Thursday, 26 April 2012

"A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air” Henry Ward Beecher

I'm back! I've been away, helping to train the new Italy team.
I flew into Naples last week, spent an amazing week in Sorrento and got the train back to Sicily today. Sorrento was beautiful with its golden sunsets and boulevards lined with bulging orange trees.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Impressions are like pearls; ideas are like the string that turns the pearls into a necklace. The string is invisible, but it is not dispensable and cannot be broken. (Mu Xin)

I've got a feeling I'm going to bore you with this view, this summer! It'll probably be, to me, what Cezanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire was to him. A source of fascination and inspiration. So I thought I'd have a go at painting it in different styles. Following on from yesterdays post, here's a Seurat style painting of the view!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

“Art is harmony. Harmony is the analogy of contrary and of similar elements of tone, of colour and of line, conditioned by the dominant key, and under the influence of a particular light, in gay, calm, or sad combinations.” Georges Seurat

When I was studying History of Art at university I did a dissertation on the various cliff paintings by Monet and Seurat. One of my favourites was Georges Seurat's 'Le Bec du Hoc, Grandcamp'. 
When I moved into my new apartment this week, what should be displayed above the bed? Yes, you guessed it! The very painting. I can understand why my landlady selected it, the image does look remarkably like the view from the apartment.

My friend Azra,,  often says that its good to practice painting by copying the works of famous artists. So here goes... this is my 'interpretation' of the pointalism of  Georges Seurat. I didn't quite have the right paint, paint brush and I certainly didn't have enough patience....

Thursday, 5 April 2012

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at any moment. (Claude Monet)

So... I'm in Sicily, again!

I'm lucky enough to have been allocated an apartment overlooking the Bay of Mazzaro', with Mount Tauro behind. To say the least, it excites the artist in me! It will be amazing to be able to study the rocks, fishing boats and sea below. It has already proven to appear different at every hour, in every light, from moment to moment!
This was yesterday evening, with a storm brewing at sea, when the ocean changed from Jade Green to Prussian Blue

One day Boudin said to me, 'Learn to draw well and appreciate the sea, the light, the blue sky.' I took his advice. (Claude Monet)

'Oh, to be in England....' (Home Thoughts, From Abroad)

'O, to be in England
Now that April 's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!......'

Robert Browning (From Home Thoughts, From Abroad)