Art I LOVE – Pierre Bonnard

French artist and printmaker  Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947) was  one of the founding members of Les Nabis.  Les Nabis were a group of avant-garde Post Impressionists who distorted colour and composition to  decorative effect.  Bonnard was interested in unusual and unexpected angles and aerial perspectives – greatly influenced by Japanese prints. It is this which links him with Vuillard and theContinue reading “Art I LOVE – Pierre Bonnard”

Happy Birthday J M W Turner – Grand Master of the Elements – not all at Sea

Today is the birthday of British Romantic Landscape, seascape, watercolourist and printmaker  Joseph Mallord William Turner(b. London 1775 – 1851).  Turner understood the elements, for example when in 1834 parliament caught fire, Turner witnessed it.  He also sketched shipwrecks, storms and other natural phenomena like fog, rain, storms and above all the light and strove to capture it .  He was fascinated by the wayContinue reading “Happy Birthday J M W Turner – Grand Master of the Elements – not all at Sea”

Art Quotes – Monet – into the light

 ‘Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors whichContinue reading “Art Quotes – Monet – into the light”

‘How’s it going? here’s an update’

     Time for a little update.  ‘Echostains’ itself is going well, many are reading but, not many are commenting – don’t be shy come forward and show yourselves!  ‘Bookstains’ my other blog is coming along alright, its early days yet, but I am enjoying doing it.  Although I keep saying it, I really do need toContinue reading “‘How’s it going? here’s an update’”

Toulouse Lautrec Tracked…Maybe and Life in Sync

Puerto Rica actor Jose Ferrer 1912 -1992 was, I think may have been the actor I was trying to remember played Toulouse-Lautrec in the 1952 film biopic  ‘Moulin Rouge’ by John Houston.  Don’t ask me where Peter Finch came from…… It’s always frustrating when you can’t remember something for the life of you.  This happens with quizes aContinue reading “Toulouse Lautrec Tracked…Maybe and Life in Sync”

Watched: Hollywood Diva’s; Tamara de Lempicka, BBC 4

I watched this programme the other nights, wrote about it, then ‘lost’ the post! Art Deco artist, as she is often referred to, Tamara de Lempicka has always been a bit of a favourite of mine since I was at Uni. She has many fans, amongst them the artiste Madonna, a keen collector of herContinue reading “Watched: Hollywood Diva’s; Tamara de Lempicka, BBC 4”

My 130th post:How’s it going so far? Well…….

This is my 130th post!  I’m quite proud of that!  So far, since I started on 29th November 2008, I have only missed 4 days (and one of them was a time difference when I went away).   Although primarily, my blog is about art, there’s also categories, such as holidays, and uncategorised (me, goingContinue reading “My 130th post:How’s it going so far? Well…….”

Altered art book: page 16 Shooting at Cross Purposes

On this page I had chosen a lot more sentences then the previous pages (I can’t remember why though,because it was so long ago when I chose them!  The chosen words were: ” They’d shoot at the wooden crosses” ” The door would shake then the window then the door again” “He became a regularContinue reading “Altered art book: page 16 Shooting at Cross Purposes”