The animator who animates your drawing!

Glen Vilppu’s a brilliant drawing teacher (he was an animator at Disney earlier on in his life), I discovered recently (while confined to bed with a flu – one of the few times I don’t feel guilty wasting time surfing the internet), on youtube with a fantastic analytical method of teaching drawing that makes learning to draw…

Art of the Landscape: Best Australian painters 2

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…

Cezanne: my first landscape painting love

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

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-…