Saturday, 23 June 2012

'After tea it's back to painting - a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm.' Gustav Klimt

I absolutely love Gustav Klimt's works at the moment. He's a painter that you don't hear mentioned very often, but his iconic images like 'The Kiss' appear everywhere (as I work around hotels I notice that he's one of the most common artists used in paintings hanging in rooms and corridors). I prefer his lesser known works. The orchards and lakes and meadows. The painting of the shrine was inspired by his 'Baurmgarten Mit Krucifix' 1911. I'd love to be able to copy his style but as he worked in think layered oils or acrylics and I mainly work in watercolours I just can't create the effect. I shall just admire his work and hope to catch an exhibition one day. What an inspiring artist and man.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

“ sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet” (Robert Browning)

Anybody who knows me, knows I am definately not a nostalgic nor a particularly patriotic person (hence this post is being composed from my home in Italy). I believe in living in the moment and going where the breeze/life takes you.... However, here is my token tribute to the Diamond Jubilee weekend in the UK. For five years I worked for the Royal Family and 10 years ago this weekend I was working inside Buckingham Palace at the Golden Jubilee concerts, what a great weekend that was - so for the first time I do have a touch of nostaliga! Hope you all have a great weekend of celebrations over there!
My sketches are of the Bosco San Pietro oak trees in Sicily, and of course the oak is a symbol of strength and permanence. The flags I have made for the airport for greeting the British customers! Enjoy the weekend, wherever you are!