Thursday, 16 May 2019

In Paris - Sketch

In Paris - Ink pen and watercolour by Benoit Philippe

Monday, 13 May 2019

Irises are in bloom

We have a clump of magnificent irises in our back garden and they are in full bloom.

These irises are pale purple. It is difficult to render the transparency of the petals and the light and shadow of their curled edges.

My set-up: sketchbook, Pilot Kuru Toga mechanical pencil, Sennelier watercolour travel box, brush with a water reservoir and... a cup of coffee

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Paintpot Angel (Angel with Paintpot) by Banksy

This sculpture was in the 'Banksy versus Bristol' Museum exhibition held in 2009 at Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery. Banksy donated this work after the exhibition and it has remained on display since then at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Winterstoke (Front) Hall.

Paint Pot Angel (2009) – Mixed media by Banksy (born in 1974). 

It is cast in resin with commercial paint, on a painted wooden base.

Location of the museum

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

Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery Website

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Aristide Maillol statues in Paris

These statues are located in the Jardin des Tuileries (near the Louvres Museum) in Paris, France. 

Monument à Cézanne (1925 – lead) by Aristide Maillol 

Air (lead) by Aristide Maillol

For the sculpture “Air”, Maillol modeled Dina Vierny (who was Maillol’s muse for the last 10 years of his life – she also modeled for Matisse and Bonnard) in plaster in 1938. This casts is one of an edition of six.

Monument aux morts de Port Vendres (1923 – lead) by Aristide Maillol 

The model for this work was also Dina Vierny. For the original war monument (for World War 1), the statue is in stone.

Related article

Aristide Maillol on Wikipedia

Monday, 15 April 2019

Grim Reaper 2003 by Banksy

Banksy painted the Grim Reaper onto the Thekla ship and nightclub venue in 2003.

Exposure to the elements was causing ongoing damage. In August 2014, while the Thekla was in dry dock, DHP Family (owner of the boat) removed the Grim Reaper from the ship’s steel hull.

This artwork is now on a long term loan and exhibited at the M-Shed museum in Bristol (UK).

Grim Reaper 2003 by Banksy 

The Thekla 

The Museum

M Shed
Princes Wharf
Wapping Rd
Bristol BS1 4RN

M Shed website

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