in bed with… the Coates dynasty!

When you take a left turn at the Bird-in-Hand Inn, the heart and centre of the small village of Stoke-St-Gregory, you’re nearly there. Just a few more kilometers of tall hedges which segment the view into small mosaic bits of landscape and presumably house a million nests. Just a few more country lanes with delightful…

2015, the year of… the pencil!

The year had just begun when tragedy on a large scale hit Paris. The town that saw the birth of the pencil as we know it (invented by Nicolas-Jacques Conté, then commercialized by him under the name Conté à Paris) suddenly saw its walls literally covered in a few days by hands holding pencils. This…

in bed with… R and F

which in this case is not quite as exciting as it might sound at first as R and F is the same and one man: Richard Frumess! (Designed R&F and chosen because Richard felt it was a bit more impressive than the one man show it was!) Richard, a mellow, charming artist and person, is…

in bed with… Art

Sorry but when I get a chance in a million to interview someone called Art, I then find it impossible to resist this title! (Although, as his family name is Guerra, it did cross my mind to go “Make Art, not War” but then again… this is supposed to be a serious blog so… maybe…

in bed with… two generations of Escodas!

Freshly made from sustainable ingredients in an ethical manner, seeped in olive oil and family tradition… might not be words you immediately associate with your brushes! And yet, there is a family in Spain, on the outskirts of Barcelona to be precise, who have been making elegant and intelligent brushes (yes, yes that too!) for…

What is Art?

Cafe philo Byron Bay, this Friday April 4th, theme: What is art? How could I resist. Of course I went. A wonderful facilitator and philosopher from Sydney was there, to help the discussion going and to help the new born branch with a few practical hints as to how one runs a cafe philo. These…

Along the Left Bank of the Seine…

you can now browse into not only two but three amazingly charming and interesting art stores. Across from the Louvre, 3 Quai Voltaire, there has always been -since 1887 anyway- the delightful Sennelier shop. Sennelier is still the most comprehensive of the three stores as it represents not only their world renown brand of watercolours,…

No pastel… no CRY!

Amazing!! While some still think drawings inferior to paintings… a pastel has become a few days ago the most expensive artwork ever sold (nearly USD 120 millions). Well maybe it’s time to rethink that one and perhaps too a few more pastels will be sold worldwide in the days to come! GOOD… Apparently that version…

In bed with… David Coles (and Louise!)

They are both artists. He also makes lovely paint and…  she sells it! How is this for symmetry and perfection? Well, at least on paper, all is well in the best of worlds. In reality, things are very very busy… Louise has just finished the Christmas tree in the shop (decorated with dried coloured swatches…

in bed with… Jacques Blockx

Mid July 2011, I leave the hard sun of Provence and just a few hours later arrive in Liege under a typically Belgian grey sky with big shots of light beaming at times on details of the scenery. This is the country of my childhood holidays and I love its gentle beauty. The area is…