My favourite artist…

…is Richard Long. So I was delighted to finally find the time to visit his first major retrospective at the Tate gallery in London this weekend. At last, the right attention is being paid to someone I consider to be one of the great 20th century artists. I won’t go into his art or the theories behind it here, as you ought to visit to discover it for yourself. As well as his photographic records of his work and relationships with landscape, he also produces text-based artworks which I adore from the memories, feelings and even smells they invoke to the marvellously modern font and colours he uses. Click here to read more about and see examples of his work. In the meantime, here’s an image of his spectacular ‘Line in the Himalayas’, from 1975.

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This month’s BBC Homes & Antiques magazine is even more than packed than ever with inspirational and practical information about collecting and living with antiques and collectables. In this month’s issue, insiders reveal their ‘trade secret’ favourite hunting grounds, be they antiques centres, specialists, auctions or junk shops. I was delighted to be asked to contribute, so buy your copy now to find out where I go to find bargains… You’ll also be able to read about the favourite personal possessions of a number of Antiques Roadshow experts, a fascinating article from Roadshow colleague Marc Allum on vintage biscuit tins, and much, much more!

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