Bonito Living: everyday beauty

Beauty is everywhere, we just need to “see” it… Take some bunches of onions, carrots or beets, and there you have the basics of the “still life”, their vibrant colours, their shapes and volumes are all beautiful, enticing. That shopping … Continue reading

Space, Place and Creativity

Ever since I visited my dear friend Ann Rippin in her new Pomegranate Studio in April/2017 I discovered I could use my space in a better way. I have a ready-made studio at the back of my garden, it is … Continue reading

Lunch with Vanessa Bell

“On a clear spring afternoon I dropped by Vanessa Bell’s for lunch. It was one of those days at the Bloomsbury house, always cozy and welcoming. Vanessa had a little argument with the maid, but that did not spoil the … Continue reading

The Modern Garden: Royal Academy London

The theme of the garden, albeit considered as “naive” or “too middle class” for serious art, has nevertheless, been a place for constant experimenting, avant garde techniques and spiritual transcendence; and the exhibition of Painting the Modern Garden at the … Continue reading

Coffee-shops, Dutch drugs policy and Eric Fromberg (1943-2015)

It is a common mistake to think that cannabis is legal in The Netherlands, and that coffee-shops are part of the Dutch culture as tulips and VanGogh! Although the particularities of Dutch culture have allowed the idea of a controlled … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei on recycling, twitter and virtues in art

I am trying to think how to explain to my students the notion of virtues. Not as behaviour, or what people do… but as traits of character, guidelines that can help us to live a good life and a beautiful … Continue reading

Seriously Delauneyed

If you are planning to visit the exhibition of Sonia Delauney at Tate Modern, you need to be seriously prepared.  For starts, it is a huge exhibition crossing all sort of mediums, styles and artistic movements: from fauvism to abstraction, … Continue reading