Painters I’ve been looking At 2: Joaquin Sorolla

Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Spanish painter I find the Spanish painter Sorolla to be one of the most technically amazing painters, because of his ability to render water and the beach light so perfectly. The colour… so sensitive and so dazzling in it’s variety… He gets the joy and freedom (with a touch of melancholy) of…

John’s painting of our beautiful blue ball

Here’s a painting from a series of aerial landscapes of Victoria, Australia by my friend John Fitzgerald. I just love their boldness and clarity. They’re quite large (about 90 x 90cm) and when you see them in real life you actually feel like a bird hovering high above the land. They’re deeply freeing paintings. Here’s…

William Robinson: landscape painter extraordinaire

William Robinson ‘Nerang River Pool’ Here’s a painting by the Australian painter William Robinson (born Brisbane 1936-). I think he’s one of the best painters in the world currently working. In his recent work he mainly paints the coastal rainforest of Queensland, Australia. These are not simple, cursory paintings. Paint slapped on. They have a…

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…

Drawing from another planet: Patti Smith

I was a big fan of the musician/poet/artist Patti Smith when I was a teenager in the 70’s. Many hours were spent lying on the floor with the headphones blaring. I learnt a lot from her. French poetry for one which I had no idea about in my little suburban world. She worshipped Rimbaud. Recently…

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)….

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…