My latest pet portrait drawn in pastels of Molly, a 3 month old Jack Russell puppy. I chose this particular photo of Molly to copy as it was all about the look in her eye. It leads you in and shows her character. When I am commissioned to do a pet portrait I want to show the dog’s personality.
Dropped past the BADA antiques and fine art fair in Duke of Yorks square. This is the 21st anniversary of the fair with some serious works of art in display and antiques both modern and classic. Most of the obviously quite important pieces displayed were unpriced, which was shame from my point of view as I love to play the “guess how much” game…. Silver, jewellery, furniture, oil paintings and also watercolours on loan by the 18th/19th century artist William Payne. Some of the period furniture and artifacts were amazing..
My personal favourite is this one pictured here by FRANZ VAN MONTFORT, 1889-1980 of the Belgian School, titled “Le Lilas Blanc”. Oil on canvas, signed, inscribed and dated 1920 (149.5 x 109 cms) from John Bennett Fine Paintings W6.
How nice it would be to have a spare £32,000…..
This evening I walked the Red Carpet to the most amazing marquee I have ever seen. At first glance it looked like a proper building with windows, doors, brickwork etc but in fact it was the marquee front of MASTERPIECE London. The event was the Masterpiece Midsummer party in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in aid of the CLIC SARGENT Charity. This fantastic charity’s Ambassador, Lady Helen Taylor was there to support and let us know how this charity raises money to help children with cancer. Last years’s event raised £400,000 so hopefully this year will raise even more.
Supporting this worthwhile charity, Masterpiece shows antiques and artworks that are amongst the best of the best from international galleries and dealers. Amongst my favourites were a 1930’s oil sold during the week for a mere £2.5million and also a rare 1950’s vintage Jaguar for sale for a couple of a million.
The works of art and jewels were stunning to look at on the various stands and the assorted canapes constantly on offer- difficult to resist- were from Harry’s bar, Scotts, Le Caprice, and the Mount St Deli. Completely delicious, but there are only so many mini burgers, asparagus and oysters you can eat- even when washed down with champagne!.
The evening was such fun admiring the stunning artworks and great people watching too! Celebs looking glam included Jasmine Guinness, Donna Air and Amanda Ferry.
Note to self- am sure not a single size 0 owner of the many perfect honed, toned and bronzed legs there this evening ate a single morsel of canape or carb -possibly maybe one asparagus stalk- I should learn a lesson from this……………..
Some of my favourite and interesting exhibits from the press preview of the Royal Academy summer exhibition.
Loving BOB MACKIE’s artwork.
Just had an exclusive preview of this sketch by the talented Mr Bob Mackie – his vision of our
Princess-in-waiting’s wedding dress. A sketch Bob did of what he envisions Kate should wear
on her wedding day.
QVC asked him, and other designers, to do a rendition for their own Wedding Boutique. See the sketches on QVC’s site.
Here is my hot pick selection of a few brand new season Bob Mackie Wearable Art fashions straight out of the packing box from the USA for my March QVC TV shows this week.
Look forward to seeing you on air – hope you love the new styles as much as I do!
Loving the artwork with the bold splash of colour- flattering neckline and sleeve length
A twist on the classic denim jacket – perfect for the summer – day or evening with the pretty flower embroidery detailing. Dress up or dress down!
Love the colour – pink is one of the hot trends for this season. The neckline is so flattering with the instantly slimming black vertical panel.
100% polyester floaty top which has that 70’s vibe that is hot off the catwalk
It’s been such a busy week and it’s always such a treat to stop everything to visit the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
As I will never be able to afford any of the fantastic major paintings I always buy the catalogue. Maybe one day……