Friday, 28 August 2015

Saint John statue by Salvador Dali in Alicante

This statue of Saint John by Salvador Dali is in the entrance area of Alicante’s Town hall (Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1, 03002 Alicante, Spain), just by the stairs. It is dated from 1973.




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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sketching on the beach in Alicante

It's not always easy to find a good block of time to sketch. Going to the beach with the family gave me ample time to draw. The other advantage is that there are plenty of people around and nobody seems to bother if you are sketching.

You have to be quick and there are times when people will move. It will happen, and in this case I just start a new sketch (on the same page if the first one is not too advanced, like below). The trick is to start by drawing the people first and then the objects that are less likely to move.

For speed and freshness, I draw directly with the ink liner, without any pencil outline.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Morning sketches in Alicante

I went with my family on holidays near Alicante, in Spain, and I had a time to do some sketches that I will share with you in several posts.

 Morning coffee - Ink pen and watercolour by Benoit Philippe


Urban jungle- Ink pen and watercolour by Benoit Philippe



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Friday, 21 August 2015

Hope II by Gustav Klimt - MoMA in New-York



Hope II (Oil, gold and platinum on canvas - 110.5 x 110.5 cm) by Gustav Klimt


Hope II (detail)

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was an Austrian painter. He worked in Vienna which was also home to Sigmund Freud. The topic is complex with the pregnant woman, the skull, and three women at her feet.

Klimt’s technique combines tradition (Byzantine gold leaf painting) and modernism with very ornate organic patterns and a rich palette.

Details for the museum

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Reality Questioned Exhibition – Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

This exhibition is part of a series on Modern Art in Britain and is still on until the end of August 2015.


Paintings by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, David Bomberg and Eric Ravilious are on show, with several paintings coming from the collections of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.


The Hands by Barbara Hepworth


R 25 by Roger Cook


Night Sky by Jack Smith


Sea/Land by Ian Hamilton Finley


Buoys at Harwich by John Nash






Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery,
Queen's Road,
Bristol, BS8 1RL