Category Archives: Research points

Psychogeography – some notes on sources

Several years ago I read a book about Pierre Bonnard and the importance he placed on his morning walk [1]. Regardless of where he was he followed a fixed ritual of a morning walk before breakfast to provide inspiration for … Continue reading

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Quinacridones – the start of a wonderful relationship?

For the latest assignment I’ve been working on a series of paintings of Dumbarton Rock. My aim was to try out different approaches and use new colours for some of the paintings. A rummage through my art supplies unearthed a … Continue reading

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Abstract Expressionism

From the 1930s onwards many artists and intellectuals moved from Europe to America beginning a decline in European dominance of art and culture. Two major European movements of the inter-war years began to influence the New York art scene, the … Continue reading

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The application of paint by different artists

A weekend in London offered the chance to visit some exhibitions and galleries and, for this Research Point on paint application, I spent some time at the National Gallery looking at works by Cézanne, Vuillard and Monet. These notes are … Continue reading

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Working with gouache

This post is a postscript to the exercise View from a window or doorway. In that exercise I used gouache as it was a medium that I wanted to try and I felt that it would suit the subject I … Continue reading

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Aerial perspective

There are two types of perspective that artists use when painting and drawing. Linear perspective uses shrinking dimensions and convergence of lines to convey distance and depth while aerial perspective makes use of gradations in colour, tone and definition. [1] … Continue reading

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Linear perspective

One way of illustrating the basis of linear perspective is to imagine yourself as a spectator looking from a fixed position at a fixed object through a rectangular window. The window-pane represents the surface of your drawing or painting.  Basic … Continue reading

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Still life – 19th century to the present day

Influence of Romanticism As society developed in the 19th century ideas in art were more readily disseminated. Museums and new printing techniques meant that artists had greater access to ideas from other periods and cultures. As a result of the … Continue reading

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Still life in 18th century Europe

At the beginning of the 18th century the European art world was still dominated by the academic system. The academic tradition focused on subjects that embodied noble themes through depiction of historical scenes, battles and heroic action. The dominant art … Continue reading

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17th century Dutch still life

Origins of still life painting The earliest surviving still lifes in European art are Greek and Roman wall paintings with the majority of examples from in and around Pompeii and Herculaneum. These were not still life paintings as we would … Continue reading

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