Monday, 26 January 2015

Painted pebbles

This was just a bit of fun. We have some pebbles in the garden and I had some oil paint left after a painting session... 3 painted paperweights.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Henry Moore on appreciating forms in 3 dimentions

“Appreciation of sculpture depends upon the ability to respond to form in three dimensions. That is perhaps why sculpture has been described as the most difficult of all arts; certainly it is more difficult than the arts; certainly it is more difficult than the arts which involve appreciation of flat forms, shape in only two dimensions. Many more people are "form-blind" than colour-blind. ”

Henry Moore, in “Notes on sculpture” (“Writings and Conversations” – Edited by Alan Wilkinson)

Three Motives Against Wall, Number 1, 1958 - Bronze by Henry Moore

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Abbey House Gardens - Malmesbury

Abbey Garden - Malmesbury - Watercolour (37 cm x 30 cm) by Benoit Philippe

Last summer, we were lucky to be invited by friends to their wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at the Abbey House Gardens (Wiltshire, UK). I took many photographs and will paint more scenes from this garden.

It is possible to visit the garden.

Abbey House Gardens
The Abbey House,
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9AS

Website of Abbey House Gardens

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Self-portraits of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists

You can’t go anywhere today without seeing someone taking a selfie…

Artists did not need smartphones and left us self-portraits. Here are some self-portraits of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (USA).

Self-Portrait (1858), oil on canvas (40.7 x 32.7 cm - 16 x 12 7/8 in.) by Henri Fantin-Latour 

Self-Portrait (1861), oil on canvas (25.1 x 21.4 cm - 9 7/8 x 8 7/16 in.) by Henri Fantin-Latour 

Self-Portrait with White Collar (c. 1857), oil on paper on canvas (20.5 x 15 cm - 8 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.) by Edgar Degas 

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière (1888 or 1889), oil on canvas (46.5 x 38.6 cm - 18 5/16 x 15 3/16 in.) by Paul Gauguin 

Self-Portrait, Aged 21, oil on canvas (22.2 x 17.4 cm - 8 3/4 x 6 7/8 in.) by Edouard Vuillard 

The museum

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue NW.
6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Website of the museum:

Monday, 12 January 2015

Good Mooring

Good Mooring by Benoit Philippe - graphite on watercolour paper (21 x 30 cm)

For this drawing, I used:

  • Canson Montval watercolour paper (300 g/m2)
  • Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil 
  • Caran d'Ache Grafwood 9B

Friday, 2 January 2015

Musée La Piscine – Picasso’s ceramics

The Musée La Piscine (the Swimming Pool Museum) located in the city of Roubaix in France has a good collections of ceramics by Picasso.

Picasso made many ceramics when he lived in the South of France, in Vallauris from 1948 to 1955. To this day, Vallauris has many artists working with ceramics.

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Musée La Piscine
23 Rue de l'Espérance, 59100 Roubaix, France

Musée La Piscine website