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Happy Birthday J M W Turner Master of the Elements!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART VIDEOS, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by echostains

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 way light acted upon the elements, giving them a sort of spiritual majesty. Turner loved the sea and it is said that he once had himself tied to a mast of a ship for a few hours to better understand storms.  A romantic tale which is  probably a myth and takes ‘method’ acting to new heights. 

Turner was a master of the elements and loved the Dutch seascapes.  He  conveys emotion through his paintings, and an incredible affinity with natures elements.  The sea was in his blood.  He was brought up by the Thames and it would prove to be a great source of inspiration to his work.  In this great video, Turner’s relationship wiith the natural elements is further explained.

A past birthday post about Turner by me here

Another of my posts featuring Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire   here

Video by

Her Aeolian Harp  with thanks!
 
Turner’s life here and website here
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Altered art book: page 20 continued

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by echostains
page20

page20

 

Method used for this page was watercolour, then ink was inscribed (ok, then scribbled…)  I actually used a rubber stamp on this page, a leaf one.  I used some handmade paper, torn at the bottom of the page.  Ribbon was used and some plastic shapes embellished.  I love the colours used on this page.

Transcription ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego continued Pages 14

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , on February 17, 2009 by echostains

Continuing my Transcription ‘Snow White and her Stepmother by Paula Rego: Page 14

page14

page14

 

More experiments with tone. (p.14)

page-15

page-15

I drew this image over and over again until I really knew my way around it!   This is one of the early acquaintances….. (p.15)

I then cut and re arranged the image, then extracted a section that seemed to contain  rhythm (p.16 – 17)

page-16

page-16

 

More shapes start to emerge…(pages 18 and 19)

pages-18-and-19

pages-18-and-19

By cutting and rearranging coloured photographs of the image, I then attempted to paint the new composition using water colour paint….

pages-20-and-21

pages-20-and-21

 

To be continued…

These are the other pages so far:

Page 1 – 5

Page 6 – 13

Altered art book: page 11 Walk a life in my shoes

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2009 by echostains
page-11-walking through childhood

page-11-walking through childhood

The words I picked out were; –

‘They walked through their childhood’

The idea of walking through childhood is of course associated with memories: nostalgia for what has been.  My immediate thought was childhood toys, until the shoes hit me that is.  How many pairs of shoes do we go through in life I wonder?  What about past lives? all those shoes!  One CANNOT have enough shoes…… or enough lives?

page-11-shoes detail

page-11-shoes detail

I scribbled these hastily on a prepared white background.  The idea of walking in different shoes puts me in mind of Reincarnation, doing unto others as they would do to us, role reversal and of course following in our Forefathers footsteps.  Is there a purpose? is there a pattern? or is life just a repetition of what has gone before? (in our personal sphere)

I have quite a few artists in mind, associated with this page, but they will have to wait until tomorrow.

Media used; ink,wax crayon, watercolour paint, print, mock snakeskin paper