Following in a cardinal’s footsteps: Gallery visit to Ambrosiana Museum in Milan, Italy

leonardo-da-vinci-portrait-young-man-musician-1485

We recently visited Milan, Italy for the weekend and of course as Milan has a long history (starting from 400 BC with Celtic tribes, through to Romans conquering in 222 BC, to being dominated by the Spanish, Austrians and the French at various times), there is lots of art and architecture to see.  First cab off …

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The kangaroo in Australian painting

kangaroo from painting by george stubbs

Kangaroos are popular in some places... Since I've been living in Sweden, I've found out how many people love australian animals. I had no idea that people all over the world love them. When I was young, growing up in the 60's and 70's, it seemed to me that nobody cared much about australian animals …

Being Provincial

Recently when we were in Estonia I sold a couple of landscape paintings and received some commissions (2 flower paintings and a cat painting). It's always really pleasing when someone likes your work. What a place! I sent the painting to Estonia this week (thankyou to the capable hands of Mari) and it's now safely …

Landscape painter Eugene Von Guerard: Nature Revealed or not?

Painting of 'Tower Hill' by Eugene-von-Guérard

Eugene Von Guerard  'Tower Hill' 1855  Oil on Canvas I caught up with a painting buddy in Melbourne recently and we went to an exhibition of Eugene Von Guerard's (1811-1901) paintings and drawings at NGV Australia. We had a great time talking about everything except the Von Guerard paintings and probably annoyed everyone in the …

A cubist visit to Prince Waldemarsudde’s museum in Stockholm

Cubist painting by Gosta Adrian Nilsson

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson 'Skapelsen' 1918  Oil on Canvas Recently we visited the fantastic Prince Waldemarsudde's museum on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm as it's always a beautiful place to go even if you don't think much of  the exhibitions. This time they were having a retrospective of the  Swedish artist Gosta Adrian-Nilsson or GAN (1884-1965). …

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 …

The Blue Rider: A visit to the Albertina museum in Vienna.

Photo of Albertina Museum, Vienna

Recently, we were in Vienna for the weekend, (hopefully to get a break from the cold in Sweden, but alas not to be - though it was sunny) and the Albertina museum, on the Inner Stadt, was one place I wanted to visit. The German Renaissance artist, Durer (1471-1528), is just one of those artists …

Northern Landscape: A visit to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm

Matisse's Morrocan Landscape

Recently we went for a visit to the Moderna Museet, the modern art gallery in Stockholm. I primarily wanted to go to see Matisse's landscape painting 'Paysage marocain' (Acanthes), 1912. One of his Morocco paintings. It's a gorgeous painting because of the colour and simplicity (the picture doesn't do it justice). Matisse 'Paysage marocain' (Acanthes), …

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- …