I spent the day at the ashmolean museum in Oxford yesterday. Glorious things there, it is one of my favourite museums. They have an outstanding collection of Chinese ceramics, and this 18th century vase was one of my favourites. I didn’t paint in the museum. Just did some sketches and took notes. Very hard to paint a deep dark blue vase on a black base. There was also a Japanese waterfall enamel base which I am trying to include in my “Vermeer” painting. Not easy.