Seasons Greetings! Here are some of my favourite snow scenes. Hunters in the snow by Bruegel the elder 1563 Surely this painting is in everyone’s favourite snow paintings. The composition is flawless, we are there with the hunters surveying the wintry scene below. The ice-tone cool colours giving the feeling of relentless cold.The bending bodies… Continue reading Let it snow!
Before the advent of the tube I don’t think anyone could have predicted just what a wonderful source of design inspiration it would become. Starting with the tube map designed by Harry Beck in 1931. I think this design must surely rank as one of the best designs of the 20th century. It gives all… Continue reading All hail the design of the tube
The price of anything is only worth what anyone is willing to pay for it be it a can of beans or in this case a Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi which was recently sold for the jaw dropping sum of $400 million or £301 million. There has been a lot of speculation that… Continue reading What’s it’s worth?
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