Sorry, I have not been around for a while, just sorting out a few things in life. But here is another new painting I have just finished. I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to have a feature on my blog drop a line and we’ll sort something out.
Tour de Famille is my latest experiment in abstract art. I so love trying new and different colours than what I am used to working with. This painting is on box canvas so is ready to hang as it is or can be framed. Great for any modern home or office interior and also painted with passion and love. Enjoy!
I created this deep edge painting with the beautiful English summer nights in mind that we are having at the moment.The painting is 4cms deep and I have painted all around so it can be enjoyed all around, or you can get it framed.Summer Nights Rythm reminds me of a Tango dance on a summer’s night.Every bit of my soul went into it so I hope you feel it.
Sparkler is painted on a deep canvas and can be viewed from all sides as I have tried to make it infinite. I gave it this title because it reminds you of when you were a kid and you used to try to spell your name with a sparkler. I have tried to photograph it as best I can with my camera to get the truest possible colors as it is a very warm orange and red, so if you don’t have a fire in the winter this will hopefully warm you up.
This is a painting that I have done recently and I dedicate it to my cousin. The reason for this is because she gives me so much inspiration and it is just great that she is there for me, to encourage me and be such a wonderful person.
I’ve just, unwillingly watched some of the royal wedding and was quite surprised out how nice it was. There was definitely an American flavour to it, which I think gave it a bit of extra pazazz. I’m sure Meghan can’t believe herself, and where she is, and likewise Harry is probably feeling a bit lucky himself.
I’m not really patriotic and don’t care too much for the royal family, but good luck to them.
Here’s a jolly painting which has recently travelled to America, Philiadelphia.
Bee-have, which is a play on the word behave not be and have was created using just a few colours with a view to having a large impact.I have ticked that it isn’t ready to hang, but that’s a matter of opinion really.I just feel that a nice deep frame would show it off more, but for some, it may be just as pleasing as it is.Hope someone can enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it.
Tumbleweed is my latest painting on a painting.I created a painting and on top another painting. Tumbleweed was created on a 2.5cm deep canvas so is suitable to hang straight on your wall or in a nice frame.I hope you enjoy this heart-warming piece.The colours are so difficult to capture with a camera, which is especially annoying when you know how beautiful they are. I think I have done this one justice though.
The thing I liked about doing this painting was the beautiful violet blue color didn’t really stand out till after I finished. That’s what I noticed, and that’s what I thought. This is another piece done on unstretched canvas. Great fun.
I kind of named this painting inspired a little bit by the movie. I found the billboards in the movie quite moving so I painted my own. Mine have my own message and it isn’t so tragic as the film, but it’s a lot more positive. The billboards are almost empty so you can add your own thoughts to them however you please. This painting is done on unstretched canvas which is 87 cm x 99cm from edge to edge and the painting itself is 65cm x 99cm. I actually prefer it unstretched but you can get it stretched if you want.
Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again. (Willem de Kooning, 1956)
On March 1, 1951 Vogue magazine published four pages of photographs by Cecil Beaton, in which two models showed the latest fashion creations in front of Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist, Number 28, Number 27, and Autumn Rhythm. The Vogue photographs exemplify the dichotomy of American culture in the 1950s: the contrast between Pollock’s paintings and the dresses emphasized the split between conformity within Cold War culture and the avant-garde modernism of post-war America. When Christian Dior introduced his New Look shortly after WWII, bringing back the corseted hour-glass-figure look, as well as lavish skirts…
This is my latest artwork, which reflects the feelings I have occasionally when I get stuck in a rut and don’t see changes happening. I am sure all will be well and suddenly the sun will shine on my creation 🙂 Although, I always try to keep my artwork positive and I hope here I have done so the same. Enjoy!
I know it’s only the end of February and we keep getting all of these warnings about cold weather on the way, but down here in Plymouth we have had the quite mild weather for the last couple of days which made me feel like doing something quite Springy.
So here she is, my little bit of spring to hopefully brighten up your day and put the winter blues behind.
Not so long ago, I was looking through some photos and I came across these images of some paintings. When I first glanced at them I had no idea that I had done the paintings because they are so different to what I am doing now and also because I had completely forgotten about them.
You see, I really can’t remember doing them. I know when I first started painting I was experimenting with different techniques and styles, but I don’t remember these. Anyway, I quite like them, so I thought I would share them and Icall them the Presley family paintings. Introducing me, my miss and my mistress and maybe a grand old wizard who helps me magic my way through life.
If you happen to like any of the paintings then good luck in finding them, because I have no idea where they are. I probably gave them to someone in the past and when I die they’ll be worth a fortune and probably sold at Sotherby’s for a ridiculous amount. LOL.
I’ve recently discovered a place where I can purchase all kinds of great books at incredibly low prices. I used to have a large collection of art books about some of my favourite artists, but due to circumstances out of my control all were lost, so I have gradually started replacing them and adding a few extra.
I recently came into possession of Picasso, by Carsten-Peter Warncke, which is an amazing book following Picasso’s journey through his different periods. To be honest, before I got this book I had only had an interest in Picasso’s Cubist art, I knew of other styles and periods but hadn’t really taken much notice. I didn’t know what I had been missing.
They are just some of the most beautiful paintings, with so much emotion, depth, and feeling, taking you inside the painting and capturing everything in the expressions and hands of the subjects.
So I have included a few here that I liked a lot and some details of hands that I could already see developing towards the cubist paintings that he later did.
I strongly recommend purchasing the book for study and inspiration.
Raymond Isidore didn’t plan on becoming an artist—let alone a sculptor who would go on to cover nearly every surface of his small home with glittering mosaics. But after a fateful stroll in 1938, when a shiny piece of broken crockery caught his eye, Isidore devoted the majority of the remainder of his life on the outskirts of Chartres, France, to the creation of one of the world’s most unique homes—an ecstatic expression of the untrained artist’s bursting imagination.
Isidore was born into a humble family in Chartres in 1900, and as a young man landed a position as the caretaker of a local cemetery. By all accounts, he led a provincial life; he married a woman roughly 10 years his senior and bought a humble plot of land not far from the famed Chartres Cathedral. There, Isidore built what began as a simple cottage, but soon transformed into his masterwork, known as La Maison Picassiette, which still stands and is accessible to the public today.
With the passion and discerning eye of a new collector, Isidore began his project by pocketing all of the broken bits of pottery and glass he could find. His sources were the fields and trash repositories around his home; he believed that “what people disdain and reject in quarries and dumps can still serve,” he once explained of his growing cache of discards.
At first, he had no objective other than to keep the eye-catching shards. “I picked them up without any specific intention, for their colors and their flicker,” he later recalled. “I sorted the good, [discarded] the bad. I piled them up in a corner of my garden.” ……. Read on
When we create we may like to do it in silence or wemay like to have some music going in the background. I have recently discovered Lana Del Rey, and the more I listen, the more I love it.
Her voice is so haunting and soothing, it’s kinde of like Twin Peaks mixed with a bit of bubble gum. I can’t really describe it, but it just goes around in my head and I really love to paint while listening to her.
Excerpts from Life Magazine, 13th May 1957. How times have changed.
In the art-filled centuries of the past, women rarely took up serious careers as painters or sculptors. Of the daring few that did, barely a handful achieved any lasting stature. I America, where during the 19th Century every well-bred young lady learned to while away idle moments painting pious scenes and sedate still lifes, art as a profession was left to men. Today the picture has changed. A sizable and remarkable group of young women is resolutely at work and their art is being sought by leading museums, galleries, and collectors.
One such young artist of the time was a graduate of Bennington College in Vermont, by the name of Helen Frankenthaler. She started by painting realistic landscapes and moved towards an abstract style to express her emotional response to nature. In her New York studio, she spread her canvas on the floor and often worked in the middle of it. Helen was a major contributor to American postwar painting and she continued to paint and exhibit throughout her life. Helen died in 2011 aged 83.
In 1950, a group of artists wrote an open letter to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. A survey exhibition was slated to open at the museum, “American Painting Today—1950,” but when the group took a look at the jury for the artist selection process, they deduced that it would almost certainly include only the more conventional art of the Met’s then-conservative tastes. The letter claimed the museum was dismissing the pioneering work done in “modern,” “advanced” modes of art that they had been practicing since the early 1940s.
Their protest would prompt a rift in American art, between the various forms of abstraction they practiced—which were supported by the Museum of Modern Art and its director Alfred H. Barr, Jr.—and the realist art that the Met curators considered the highest expression of 20th-century American painting.
This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio. On this episode: the dramatic story behind Jackson Pollock’s largest painting, why it’s undoubtedly exaggerated—and why that doesn’t diminished its significance in the famed Abstract Expressionist’s oeuvre.
Featured image: A Portrait and a Dream (1953) By Jackson Pollock
I was just reading an article that someone had posted about the featured image and it really got my back up. I absolutely hate it when people say “my kids could do that”, I really would like to see that. I might be being a bit biased as I love and admire the work of Jackson Pollock. I see something in it that I don’t in other works by other artists.
I would spend a lot longer looking at Summertime and being moved by it than I would if you put me in front of the Mona Lisa.
I remember the first time I saw the painting in London, I didn’t even know it was being exhibited there and the feelings of emotions sent shivers down my spine.
This method of painting is not about throwing paint at the canvas and hoping for the best, there is so much more to it than that. It’s about being one with the paint, the canvas and forming shapes, lines, and movements which are controlled into what can be a beautiful piece of art.
I know that Pollock worked on some of his paintings for months and others he did overnight, but he must have had something because there are still many people who would give anything to have an original.
It’s Christmas time once again and I would like to wish all of my followers, readers and artist lovers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is only my second Christmas in England for 23 years and I am really looking forward to spending it with my family.
Eureka! I’ve finally discovered the secret to blogging success! The good news is that I can’t wait to share the magic potion with all of you! Whoot!
Let’s get started…
What is ‘blogging success’ at the outset? Is it something achievable? Is it quantifiable? For me, a successful blog is one that is loved by all. A blog that is pampered in its niche attracts thousands of visitors, garners hundreds of likes and is home to a never-ending string of comments. A successful blog stands out from the rest because, well, it is amazeballs. But what does it take for an amateur to get there? Did it cross your mind at some point in time that those established bloggers were starters, like you? Yeah? Good!
Passion is the key to unlock the door to blogging success. When you blog, you have to do it out of love…
For centuries, the color purple has been associated with greatness: immense power, big personalities, and artistic genius. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar swathed their palaces and their bodies with it. Impressionists like Claude Monet became so obsessed with the color, they were accused by critics of contracting “violettomania.” And then, of course, pop god Prince branded his funky, supremely iconoclastic music with deep, dewy violet—a mystical force he dubbed “purple rain.”
It’s these lofty qualities that color authority Pantone referenced Thursday when announcing its 2018 color of the year: Ultra violet. The company lauded the hue’s ability to communicate “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future” in a press release, noting purple’s longstanding connection to “unconventionality” and “artistic brilliance.”
Indeed, nowhere is the creative and cultural influence of purple more clear than in a tour through the history of art, from ancient Roman frescoes to Pop art.
Antoine-François Callet, Louis XVI, King of France and Navarre (1754-1793), wearing his grand royal costume in 1779, 1789. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Antoine-François Callet, Louis XVI, King of France and Navarre (1754-1793), wearing his grand royal costume in 1779, 1789. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Josef AlbersPalatial1965Susan Sheehan Gallery
It begins in the first millennium B.C., when humans developed a pigment known as purpura or Tyrian purple. Sourced from a tiny shellfish called murex, it wasn’t easy to come by. More than 250,000 of the critters had to be offed in order to produce half an ounce of the color—just enough to dye a single toga.
As with most rare goods, purpura became expensive and valuable. Ancient Rome’s rich and famous, in particular—led by Julius Caesar—fell for the color. Caesar’s interest was stoked after a visit to Cleopatra’s lavish Egyptian palace, decorated with purple porphyry stone and sporting couches upholstered in purple fabric. Upon his return to Rome, Caesar declared that only he could wear togas dyed completely violet. The law became harsher under a later emperor, Nero—if someone disobeyed, they could be punished by death.
Subsequent emperors loosened their grip on purple, but the color maintained its association with power and luxury. The wall paintings and mosaics that decorated Roman villas of the era often employed the color to convey status. Byzantine rulers assumed a love of violet, too. A 547 A.D. mosaic cycle in the church of San Vitale in modern-day Ravenna, Italy, depicts emperor Justinian I draped head-to-toe in purple cloth; the courtiers that flank him wear more modest bands of the same fabric, suggesting their high rank. (It was the Byzantines who coined the term “born in the purple.”)
The Catholic church later adopted the color, and violet-robed priests began to crop up in painted portraits. The 18th-century French court followed suit: When Antoine-François Callet painted King Louis XVI in 1779, he depicted him in a deep plum coronation robe.
Everybody wants to make it as an artist when they are alive, but it’s so difficult as there are so many brilliant artists out there and everyone is looking for their own unique style.
The truth is, I paint how I do, I wasn’t influenced, I started painting like this, way before I had ever heard of Jackson Pollock. In fact, when I started painting I knew nothing about art at all. I knew names and certain pictures and had been to galleries and exhibitions, but had never heard of Jackson Pollock.
So is it a coincidence, or am I the reincarnation? Spooky, eh?
I found out about him in 2001 when I had a girlfriend from America who introduced me to the Pollock film. The way he was portrayed by Ed Harris in it had me connecting with the artist and his art straight away. But, I had started painting before I saw that film.
By the way, I have only been to America once and that was to South Dakota and while I was there I visited Wyoming, where Jackson Pollock is from, but I was nowhere near Cody, WY.
In summary, if you want to purchase art similar to Pollock then visit James Presley’s website to get it for a fraction of the price, but be careful, because if he makes it big he might be knocking Pollock’s prices out of the park. Another great thing, he is still living, so you can even ask him to do commissions. 🙂 Oh yeah, you don’t have to bid, you can buy it for the price you see.
When I post on Instagram, I will often post parts of whole paintings just because I think that when you look a the painting up clode there is a whole new painting hidden within a painting. In case you didn’t know a lot of my paintings are 2 paintings. I have basically done one painting an painted over the top, so you get 2 for the price of one.
Anyway, sometomes when I post a whole painting on Instagram followed by parts of the same painting I often tend to get more ‘likes’ on the small areas of the large painting than I do on the original. Why is that? Any ideas?
The featured image in this post is part of one of my paintings, and so are the other 2 images. Can you tell me from which posts on my blog they are in, besides this one? person who posts a comment with the right answer and link to the post will get a mini Presley painting for absolutley nothing by post.
When I think of Munch I only ever think of ‘The Scream’ and I am sure many of us think the same, that was until I read this post over at irevou.com and saw that there are many paintings by the artist that I didn’t really know about in my ignorance. I did discover that his paintings were all about emotion and if I was teaching adjectives to describe emotions to a foreigner what better artist’s artwork to bring to the classroom than Edvard Munch’s.
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s works can cause psychological trauma. Or are they depictions of such trauma? There’s something bizarre about them, and said works show how art is not about the outward appearance of things, but their inner complexities. What hides behind a smile? What can you figure out about a person from their body language? What is it about colors?
Notable minimalist artists were Piet Mondrian and Barnett Newman, who created large abstracts using mainly square forms and primary colours. I, myself have been known to dabble a little with minimalism. I created a whole line of paintings. I always find myself bouncing back to expressionism though, this is how I feel I best express myself.
Piet Mondrian & Barnett Newman
Minimalism Art Movement, also called ABC Art, Minimal Art, Literalist Art, Reductivism, Rejective Art, emerged in New York in the early 1960s, in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.
Minimalism By James Presley
Is a school of abstract painting and sculpture that emphasizes extreme simplification of form, as by the use of basic shapes and monochromatic palettes of primary colors, objectivity and anonymity of style.
Minimalism By James Presley
Use of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature or design.
In Music, a school or mode of contemporary music marked by extreme simplification of rhythms, patterns and harmonies, prolonged chordal or melodic repetitions and often a trance like effect.
Featured image: Joy of Life (Le Bonheur de Vivre) (1905-06)
“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” – Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse is probably considered to be one of the greatest colourists of the 20th century with regards to his innovations. His works influence me and I love to look at his beautiful paintings which inspire me an start my wrists twitching and my thoughts going ready for my own piece of work to begin.
During his Fauve years Matisse often painted landscapes in the south of France during the summer and worked up ideas developed there into larger compositions upon his return to Paris. Joy of Live, the second of his important imaginary compositions, is typical of these. He used a landscape he had painted in Collioure to provide the setting for the idyll, but it is also influenced by ideas drawn from Watteau, Poussin, Japanese woodcuts, Persian miniatures, and 19th century Orientalist images of harems. The scene is made up of independent motifs arranged to form a complete composition. The massive painting and its shocking colors received mixed reviews at the Salon des Indépendants. Critics noted its new style — broad fields of color and linear figures, a clear rejection of Paul Signac’s celebrated Pointillism. Read More ...
You might think that Peruvian art is all to do with their culture, The Andes and The Amazon, but it is as diverse as their country. There are many Peruvian artists both past and present that have created beautiful artworks. Here are three that particularly caught my eye.
“This painter moves physically and emotionally between imbalance and depth. And so is his work, vivid, miserable and grandiose, not in size, but in spirit ” -Victor Humareda
Sérvulo Gutiérrez once said Teodoro Nuñez Ureta:
His strokes are feverish, dislocated, calligraphers, of a language, plastic of particular grammar, in which all the norms of logic are run over and imposed by a proper, instinctive, enlightened order.
To understand his art I will mention his appreciation of art and society “I have never believed in an art isolated from the reality that surrounds it and determines it, nor in a painting that pretends to ignore, as it is the impulse, the medium and the end of everything universal art “……. Read more
Don Quijote y Sancho acercándose a los molinos de viento
As a child he began strict artistic training in an art academy directed by his father, Germán Suárez Vértiz, who was twice the Director of the National School of Fine Arts. Throughout his career, his style was constantly evolving. Through his experimentation, Alvaro eventually created a new style, self-described as “Garabaticista”, which requires a great deal of color and brushing. His work has been published in different art magazines in Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan among other countries.
Fernando de Szyszlo is a Peruvian painter and sculpter who was an important figure in advancing abstract art in Latin America. Born in Lima, Peru in 1925, he spent many of his formative artistic years in Europe, where he met founding members of the surrealist movement like Andre Breton. He is best known for his use of pre-Columbian imagery in his red paintings. Szyszlo’s art is an attempt at reinventing Surrealist themes in a Latin American context, concerned more with feelings connected to indigenous mysticism than artistic conceit.
To read about other great Peruvian artists follow this link which is the source of some of the text.
I woke up in the night because I couldn’t sleep, as you do and I had an idea about offering my art to album cover designers. I could just see it all over the cover of a vinyl album. That’s the thing I love about vinyl records coming back in, the album art on some of them is so outstanding, that sometimes you just buy the album because of the art.
So I popped over to Canva and had a quick go at it. Maybe if there are some musicians or design companies that need some images for their latest album cover design they could contact me and I would be more than happy to release the high res. images to them for a small fee. 🙂
Look no further Sony, Polydor etc. I am here to help.
“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made a slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” —Mark Twain
“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.” —Paula Poundstone (comedian)
I had to open with a couple of cat quotes just because I love cats so much. They are my favourite animal of all the creatures of the earth whatever their size.
Here is my latest painting, which I have done straight onto a piece of unstretched canvas using acrylic paint and ink. I use to paint that way all of the time, but then I didn’t have the room so I was forced to paint on small areas. Now, as luck would have it, I am fortunate enough to have a bit more space (could do with an aircraft hanger) so I got a roll of canvas.
I noticed from looking at the many beautiful Bolivian artworks that colour is a very prominent feature in their paintings, which is pretty close to my heart. I love the vibrant colours and I especially love the street art. I wish there were more of that over here in England, but unfortunately it may be classed as graffiti, which I also love. By the way, I’m Banksy. 🙂 LOL!
Read the Spanish version
Bolivian art demonstrates itself through a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture and pottery, to name a few. The diversity of the country and its people, as well as the colourfulness of everyday life in Bolivia makes for great pieces of artwork, some of which are not acknowledged as much as they should. One of the main reasons for this could be the lack of Bolivian museums in the past. Recently, however the country has seen many new art galleries and museums open up, giving Bolivian artists more opportunity to showcase their work. The city of Santa Cruz is particularly well known for its display of Bolivian art culture, including painting, architecture and artisanal products.
Bolivia is home to a unique style of art and architecture known as Mestizo Baroque, created when the traditional religious art brought by the Spaniards was combined with the styles of the indigenous Bolivian people. The colonial period was dominated by artists such as Melchor Pérez de Holguín, whereas 20th century Bolivian artists include Guzman de Rojas, Arturo Borda, Maria Luisa Pacheco, and Marina Núñez del Prado.
So, I was quite busy painting in October and November, but I’ve slowed down a bit again now. I still have plenty of ideas but there are certain other things happening which don’t allow me the time I need to do so much. I don’t like to paint as part of my daily routine, so I’d rather not include it in my groundhog day of a life that I seem to be stuck in at the moment.
I’ll pick up the paintbrush and start dancing with my canvas in days to come and in the mean time here are some recaps from the last month or so.
“If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means.”
This is so true when looking at many works of art, if you like something you just like it, if you don’t get, you just don’t get. It’s like when you eat a sticky toffee pudding, you don’t know why but you’re just in heaven and then some people may not be. I don’t understand those people, but that’s the way we’re all different.
I’m really hitting the canvas lately, I have definitely found my creative mojo again. I want to do it all the time and it’s great. This is one of my latest creations and boy did I enjoy doing it, it just lets me express all my feelings in a sitting.
Anyway, I hope this spirit stays alive in me so I just keep going on.