Bitesize Blog: Holbein

Click the image for XXL Hans Holbein the Younger A Lady with a Squirrel and Starling Oil on Panel, 56×38.8cm, 1526-8 This is one of Holbein’s most beautiful paintings and yet we do not know for certain who this serene…

Why I moved to WordPress

Regular readers might have noticed that they are reading this latest blog post in a slightly different environment. No, you haven’t landed on someone else’s website, it is still me. I have just changed the way my website is managed…

Verspronck: Girl in Blue

To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with dark brown backgrounds, wearing black clothing and a fabulous snow-white ruff or flat collar. There are a few exceptions of course, but the majority of…

Create

“You don’t decide to be an artist, art gets inside of you. It’s like falling in Love” Carmen Herrera, 1915-> love that quote. It explains very well how and why I became an artist. I wasn’t born an artist. I didn’t…

Beauty and Art

What is beauty? What is art? These classic questions have been asked again and again over time. The fact that these questions are so old proves perhaps that there is no simple answer; that the answer is fluid and changes…

Cretacolor Pastels

Cretacolor Carre Pastels are hard pastels that are nice and easy to use, hardwearing, and affordable. They are great for sketching as well as painting, but limited in use through its small colour selection and the lack of single sticks…

Drawn

At the Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) in Bristol there is a drawing fest going on. The curators have cleverly brought together 3 exhibitions: a contemporary exhibition of drawings selected from open submissions (Drawn), a collection of…

Bath Society of Artists 2017 Show

Last night I went to the very busy private view of the Bath Society of Artists Summer Show. It was packed! It is a record breaking exhibition in that it has never contained more art works before. From the 700+…

Book Review: Figurative Artist’s Handbook

Figurative Artist’s Handbook by Robert Zeller: I found out about this brand new publication via social media. I follow many American figurative artists on social media, including Robert Zeller, and admire much of their work. I like to explore books…