Tag: Canvas Art

Winter Solstice

One of the oldest Winter celebrations in the World is the celebration of the Winter Solstice.

In the time when Ancient people were hunters and spent most of their time outdoors, their lives was heavily influenced by the seasons and weather. Many Ancient people worshipped the sun. In fact the word ‘Yule’, is thought to have come from the Norse word for wheel ‘Houl’. The Norsemen of Ancient Europe saw the sun as a wheel that changed the seasons, so at mid-winter, they would light Bonfires, tell stories and drink sweet ale.

If you were an Ancient Roman, this time of year was cause for celebration that lasted 7 days called, Saturnalia. The festival started on 17th of December and throughout the following seven days, houses were decorated with greenery, presents were given, processions flowed through the streets, candles were lit and ordinary rules were reversed – men dressed as women and masters dressed as servants !

In the UK, Winter Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year, on the 21st of December. It has been celebrated since the time of the Druids – long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids would cut Mistletoe that grew on the Oak trees, and give it as a blessing. Oak trees were regarded as sacred and the Mistletoe a symbol of life in the dark Winter months.

Peter McDermott Winter Solstice - Print

Winter Solstice Art by Peter McDermott

The Druids also believed that the sun stood still for twelve days during the Winter months, so they would burn a log to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

Now-a-days, many of these Ancient traditions have become part of the festivities at Christmas-time.

Enjoy the season, love and best wishes,

Elaine and David x

NEW! Canvas Art

Peter McDermott Art on Canvas – Wow! Can you tell I’m excited to share our new eye-catching choice of art ? Colourful, bold, iconic – canvas art printed on artist-grade cotton canvas – I love them, they look clean and modern and are an ideal lightweight alternative to framed art.

I say this, and it’s only my opinion because, I’ve recently had to deal with lath and plaster covered walls vs good old bricks and mortar. Trying to find a good patch of wall for my fixing says more about the age of the building than my DIY skills, but I shouldn’t grumble. Oh, and another reason I like the canvas art so much is that it’s ready to hang straight out of the box !

The canvas art is sealed with a UV-coating to protect and preserve the image while eliminating glare, and is available in two finishes.

  • Canvas Wrap
  • Canvas Float

The Canvas Wrap is basically as it sounds – the canvas is formed/wrapped around a real wood frame, and means you can see the image around the sides of the frame.

The Canvas Float is block mounted on board and framed in either a white or black frame to create the “float” effect.

Please Note:
Canvas Wrap and Canvas Float options are only available for Peter McDermott Art

Famous Aeroplanes of Second World War

Do you know an aviation enthusiast, friend or family member who would love these as a gift ?

Don’t worry about wall space – you can have these beautiful works of art, not only as a Giclee, Poster or Canvas wrap, but, if wall space is at a premium choose a colourful mug design or even get one of our greeting cards framed !

The historic Spitfire and Lancaster are just a couple of the famous planes from WWII artist Peter McDermott has immortalised in his art. Our collection of McDermott Railway Poster Art is ever growing. We have new art including iconic landscapes and architecture – online, as well as Twice the speed of Sound – Concorde and new Solstice images of Stonehenge.

Spitfire | Lancaster | Messerschmitt | Hurricane | Peter McDermott Art

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