The Olive Branch

My latest: The Olive Branch, Acrylic on canvas, 92cm x 61cm

 

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The Olive Branch By James Presley

 

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The Olive Branch by James Presley

 

 

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Spot the Original?

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.

Triple Trouble (3)

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?

Revival (5)

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.

A great inspiration. Colourist of the 20th Century.

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.

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By Henri Matissewww.mcs.csuhayward.edu, 1 January 2008, PD-US, Link

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.
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Woman with a Hat (Femme au chapeau), 1905 by Henri Matisse

via Henri Matisse Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works | The Art Story

Bolivian Art – Art Culture in Bolivia

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!

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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.

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Graphic artist Marco Tóxico from La Paz

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.

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Cochamba Street Art

via Bolivian Art – Art Culture in Bolivia | don Quijote