Morris is a V&A Senior Textile Conservator, and is currently working on the massive room hanging we featured in  A Room with a View (Part 1) two weeks back. This week she fills us in on some of the finer points of preparing (and repairing!) an object like this for display. As you will […]

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All of this Belongs to You, V&A at Field Day Sunday 7th June


Guest Post: Karin Andersson from muf architecture/art on the V&A Exhibition All of this Belongs to You and a visit to Field Day Apollo and Zephyr at Field Day In the medieval and renaissance gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum stands two naked muscular men next to each other on pedestals. They glance towards […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 92


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 92 This one has got to be in my top 10 for jaw drop value alone. When I photographed this shop on Bethnal Green Road, I thought it was a cat specific pet shop or a cat grooming parlour (?!). It is however a cat café! […]

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The Tower of Babel – Work in Progress

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The Tower of Babel – Work in Progress Wow, so excited the first production pieces came today from 1882Ltd in Stoke on Trent and they are looking absolutely amazing.  Delighted with the quality! Here’s a taster….

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

Technicians in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery installing the infographic map

The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! The distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Painting like Constable


Having prepared some Constable style paper boards with Sophie Connor a little while back (read about it here), I faced the daunting prospect of trying to paint like Constable. To try to make this a bit easier I based my sketch on a painting by Constable that I had recently examined, Buildings on Rising Ground near […]

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