I have been demonstrating with watercolour today at my local Hobbycraft store in Cheltenham.
The photo above is of the demo table set up with a display of my work. I took a mixture of things along, hoping that there would be something to appeal to everyone. My intention was to inspire people to see the versatility that can be achieved with watercolour.
The two sunsets at the front of the photo are the paintings I was working on, along with the iris painting in the centre by the colour chart. Many thanks to all the friendly people who stopped by to say hello! I’ll post the finished work as soon as it’s completed……..
Following on from my last post, I can reveal that the artist who had been inspired to paint Llansteffan was J.M.W. Turner. Turner is an artist who I have the greatest admiration for, not only for his exquisitely beautiful work, but also his revolutionary approach to painting, especially in watercolour.
The painting below was made around 1795 & is entitled “Llanstephan Castle by Moonlight, with a Kiln in the Foreground”. This contrasting of Medieval ruins with modern industry became a regular theme in Turner’s subsequent work. Turner also made a number of pencil sketches of the Tywi estuary at Llansteffan during a later visit in 1798. The painting also explores one of Turner’s other preoccupations; light. The subjects are lit by both moon & fire light.
It is interesting to note the Anglicisation of the place name from the Welsh ‘Llansteffan’ into ‘Llanstephan’.
I think the tide was in when Turner was painting & there was a bit more activity on the beach than the day I took this photo!
Below is a link to the excellent Phaidon series book on Turner, that I can recommend if you are interested to discover more of the work of this ground breaking artist. All the Phaidon books I have in my collection contain beautiful reproductions of the art works & the series is both excellent & inexpensive.
Last weekend, despite rain & high winds, I braved the elements for an intensely bracing walk on the beach at Llansteffan in south west Wales. Llansteffan is not truly coastal, but an estuary with beautiful fine sand & devilish currents.
as I walked perfect, tiny compositions appeared beneath my feet.
I am not the first artist to have appreciated the wild beauty of Llansteffan, but more of that in a forthcoming post.
I have a contribution published over on my friend Alison’s website today. It’s about the influence that creativity has in my life. There’s also lots of other interesting information on health & lifestyle, including examples of Alison’s artwork.
This painting was commissioned by the “Association L’entente Cordiale” in Marseille France. It represents the famous treaty between Great Britain and France signed in 1904 when the two countrie became allies. The powerful images of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben are represented on the woman’s bodice. The hair on the painting resembles the famous “Marianne” which is the emblem of the French Republic. The colours chosen are the official flag colours of both countries and the designs of both flags are found on the painting. The heart represents the new found “love” between the two nations. Alison has used a variation of this design for the logo on her website.
Alison’s website is called Feel Good After Fifty & you can view by clicking here.
Hello to all my artist friends (both established & aspiring!),
I’ve started a group on Facebook for us to share art & creative ideas & would be honoured if you would join me. All types of drawing & water-based media work is welcome. The group can be found by clicking here .
‘The mutation of an everyday object into an art substance.’
This giant cat & several large apes were hanging out by the port in Cannes, just a stones throw from the sea (you can see the yachts in the background of this photo). The cat in particular was rather scary…… & enormous!
The sculptures are the work of Serge Van de Put, a Belgian artist, with a background in advertising. He was inspired during a trip to Africa by the ability of the people living there to give new life to worn out tyres. This transformation saw the tyres reborn as shoes, buckets & other useful objects. The photo below shows the tread of the tyres & gives an indication of the huge scale of this sculpture. It also gives a sense of how the artist has used the pliable nature of the material to create the form.
A little further along the edge of the port was this cage with its pair of captives.
I thought the shredding of the tyres created an interesting texture on the figure below
& here is a close up of the face of the larger figure
Chained to the outside of the cage was the final imposing figure below