May The Simple Joys Of The Season Be Yours



Wild Garden, Winter 1959
John Nash
Tate Collection

"Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth"

Hugh Macmillan "Rejuvenescence," The Ministry of Nature, 1871


Winter Garden 1929-37
Evelyn Dunbar
Tate Collection


Winter Arrangement
Gwenda Morgan, born 1908
Wood Engraving, Tate Collection

Just as we were finally feeling prepared, Christmas is over in a blink of an eye! I hope you enjoyed a very merry time with family and friends, and are now relishing these lazy days that tide us over until New Year (apologies to those already back at work - very unfair!). This year I'm keeping it quiet and cosy. I unwrapped some lovely books at Christmas so I just want to plough through those and avoid the dark, soggy mornings as much as possible! I hope you like the selection of work here, John Nash and Evelyn Dunbar are always firm favourites, but Gwenda Morgan is a new found artist, and I think her woodcuts are utterly beautiful. If you are tired of online sales shopping, drop by the V&A and Tate online collections, beautiful art without going out into the cold!

My Christmas book haul:



                


Enjoy the rest of 2012! Continue to eat, drink and be merry - we only have this excuse one month a year after all (I'll be referring to my new Nigel Slater cooking bible regularly!) 

As always, thanks for dropping by, I'll be back in the New Year with news on what I have planned for '13!

Katie


3 comments :

Sneaky Magpie said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

For me Christmas means Dickens (and I have been devouring his novels and books about him for few weeks now). Can you please tell me who designed the beautiful cover? It reminds me of Eric Ravilious's High Street which I simply adore.

Katie Bedlow said...

The cover is absolutely stunning isn't it?? I would LOVE a poster of it! It's by Emily Sutton, http://www.emillustrates.com/
who's always one of my favourites! I would really recommend the book, it's got some great short stories I'd never read before.
Happy New Year!

Katie

Katie Bedlow said...

The cover is absolutely stunning isn't it?? I would LOVE a poster of it! It's by Emily Sutton, http://www.emillustrates.com/
who's always one of my favourites! I would really recommend the book, it's got some great short stories I'd never read before.
Happy New Year!

Katie