Royal Art to be Auctioned for Penny Brohn Cancer Care Charity

Penny Brohn Cancer Care will auction an artist’s proof of a watercolour painting by The Prince of Wales during an exhibition scheduled for October 3-5th, 2008, along with works by other artists. The exhibition will take place at the new Penny Brohn Cancer Care facility in Pill, just outside of Bristol.

Artist proof of The Thyme Walk by Prince Charles Penny Brohn Cancer Care, formerly known as the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, is the first and leading holistic cancer charity in the UK. The exhibition is certain to be impressive, as it will also feature artists from Bristol Savages arts club and The Royal West of England Academy. Over 100 artists will participate in the exhibition, permitting visitors to see new talent and purchase pieces from the artists.

Watercolour by Prince CharlesHis Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ artwork that will be auctioned is a painting of his renowned organic herb garden at his Highgrove Estate. The signed artist’s proof titled ‘The Thyme Walk, Highgrove House’ is a fitting piece for the for Penny Brohn Cancer Care art auction. The Highgrove Estate uses a holistic system of organic gardening and Penny Brohn Cancer Care pioneered the holistic Bristol Approach to cancer treatment. A photograph of the Thyme Walk garden adorns the back cover of The Elements of Organic Gardening book by HRH Prince Charles and co-author Stephanie Donaldson.

The charity art auction is expected to have sales of £50,000 from the auction of over 400 pieces. Fundraising manager Julian Withers stated, “we are privileged to have His Royal Highness as our Patron and delighted that he has made this most generous donation. All profits raised will help us with our life-changing work caring for people with cancer and their families and friends.”

The exhibition is October 3rd through the 5th, with the auction scheduled for Sunday October 5th. For additional information about the charity and the exhibition visit: or telephone: 01275 370073

Johannes Vermeer: The techniques of the Dutch painter

A look at the life and painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer, painter of "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

By Alina Bradford
(Originally Published by Suite 101)

Image Courtesy of Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer (1632-1675), best known for his painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” was a Dutch painter who loved to paint domestic interiors, portraits and city views. Possibly trained by Leonaert Bramer or Carel Fabritius, Vermeer was a Master in the Delft painters' guild from 1653, and was considered a very fine painter in his lifetime, though his skill was nearly forgotten until 1866 when art critic Thoré Burger published an essay attributing 66 pictures to him. It came to light that only 34 paintings were actually by Vermeer, but it still brought the painter back into the spotlight.

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