How to Buy Art Online (Virtual Meeting with the Artist)

We live in an age where we are becoming more comfortable with buying online. Doing your weekly grocery shopping on a supermarket website is one thing, but it may feel more strange buying original paintings for your home online. You may not be clear about how to buy art online, and what to do if…

Refunds for Purchased Artwork

So you’ve bought an original painting or print online and your partner doesn’t like it, or it isn’t quite what you hoped for. What do you do? Is it even possible to get refunds for purchased artwork? Well, of course one option is to talk your partner round or live with your mistake. It doesn’t…

Artists Supporting Artists

The Artist Support Pledge is a growing international movement of artists supporting other artists. In these difficult times during COVID-19 when art galleries are closed and art shows and workshops have been postponed or cancelled, many artists are finding themselves without work, and art buyers have less access to original artworks. The premise is quite…

White Sheep of the Family

White Sheep of the Family It used to be a family joke that I was the white sheep of the family. My parents were honest and hard-working, but not academic, and my Mum’s biggest criticism of me was “You, you’re always studying!” Hardly a crime, though at the time I thought she made it sound…

Aunts and Animal Welfare

I’ve been thinking about Aunts and Animal Welfare recently. Let me explain. Donkeys A few weeks ago I was working as a steward for Oxfam at the River Cottage Festival in Devon. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is only a few miles away so I just had to pay them a visit. I was interested…

Sudan and Saving Remaining Wildlife

SAD NEWS I was driving earlier today when I heard on the radio that Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, had died. It was one of those ‘where were you when you heard?’ moments… Like many people, I was saddened that he had died, though as he was elderly and had been deteriorating for…