Tim Dee’s ‘The Running Sky': to live is to fly

Starlings over the Somerset levels They were simple things, but they gave me much pleasure.  A flock of starlings twittering as they settle, disperse, and settle again on a row  of trees in the cemetery where I’m walking with my dog.  A raucous mob of sparrows, stirring up the next street as they trade news, insults, or whatever … Continue reading Tim Dee’s ‘The Running Sky': to live is to fly

The goldfinch: symbol of salvation yet thrice-cursed, ‘enjailed in pitiless wire’

Yesterday I wrote about the connection between Donna Tartt’s new novel and the 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch.  That set me thinking about why Fabritius had chosen the bird as a subject for a painting, so I thought I’d consult the book I received as a birthday present recently: Birds and People by … Continue reading The goldfinch: symbol of salvation yet thrice-cursed, ‘enjailed in pitiless wire’

Charles Tunnicliffe at Oriel Ynys Mon: ‘the love of nature absorbed him’

In my last post I wrote of our visit to Oriel Ynys Mon on Anglesey to see the exhibition of paintings of Venice by Kyffin Williams.  It was the second time I’d been to the gallery and on both occasions I was delighted to see exhibits from the collection of work by Charles Tunnicliffe held by … Continue reading Charles Tunnicliffe at Oriel Ynys Mon: ‘the love of nature absorbed him’