Art · colour · composition · draughtsmanship · Monet Impressionism · Uncategorized · Winter

Let it snow!

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!

composition · Manet · painting · Uncategorized

Causing a riot!

This is continuing my series of looking at paintings that have provoked strong reactions in the viewer. Manet’s Olympia 1863 could be said to win the prize for causing the most extreme reactions for a painting ever exhibited. Barricades had to be erected in front of the painting so outraged were members of the viewing public.… Continue reading Causing a riot!

composition · draughtsmanship · Uncategorized · Velazquez

Arousing Passions!

A painting is an inanimate object and yet through the centuries there have been certain paintings that have aroused intense passions even to the point of anger. I am going to be making a study of these and come up with my top five paintings that fit into this category. I am starting off with… Continue reading Arousing Passions!

Art · children's art · colour · composition · Hundertwasser · Uncategorized

It’s child’s play!

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!

Abstract · children's art · colour · composition · Kandinsky · Modern art · Uncategorized

Can you hear the colour?

It has always fascinated me how in the period of the late 19th century to the early 20th century that artists were exploring the link between art and music. It began with the artist Whistler giving his paintings musical titles. Symphony in white No: 2 Gradually colour and all references to the figurative were reduced… Continue reading Can you hear the colour?

Art · children's art · composition · drawing · Matisse · Uncategorized

It’s all in the mind!

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!

Art · composition · Portraits · Rubens · Uncategorized

Painting of the month

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