All children I have worked with have been fascinated by the Medusa legend and of course this has been a very popular subject with artists. For those teachers covering the topic of myths and legends this is an area where art and history can be combined. When I show the children the various images of… Continue reading The face of the Medusa
Artists paint their own self-portrait for a variety of reasons and at different stages in their life’s. For me the self-portrait that stands above all others is Goya’s ‘Self-portrait at an easel’ 1790, although that date is still in debate. What is it about this self-portrait that so appeals, it is the way that Goya… Continue reading Why paint a self-portrait?
Van Gogh’s ‘Fishing in the Spring’ the pont de Clichy oil on canvas 1887 There is nothing more beautiful than the Northern European spring and this painting reminds us of the freshness and the green intensity of colours after the grey of winter. Painted alongside his fellow painters Paul Signac and Emile Bernard in the… Continue reading Painting of the month
When looking at a painting we might consider composition, space, form but I also consider rhythm. Each painting has its own rhythm and energy, the way that the forms and shapes interact with each other creates this. No where is this more clearly demonstrated than in P. de Champaigne The Marriage of the Virgin 1602-1674… Continue reading Things to consider
The tittle may seem a contradiction as you can’t possibly do life drawing without a ‘live’ model. However there are those days when you wake up and have a yearning to practise drawing the human form. Yesterday was such a day so what to do without that essential model? For me the next best thing… Continue reading Life drawing without a model