Wavy Stars in Medieval Art

Wavy Stars in Medieval Art

The Luttrell Psalter is full of imaginative marginalia. Nevertheless, the simple image below remains one of my favourites and is one which I really enjoyed painting. I’m not at all sure about the purpose of the ‘golf clubs’ the shepherds are holding, or why the man in blue is wearing such impressive gloves, but I do love the message, the facial expressions and, of course, the wavy star.   ‘And there were shepherds...

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Visiting Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Visiting Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Last weekend saw us up in Cumbria visiting Blackwell, an Arts and Crafts house around three miles from Windermere and one of our favourite places.     What was the Arts and Crafts Movement?   The Arts and Crafts Movement was basically  a reaction to the industrial revolution. It was championed by John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) and William Morris (1834 – 1896), amongst others, who believed that Victorian mass production...

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Furness Abbey – an atmospheric ruin.

Furness Abbey – an atmospheric ruin.

Furness Abbey lies, abandoned in rain-drenched seclusion, in a valley in  southern Cumbria. A vast expanse of red sandstone, it’s ruined now, of course. Some of the large church is still standing, but you can see the crack running up one of the walls. And you can’t ignore the feat of modern engineering that is holding it all up. But somehow it doesn’t detract from the atmosphere especially when, on a bleak winter’s day,...

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