With his colourful paintings of fantastical building it’s not hard to see why the paintings of Austrian born New Zealand artist & architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser are instantly appealing to children. Indeed when ever I have explored his work with my young students they are drawn to the shapes, patterns, colours of his work and are… Continue reading It’s child’s play!
Welcome to September and the “season of mists & mellow fruitfulness.” It’s a season that has been inspirational for many artists & here are just a contrasting selection. Autumn in France- Emily Carr Tom Thomson- Group of Seven Monet- Autumn effect at Argenteuil
I know from my own art practise and in particular my recent sculpture course I attended how much the mind plays in convincing oneself that you are capable of the challenge set. I can liken it to going through a dark tunnel and finally you emerge into the light. To instil confidence and a self… Continue reading It’s all in the mind!
Rubens Le chapeau de Paille :portrait of Susanna Lunden 1622-5 May be not an obvious choice for an august month with not a beach or sail boat in sight but for me this portrait of possibly Rubens sister-in-law Susanna Lunden is painted with such a fresh directness that puts me in mind of the sunny… Continue reading Painting of the month
The tittle refers to a challenge that I set for children as a way for them to relax and remove any feelings of fear they may have when embarking on a new art project. This challenge works for children and adults alike. This challenge is part of a larger project which I will post about… Continue reading You would be better off drawing with your eyes closed
Every piece should of art should tell a story, how you create that narrative is as much part of the piece of art as the finished piece. For the final piece of ‘my’ course Painting into sculpture, we were asked to study and take our inspiration from the artist Paula Rego. As well as her… Continue reading If you are sitting comfortably then I’ll begin….
As part of my current course called’ Painting into sculpture’with The Royal drawing school at their west London studio our marvellous tutor Marcus asked ask to create a Giacometti inspired portrait head. He showed us an excellent technique and method that I would like to share with you. First he took profile photos of our… Continue reading How to create a Giacometti inspired sculpture