Tumbleweed – A New Addition

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.

Acrylic on canvas

61cm x 92cm x 2.5cm

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Tumbleweed by James Presley
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3 Billboards Outside Plymouth, England

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.

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Women Artists in Ascendance

Spotlight on Helen Frankenthaler

Excerpts from Life Magazine, 13th May 1957.  How times have changed.

 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Blue Territory, 1955

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.

 

 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Flirt 1995