The kangaroo in Australian painting

Aboriginal wall painting of kangaroo in X-Ray style. Aboriginal artists in general have continued to depict the kangaroo seriously in their paintings. From time immemorial to now. 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…

Postcards from the Snow

Winter’s been so long in Sweden. It seems to have been dark for about 6 months. But that means plenty of time in the studio which is what I’ve been doing. With the radio and cat to keep me company. (How great is internet radio!) I’ll show you some of the results of my labour…

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?

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

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

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.

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 that,…

Northern Landscape: A visit to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm

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

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-…