Monthly Archives: February 2014

Edward Hopper

Some interesting facts on Hopper: He used an increasing economy of means, a waiver of extraneous detail, an emphasis on simplicity of composition, and a growing emptiness. The economic crises of 1930’s was the crises of modern life Like Morandi, he saw … Continue reading

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Points to consider in Assignment 2 Feedback

I am listing some comments made by Emma about the paintings submitted. Layers – could be the passing of time Look at Peter Doig’s various men dressed as bats. More development work and different versions 4 Paintings feed into one another with bits of … Continue reading

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Project oils and acrylics together (1)

I have never really used acrylics before and was quite curious to try opaque and translucent swatches of oil over acrylic on canvas and on paper. The bottom layer remains undisturbed by the oil paint and I like the translucent quality of this … Continue reading

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Project Painting based on outdoor and imaginary sketches

I live in a suburb with no particular scenic landscapes around me, except for Jacaranda and Oak trees lining the streets. I made the following outdoor sketches: I reworked the above drawing as a basis for a watercolour study, later in … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Woman on my wall

A few weeks ago, while I was on holiday at the coast, I found a portrait of a woman on my wall. The white marks are not paint but leaching white salt stains from moisture seeping through the bricks. A closer look, … Continue reading

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From Jacob Ruisdael to Alan Rankle

Jacob Ruisdael (1628-1682) was a Baroque painter, living in the Netherlands. He never married and kept no journal, resulting in very little being known about him as a person. His interpretation of landscapes was original, because he was able to add a moral and … Continue reading

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Contemplating the future of landscape painting

Bruce Backhouse’s current exhibition at Everard Read is titled “Karoo Preserved.” He writes that the SA landscape has been over exploited to a point where it is no longer visually challenging to either post modern artist or – viewer. In trying … Continue reading

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