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  • Artists Jane Tomlinson and Paul Tomlinson

    Artweeks 2019 – exhibiting with my brother Paul

    Siblings Jane Tomlinson & Paul Tomlinson will show their paintings together in May for Artweeks 2019, Oxfordshire’s visual arts festival

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  • Brexit Forecast

    Brexit Forecast

    What is the point of being an artist if I can’t express how I feel? The only thing I can do in the face of the sadness, frustration, anger, embarrassment, and the sheer terror I feel about Brexit is to paint.

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  • Painting the magic of the Uffington White Horse

    The Uffington White Horse is a place of great significance to so many people, living and dead, an extraordinary place that combines two things I love: nature and history. No wonder I have tried to paint its glorious magic so many times!

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  • Out in All Weathers

    Out in All Weathers – a painting of the seasons

    'Out in all weathers' is a painting of the changing seasons, their typical weather conditions and the circle of life.

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  • British rivers - detail of England from a painting by Jane Tomlinson

    British Rivers painting – a fisherman’s map

    Read about my new painting of British Rivers – a fisherman’s map – featuring 35 rivers and 20 of the British Isles’ fish species.

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  • Vincent van Gogh mutilates his ear – 23 December 1888

    On this day in 1888 in Arles in southern France, Vincent van Gogh performed the most infamous act of self-mutilation in art history. He cut off most of his left ear. From that point on, the world pointed, laughed and called him mad. The ear-slashing episode followed his most frantic period of creative activity. For during 1888 he made some

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  • British finches

    British birds paintings 2018

    Painting British birds has been the mainstay of my artistic output in 2018. It’s been a busy year dealing with all kinds of personal – and sometimes very sad – non-art stuff. Consequently my artistic output has been very small compared to previous years. But my drive to make art never leaves – in fact, it actively helps me through

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  • International Women's Day

    International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s Day, a day when women all over the world celebrate their achievements. And I’m not just talking about women becoming prime ministers or astronauts. No, I mean the really big stuff like the 67-year-old-woman from Yorkshire who, after years of abuse, says ‘no’ to her husband. Or the girl in Cornwall, just come out of social

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  • The death of Captain James Cook – 14 February 1779

    “Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” Whatever you may think about British colonial expansion, its impact and subsequent noxious effects, you have to admire the bravery, spirit and ambition of farm labourer’s son Captain James Cook. When he sailed away from Blighty in the 18th century it

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  • Guns ‘n’ roses: the murder of Joan Root – 13 January 2006

    On this day in 2006, 69-year-old Joan Root lay alone bleeding to death from gunshot wounds at her home on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya. Whodunnit? Who cut down this Kenyan-born English rose? And why? As a young woman, Joan was shy and quiet, but spirited, fearless and utterly enchanted by Africa. In 1961 she married Alan Root

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  • The Life and Works of Vincent van Gogh

    Map of Vincent van Gogh – a painting of the places Vincent lived and worked

    On this hand-painted map of Vincent, discover where van Gogh lived and worked, and where some of his paintings were created.

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  • Shipping Forecast products

    Shipping Forecast – great gifts or just treat yourself!

    The words “And now the Shipping Forecast, issued by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency…” mean something magical to so many of us. And sometimes having art on your walls just isn’t enough… so Jane just had to make it the centrepiece of her new venture into offering beautiful and useful items for the home.

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  • Paper mache birds by Jane Tomlinson

    How to make paper mache birds

    The paper mache birds I’ve been making this year are more ‘folk art’ than ‘fine art’. People have asked me how I make them. There’s no precise recipe, I’m afraid, but this is roughly how I do it.

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  • The suicide of Vincent van Gogh – 29 July 1890

    On 27 July 1890, Vincent van Gogh, an unkempt, unknown 37-year-old Dutchman, walked out of his lodgings in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, just north of Paris, where he had been living and working since May. That day instead of his usual easel and paints, he carried a handgun he had perhaps borrowed from a farmer ‘to scare away the crows’.

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  • Easter Island statues by William Hodges, 1775

    Europeans discover Easter Island – 5 April 1722

    The rise and fall of Easter Island is a parable for our times; a warning from history of what happens when humans doesn’t pay close attention to every detail of Planet Three’s precious natural resources. On Easter Sunday 1722 Dutch sailor Jacob Roggeveen landed on a speck of volcanic land 12 miles long and 6 miles wide in the vast expanse

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  • Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus

    The death of Carl Linnaeus – 10 January 1778

    The Bible, Genesis 2:20, states: “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field”. But actually it wasn’t Adam. It was a Swedish botanist: Carl Linnaeus. My dad was also a botanist, so since I was knee high to an orthoptera, I was aware that everything had a

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