Art of the Landscape: Best Australian painters 2

painting of Sydney Harbour Bridge

I'm in Australia for a few weeks to see family and friends and it got me inspired to present another post on Australian painters. There's so many great contemporary artists to write about but for this post I've just focused on those that have passed on to the great studio in the sky. Grace Cossington-Smith …

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Cezanne: my first landscape painting love

Painting by Paul_Cézanne 'Still Life' 1893-94

Paul Cezanne 'Mont Sainte Victoire' 1898-1902  Hermitage Museum, Russia Sometimes you forget how much you loved particular artists. Recently I saw one of Cezanne's Mont St Victoire paintings on the internet and I remembered how much his paintings influenced my art aspirations when I was young. From his paintings I realised that landscape could be …

Art of the landscape: Best Australian painters 1

australian landscape painting of rocky hill

Australia has a rich history of painting the landscape. In the western tradition going back to the First Fleet in 1788 and in aboriginal art way beyond that. Here's just a sample of my favourite ones. Those who influenced me, those who taught me and those whom I aspire to be like. Jeff Makin 1943- …

Do you love your own art?

Landscape painting- looking through trees to the sea.

Preliminary gouache for landscape painting 2010 Loving your own art is a challenge but an essential one for success as an artist. We’re taught in our life that it’s vain and self centred and selfish to love ourselves and what we create. We must be humble about our achievements and never call attention to ourselves. …

The importance of being open

pine and birch landscape

Preliminary gouache for painting. 2010 I was pondering  the art world and the world in general today while having my compulsive afternoon coffee. Since I went to art school 29 years ago the world's changed dramatically. Then it was all about the art. At art school you absolutely were not taught anything that was remotely …