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Pure Gold

At a time when the news about the environment saddens us, I wanted in this artwork to convey metaphorically some good aspects about how many people are caring for the world around them.  In this piece, I convey how precious this species, the black and white Carnaby cockatoo, has become in Western Australia, and some […]

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A painting called Girt by Sea 3 by Lynda Fynn Dickinson

Language and Commerciality

A recent video on the Royal Academy of Art, London’s David Remfry, Royal Academician, and his journey in art over many years was very inspiring.  In it he shares with us the view that many artists need, for commercial survival, to create something that appeals to the public, and not what the artist themselves necessarily […]

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A painting called Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 70 by Robert Motherwell

Shapes : Robert Motherwell

I was first introduced to the abstract expressionist painting of Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) after a visit to the Abstract Expressionist exhibition in Bilbao in 2017.   It is, however, Motherwell’s paintings on Elegy to the Spanish Republic, painted between 1948-1967, which interest me most. He painted over 100 paintings on the subject, and was always seeking […]

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A painting called Untitled by Philip Guston 1980

Shapes : Philip Guston

Over time I have become really interested in shapes, and why some artists have a bee in their bonnet about certain shapes which appeal and intrigue, frustrate or mystify – Cezanne and his mountain, for example. During a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2017, I was also introduced to the work of […]

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A painting called Splice by Vanessa Jackson

Shapes : Vanessa Jackson

  The shapes in the Royal Academy of Art Academician Vanessa Jackson’s work are intriguing. It is as though some initials or Roman numerals have been used in different ways, with ranging colours, to convey different meanings and moods. Splice is an interesting work:  I can see Vanessa’s initials VJ used in various and interesting […]

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A painting called Girt by Sea by Lynda Fynn Dickinson

Shapes That Inspire

And a little closer to home, I am obsessed with perfecting the assemblage of my own shapes, which have been inspired from the environment in Western Australia. I have filled bookfuls of the shapes, and although at times I’ve questioned why they appeal, and what they mean, I don’t necessarily need to know or understand […]

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A painting called Around the Fish by Paul Klee

“Around the Fish” by Paul Klee

I have long been an admirer of Paul Klee, particularly his fish paintings, and enjoyed viewing the textures and techniques of this artwork in the flesh at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The fish is orbited by his iconography which evolved out of his teaching at the Bauhaus.  The arrow, which he used as […]

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A window sculpture called America Windows by Marc Chagall

“America Windows” by Marc Chagall

With light shining through this masterpiece, Chagall’s America Windows makes a fine display at the Art Institute of Chicago:  I found myself looking at the play of colours for a long time. At the end of World War II, Chagall sought new artistic expression, and working with master stained-glass maker, Charles Marq, made 86 windows […]

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A sculpture called Sleeping Woman, by Charles Ray, exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago (2015)

“Sleeping Woman” by Charles Ray

This was my favourite artwork by Charles Ray at his Art Institute of Chicago 2015 exhibition. Although this work is made from solid stainless steel, the woman reminds me of the Sleeping Venus by Giorgione or Ophelia, the latter also painted by various artists including a more recent version by a Royal Academician in Britain. Ray marvelled […]

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Katharine Hepburn, painted by Everett Raymond Kintsler, 1982, Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington DC. (Used by permission of the artist)

Katherine Hepburn by Everett Raymond Kinstler

In moving slowly through the wonderful American Portrait Gallery in Washington, this artwork of Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), painted by her friend Everett Raymond Kinstler (born 1926) caught my eye. Kinstler is one of America’s foremost portrait painters – the National Portrait Gallery has acquired 75 of his works for its permanent collection, and in 1999 it […]

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Photo of Hand Puppet by Kelly (13yo)

Young talent time

I mentioned in my previous post that I find one of Pablo Picasso’s insights very uplifting:   “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child” and I posted a few wonderful artworks from children in our family. Here are some more gems for you to enjoy, including […]

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Photograph of an artwork by Alexis, aged four.

Picasso and child art

In June this year, we visited the Picasso Museum in Carrer de Montcada, Barcelona.   The museum was constructed in 1983, and was not only in an extremely atmospheric part of Barcelona, but the museum showed some of Picasso’s more unusual works, from his formative years up to 1904, and also 40 ceramic pieces which were […]

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