Things that inspire me!

Inspirational Places – Hoghton Tower, Lancashire

Historic House in the Heart of Lancashire This Father’s Day I enjoyed a visit to one of the most impressive historic houses in the North West. Hoghton Tower is one of the finest Renaissance buildings in the country and I was surprised at just how much there is to see at the venue. Elevated on [...]

2016-07-07T14:31:11+00:00July 7th, 2016|Inspiration|

Romney, Reynolds and Raeburn

In my last blog entry I discussed a recent visit to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and some of my favourite portraits in their fine art collection. Following on from that update I wanted to explore the paintings of three artists in a little more detail. Hung alongside one another in the gallery are examples [...]

2016-07-07T20:21:13+00:00April 15th, 2016|Art Galleries, Inspiration|

Inspirational Places – Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire

Elizabethan Hall in Lancashire In this latest blog about inspirational places I’ve pulled together a few photos and thoughts on one of the finest historic country houses in Lancashire. Tucked away on the bank of the River Calder in the shadow of Pendle Hill, Gawthorpe Hall is a fantastic Jacobean Hall with a rich history. [...]

2017-05-29T14:14:52+00:00March 17th, 2016|Inspiration|

Royal Portraits at Buckingham Palace

A few weeks ago I managed to get down to London for a day where I finally visited Buckingham Palace. I’ve wanted to tour the iconic Palace for a few years now and I wasn’t disappointed. I visited the palace with a Royal Day Out ticket which included access to the Royal Mews and Queen's [...]

2017-05-29T14:28:07+00:00August 20th, 2015|Inspiration, Portraits|

Military Portrait Paintings at Stirling Castle

During a tour of Scotland last month I spent a day exploring the fabulous Stirling Castle and was delighted to discover the inspirational military portrait paintings of The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. The Great Hall, Stirling Castle Perched high on top of Castle Hill, overlooking the city, the historic fortification is [...]

2017-05-29T14:42:23+00:00December 18th, 2014|Inspiration, Portraits|

Inspirational Places – Dunham Massey Hall

Military Hospital, Antique Treasures and Portraits I recently visited the fantastic Dunham Massey Hall in Trafford near Altrincham, Manchester. The moated Georgian house is set in a beautiful deer park and contains a superb collection of regency treasures including paintings, furniture and silverware. For 2014 the house has another reason to visit, with part of [...]

2017-05-29T14:47:49+00:00June 24th, 2014|Inspiration, Portraits|

Art Everywhere

Masterpieces Displayed Across the Country I couldn’t let this week pass without mentioning the fabulous Art Everywhere project that has taken place recently. Art has been displayed on poster and billboard sites up and down the UK thanks to a collaboration between artists, curators and media owners along with over £30,000 crowd-funded by the general [...]

2016-04-10T19:54:04+00:00August 30th, 2013|Inspiration|

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