Another painting from Belvoir

I don’t seem to be able to add more than one picture to my posts, so here is another family portrait. What does it tell us? She bought the dog when her husband died, as a starter. Look at it’s face. Is it a casual or a formal painting? Why do you think she had it done? Love all the questions portraits shoot out.with her dog, Belvoir

Art at Belvoir Castle

Mother at BelvoirWe went to a wedding at Belvoir Castle near Grantham at the weekend. Wow. A stunning place for a December wedding as Christmas trees and candles, greenery and baubles and roaring fires were everywhere.
One of the many treats that made it stand out from other weddings, this was an event, was a tour of the part of the castle open to the public. The Personal Art Collection was a surprise. A famous portrait of Henry VIII stood out, as did a painting of proverbs. Spot the proverb listed below became a good game. But what I liked most was the wall of family portraits and the stories behind them. One very tragic one, of two brothers play wrestling, and the eldest dying because of damage to one of his organs. Their mother, sent the younger son to live with an aunt and spent forty years carving her elder son’s figure. It’s in the chapel. Beautiful. Tragic, for both boys. The painting of all the children playing together gains a sadness knowing what was to follow.
Loved the glamorous lady with her foul tempered looking dog. And the serene looking mother before tragedy struck.

Paintings capture so much. We fall into them, they tell us stories, they put across ideas, as in the proverb painting, they play on our emotions, able to make us feel sadness or laughter.

A wonderful gallery, a private collection that is luckily open to everyone at certain times of the year.

Primary School Visit 2

On Friday, I visited Grassington Primary School in North Yorkshire. The Head teacher, Libby Wheildon, is a very welcoming, enthusiastic Head, who obviously loves children. And she’s a close friend. Thank you Libby for inviting me for a second time into your bright, happy school. It was a busy day there, Christmas decorations being erected and preparations for the Dickensian Fayre the following day, which runs for several weekends on the run up to Christmas.

Still, I read ‘Noise of Snow’ to the Reception and Year 1 class and they listened and looked at the pictures, all quiet and wide-eyed. And then we talked about what made a picture look noisy and what made it look quiet. They were extremely observant and imaginative. Handing out stickers was a little chaotic, but the student teacher helped hand them out. Then we looked at the book again to see if any one picture stood out for them more than the others: they all had different favourites which was fantastic as proves we all have different tastes in Art.

And then it was off to the special assembly where praise was given to classes and individuals, certificates and boxes of chocolates given out and applause, plus I handed out three copies of ‘Cold Hands Meet Warm Heart’ to the children whose pictures appeared in the book. Looking forward to receiving artwork now for ‘Noise of Snow.’ Get painting Grassington Primary School! And many thanks for a wonderful afternoon 🙂DSC03493 (2)