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“Shepherd's Cottage, Firle” by the painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and official WWII War Artist Eric Ravilious (click the image for more)

Landscape © by James Lynch, much of whose work is inspired by hang gliding in England's West Country, and who is often compared to Eric Ravilious

“100 Years” © by Steven White

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

Christmas Card Art

The best Christmas cards can have some great art. I particularly liked these two (click either image for more by the artist):

“Homeward Bound”, a digital painting © by Carla Vize-Martin

“Winter Run” © by Giuliana Lazzerini, much of whose work is influenced by the Tuscan landscape and her childhood memories

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

“Monet's Playground” © by John White

John writes:

“This scene is from France in the town of Honfleur, in the Normandy region. This is a small fishing village where Monet frequented with his friends to paint the bright colors and vivid scenery that was so different from his home. I painted this early in the morning before the crowds made their way to this absolutely gorgeous spot.

“This was done on site en plein air and is an unframed 9"x12" original oil painting.”

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

“View of the city of Lviv”, a beautiful watercolour © by Andrey Kovalik

(Lviv is the second largest city in Western Ukraine)

If you like this...

[The tags on this post are among my favourites... just a suggestion]

Fine work by the Algerian artist Faiza Maghni, whose other work is well worth checking out
(thanks to ThePhil51 and Gatorindo (David) for this one)

“Three Generations” by the realist painter Jie Wei Zhou, whose other work is well worth checking out

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

Beautiful art by Chen Huimin

Thanks yet again for this one (and for being led to this great art resource) to ensemble5, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from her over the years.

Some digital matte paintings by Yanick Dusseault - I have obviously seen much of his work at the cinema without realising it!

There are currently some 80 images on his site, mostly used to create scenes that you will recognize from Star Wars, but others including mattes for Black Panther and Avatar. Click either image above to see the vast range of his work and how it has been applied.

If you're interested in movie technology (e.g. CGI, massive crowd simulation) you may be interested in the links that I provide here (in the right-hand column of my movies web page).

“Mouse Dreaming”, a fine watercolour by the realist painter Jacquelyn Stein, whose other work is well worth checking out

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

“Discover #7” © by Isabelle V. Lim, a Singapore artist who specializes in great pastels

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.

If you like this...

[“Misty Morning” by Tom Dubbeldam]

Two fine watercolours of Venice © by Stan Miller (reproduced here with kind permission)

If you like this...

[One of my photos of the quiet Western Quarter of Venice]
[My photos of Venice in September 2001 - and what came after]
[Try clicking some of the tags at the top of this post... just a suggestion!]

Two of many fine watercolours © by Stan Miller (reproduced here with kind permission)

Some very nice watercolours by the South Korean artist Misulbu

There are several treats for art lovers here. If you click either image above you will go to Misulbu's own art gallery (watercolour section). His Korean home page is hard for English people to navigate but well worth exploring. His main sections are Watercolours, Pen, Oils and Acrylic/Airbrush.

I was introduced to Misulbu by the wonderful art blog of David Meldrum, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden. It features not only his own work, including some great watercolours, but also introductions to many other fine artists.

(Click the palette to visit David's great art resource.)

Beautiful watercolours by the Vietnamese artist Dang Can

If you like this...

[My collection of watercolours]

“Kaui Ferns”, a fine watercolour by Claudia Ihl, whose other work is well worth checking out

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

“On Their Way” by Steven Hileman (click the image for more from the artist)

My second grateful snaffle in a row from Jerry's fine pages, but I couldn't resist the wonderful autumnal feel of this one.

“The Muse” by Jose Pardo

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

“Magpies in a Summer Field” by Rob Barnes (click the image for more from Rob)

The Bourneside Gallery, BTW, has an excellent online arts and crafts resource. Just a reminder too that if you're interested you can find my complete list of art sites here, or by going to the favourite tags section at the end of my "White Rabbit" Index.

Two lovely examples of Serge Marshennikov's paintings of beautiful women, which include many very fine nudes

Thanks to blacksock for discovering this artist for me!

“Moonlight Picnic” by Lucia Heffernan

“Crows and Gargoyles” by Brian Slawson

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.

National Marc Chagall Museum, Nice, Côte d'Azur, France, September/October 2016

[Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer visit continued from Part 2]

The National Marc Chagall Museum, about a 15 minute walk uphill from central Nice, is the only museum dedicated to a famous artist that was opened by the artist himself (so far as I know). Many great artists, unfortunately, were not fully appreciated in their own life time. Marc Chagall is one of our favourite artists.

The images below are my own photos (photography without flash is permitted in this museum), processed to correct perspective etc.

Stained glass windows in the auditorium

If you like this, you might like...

[All of my art posts]
[My stained-glass posts]

[Index of all my photoblogs]

Some Wall Art Along the Douro

[Portugal/Spain visit continued from Part 2]

I took photos of some of the wall art appearing in public places.

These pictures were on display in the dining area of Quinta da Roêda, one of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards, owned by Croft Port. The artist is António Ervedeiro, but I haven't found any information about him online (yet).

I also took a small selection of the many tile murals at Pinhão's small railway station. The old-style baskets for collecting grapes weighed over 100lb when full.

Before the dams were built, the Douro was shallow with fast currents. Taking the loaded Port Wine boats downstream to Porto was relatively fast, perhaps a week or so, but it could take a month to bring the boats back up to the vineyards.

Things are much faster now!

[Portugal/Spain visit continues to Salamanca in Part 4]

“Summer’s End” by Marci Oleszkiewicz - thanks yet again, Jerry!

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, France

We recently spent two very nice weeks in Nice, one of our favourite cities (if you are interested you can see a photoblog of our first trip to Nice here).

This time we stayed not far from this museum, where they allow you to take photographs without flash. These are my photos of some of my favourites, which feature the wonderful colours of Provence. The first picture is my kind of place... if you like it, you'll probably like some of the other nice places in this collection.

Click a label if you would like to see links about that artist.

“Autumn Light” by Cathy Hillegas, whose other work is well worth exploring

Snaffled gratefully (as so many others) from Jerry's fine pages.

“A warm Farewell” by Scott Ruthven - from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst

“Winter Skaters” (1906) by Wassily Kandinsky - one of my favourite paintings, kindly found for me by Ceara

© Lia Melia

Click either image above to see more of Lia Melia's Ocean Waves paintings

Thanks again to regtf1948 for this great find!

Nice, Côte d'Azur, France, November 2015

This was our second trip to Nice this year (our first trip in Feb/March can be found here if you are interested). We revisited many of our favourite places, so this time I am showing our visit to the Asian Arts Museum and Phoenix Park, both in a nicely redeveloped area near the airport.

Click the image above if you would like to see this visit, otherwise if you would like to skip the photoblog then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post.

“Harbor Master's House” by Barbara Applegate, whose other work is well worth checking out

Gratefully snaffled (as so many others) from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks again, Jerry!

This is my photograph of a painting by the Portuguese artist António Neves, hanging in the lobby of the hotel in Lisbon where we stayed recently. (I took it from the side to avoid glass reflections, and then fixed perspective etc. with image processing.)

I have posted some photos of our Lisbon trip here.

“Emerald Morning”, an oil painting of an “absolutely classic PA barn” on the Granogue Estate, by Stephen White

Gratefully snaffled (as so many others) from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks again, Jerry!

If you like this...

["Autumn Frost", a very fine photograph by Alex Ugalnikov]
[...and try the jerzee55sst or autumn or landscape tags - just a suggestion!]

“Landscape with House and Ploughman, 1889” by Vincent van Gogh

From The Blessing of Autumn, one of a number of fine posts by Jonie combining inspirational paintings and poetry.

Jonie (if she's the same person, and I'm pretty sure she is) had a fine blog on SU. I can't find posts from her anywhere later than 2012, but this particular blog is a treasure trove. Don't miss it.

If you're interested...

[Some info about this painting]

Ceara is rebuilding her fine collection of art - a resource not to be missed, full of high quality images and high quality information.

Her collection is well tagged, too - for example you can easily see all of her collection of impressionist paintings.

(Click the palette for more good art sites.)

“Playful Friends”, a watercolour by Christelle Grey, a South African now living in Australia

... featured on the site of The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia (also well worth visiting)

Parham House and Gardens, Sussex, July 22nd, 2015

My photoblog of our July visit to Parham House and Gardens appears below (or click the image to go there).

If you would like to skip the photoblog, then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post

“Elle”, a watercolour by Cynthia Barlow Marrs - from her portfolio Sketch Portraits

I found this, as I have so many good things, on the always-beautiful pages of ensemble5 (if you click her tag at the top of this post, you'll see what I mean!).

“Woman with a Parasol” by Claude Monet

One of my favourite paintings, kindly found for me by Ceara - click the image for her original, fully-documented post

If you like this...

[Many other paintings by Claude Monet]
[Ceara's collection of Impressionist paintings]

“Summer Pastoral” by the British Columbia-born Canadian artist Don Li-Leger, whose other work is well worth exploring

One of many treasures to be found on the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks, Jerry!

“Country Pub in Brannenburg” by Max Liebermann - my kind of place!

Another one from the wonderful art gallery of Ceara - click the image for her original, fully-documented post

“At the End of the Porch”, a beautiful picture by the American artist John Sharman

From the wonderful art gallery of Ceara - click the image for her original, fully-documented post

La droguerie de limandes, Scheveningen, 1882 aka “The fish-drying barn" by Vincent van Gogh

A particularly nice picture that I hadn't seen before - thanks so much to Betty-Boop for this one!

Hand-painted stones, examples of what the artist calls “dotillism art”, by Elspeth McLean, a painter and art therapist from Australia, who writes:

“Painting is my way to find my “happy place” and colour is a way to express and celebrate the colours of my soul. By using bright and vivid colours and intricate dot work style, the artwork I create becomes a direct expression of my experience of life. I tend to focus on the more uplifting and beautiful aspects of this world because I think there is already enough darkness.”

I can certainly relate to that...

One of many delights to found on the pages of regtf1948.

“Red Dinghy”, acrylic on canvas, by John Mansueto, whose other work is well worth checking out

Another one gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks, Jerry!

Thanks to my friend Ceara for this beauty from Rob Hefferan

If you like this...

[You might like the romantic tag - just a suggestion!]

“The Art of Snacking” © by Trisha Selgrath, whose other work is well worth exploring

“Implement Blue” by Margaret Preston

“Margaret Preston was an Australian artist. She was highly influential during the 1920s to 1940s for her modernist works as a painter and printmaker and for introducing Aboriginal motifs into contemporary art.”Wikipedia

If you like this, you may enjoy exploring the various links above (including clicking the image for info about the painting).

“Racing for the Cup” by Poppy Balser, a fine watercolour painter living on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada. You can see many images of her other paintings (recommended!) if you click the picture above.

Another gem gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks, Jerry!

If you like this...

[Try clicking the boats tag... or some of the other tags... just a suggestion!]

“Downs in Winter”


Marvellous watercolours by the painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and official War Artist (1940) Eric Ravilious, whose other work is well worth exploring (click either image above if you're interested).

For me, the spirit of Granny Aching still watches over these scenes of “The Chalk”. If you know what I mean then you might also be a fan of Terry Pratchett's wonderful books about Tiffany Aching (trainee witch) and The Wee Free Men (a bunch of tiny Caledonian hooligans), set in a mirror of this countryside (and assorted interconnecting worlds). The books are a unique combination of deep humanity, earthy wisdom and hilarious dialogue - if you have yet to try them, you might enjoy taking a look here.

“The Gotheborg”, an acrylic painting by the Canadian artist Neil Hamelin, who writes:

Another one gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst (Jerry).

“Vessels” by the realist painter Patrick Nevins

Thanks yet again, Jerry!

If you like this...

[Try the jerzee55sst or realist-painting or still-life tags]

Watercolours by Edward Seago   (click images for sources and related pictures, click other links for place info)

“Cattle on the Marshes, Norfolk

“Behind the Dunes, Sea Palling

“Shrimp boats on the Suffolk coast”

Brancaster Staithe

If you like this...

[Try clicking the watercolour tag (just a suggestion!)]

If you saw that wonderful “life is good” movie Enchanted April, you will remember the lovely theme tune that George Briggs (Michael Kitchen, perhaps best known for Foyle's War) plays on the oboe.

The tune is Elgar's Chanson de Matin, which you can listen to on this video in an orchestral version, accompanied by many of my favourite paintings by J.M.W. Turner.

It's wonderful how kids' clubs are introducing children less than 3 years old to art, in a practical and fun way, using great masters as inspiration.

This is an example from a place that my grandchild goes to. The first two were used in the session Paul Klee - Taking a Line for a Walk:

"A Young Lady's Adventure" by Paul Klee

"Castle and Sun " by Paul Klee

The next two come from the session Kandinsky - All About Colour:

"Concentric Circles" by Wassily (Vasili) Kandinsky

A masterpiece by very young children!

Click any image to visit the club activities page.

If you like this...

["Rainbow Fish", from Mrs. Bearden's Art Room at Euharlee Elementary, Georgia]

"Lazy Sunday Afternoon With a Glass of California Chardonnay" by Alexander Orlov, a Russian artist who died in 1979

Thanks, Jerzee55sst (Jerry) (lots more good stuff on his pages!)

"Seascape around Naples c1866" - Wikimedia Commons

"Across the Apennines (1867)" - Naples, Capodimonte Museum

Two wonderful paintings by Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1887), an Italian painter who fell in love with Paris and whose work merges the styles of Salon art and Impressionism. An excellent article on his life and works will be found here.

If you like this...

[Slideshow of some other works by Giuseppe de Nittis, with nice music]
["Aux beaux jours, 1889" by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942)]
["Conversations in the Garden of Luxembourg" by Vittorio Matteo Corcos]
["Girl With Guitar", a beautiful example of Decorative Impressionism by Richard Edwardl Miller]

BTW: seascapes are one of my favourite categories... if you like them too, try clicking the seascape tag...

"Who goes there?" from an original painting by the wildlife artist Roy Chaffin

Roy sent me this picture recently as an electronic Christmas Card. I am lucky enough to receive one of his paintings each year in this way, and thereby hangs a tale (which you can read here if you are interested, especially if you like aircraft or flight simulation).

(Meerkats, BTW, feature in a surreal and beautiful sequence in that awesome movie, Life of Pi - if you haven't seen it then I highly recommend it!)

"House in Winter" by Scott Prior, one of my favourite artists

Found on the always beautiful pages of expressioniste (Aline) (I always love her Christmas posts).

"Surviving Winter" by Amy Bennett

Thanks to Gatorindo (David) for finding this picture, and to bristol3 (Sharon) for tracking down the artist!

(Two people whose pages are well worth visiting, BTW.)

"Aux beaux jours, 1889" by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942)

One of many beautiful works of art to be found (among other things) on the fine pages of Toetie.

"October" by James Tissot (1836-1902)

Found on the beautiful pages of ensemble5 - a visit to her pages is highly recommended (and so is clicking her tag at the top of this post!)

(The linked page is a great art resource, BTW... click the palette below if you would like to see a list of more art sites featured on my pages.)

"Close to Home" by the ever-popular Pino Daeni, born Giuseppe Dangelico and often known simply as Pino, who died on May 25th, 2010

"Rainy dusk in Paris" by Thomas Kinkade (painting as Robert Girrard)

Thomas Kinkade, who died unexpectedly on April 6th, was a self-styled "painter of light" whose idyllic cottages and other works are very popular, although not considered great art by critics.

I do like this painting, done under his pseudonym of Robert Girrard, which he used when exploring the style of French Impressionism.

La Venise Verte (The Green Venice) from a visit to the Vendée, Western France in 1996

"Gust of wind" (small detail from "The Bedroom", 1998)

Lovely watercolours by Bottletop, whose Categorian blog is well worth visiting (for many reasons)

"Nocturne in Stramberk" by the Czech artist Tavik František Šimon (T.F. Šimon)

(Stramberk is a small mountain town in the Czech Republic, described here)

Thanks to Betty-Boop for this one!

"Bookstalls in Paris"

"Marchande des Primeurs (first fruit and vegetables of the season)"

Two of my favourite paintings by the Czech artist Tavik František Šimon (T.F. Šimon)

This is simply one of the best art resources on the Internet.

Great watercolours by the Australian artist Joseph Zbukvic, whom I discovered on the very fine pages of Trrrei

"Cerebral Cortex"

"Retina I"

Greg Dunn, the artist, writes:

I enjoy Asian art. I particularly love minimalist scroll and screen painting from the Edo period in Japan. I am also a fan of neuroscience. Therefore, it was a fine day when two of my passions came together upon the realization that the elegant forms of neurons (the cells that comprise your brain) can be painted expressively in the Asian sumi-e style. Neurons may be tiny in scale, but they possess the same beauty seen in traditional forms of the medium (trees, flowers, and animals).

I admire the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean masters because of their confidence in simplicity. I try to emulate this idea.

When I’m not doing this I’m working on a doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, to which I give a thumbs up.

Thanks, CookItaly!

[Greg Dunn's Web Site]

"Farm near Duivendrecht" by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian

Thanks to horseyoucameinon for the introduction to Piet Mondrian (here) and Alexandre de Riquer (below).

"Trivium is an online art history book, an ongoing project to catalog, crosslink, and make freely available artworks and information. Navigate through chapters and images using the left and right arrow keys, or swipe left and right on touch sensitive devices."

Well worth visiting.

Some nice art by Louis Ashton Knight, and nice music to go with it - thanks again, Elegantlady (Roberta)!

"Venice" (which the artist says he drew from this photo by Monika)

"Milano - Santa Maria Nascente"

"Szczytno in the Rain"

Some of many beautiful watercolours by the Polish-resident artist Minh Dam

Found via this site recommended by Cyrion, who has so many beautiful things on her pages.

"Sunset in Central Park"

"Magic Evening"

Evgeny Lushpin is something of a "formula" artist, but I really like these - thanks, Carouselle!

Some fine work © by Robert Alvarado, who has made retro pinup art a real art form - thanks to sezlez369 (Les) for this one!

[More from Robert Alvarado]

Peregrine Heathcote (born in London in 1973) paints a world of the past in which both travel and women were truly glamorous.
I really like the best of his work - this picture, for example, and also this.

"Carpenter's Workshop, Seen from the Artist's Studio" by Vincent van Gogh

From another great share by aldchronicle56 (Allan) (click his tag to see others).

"Detail of Lily with Rose (BloomIV)" © by the British artist Mary Jane Ansell

"Passing by" by E. Martin Hennings

I came across this beautiful painting (which cannot be reproduced here) long ago on a poster from Art in New Mexico, 1900-45: Paths to Taos and Santa Fe, an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art way back in 1986 (and still a book of the same name).

"Shangri-La Girls School: A Thousand Stairs, 2010" by the Californian artist Narangkar Glover - thanks to cookItaly (Carmelita) for this one!

"Starry Night Over the Rhone" by Vincent van Gogh - found on the always-beautiful pages of Cyrion

If you like this...

[Starry Starry Night]

"Murmure de la Rue" by Claude Lazar, an extraordinary artist who finds beauty in bleak and lonely scenes

One of many treasures to be found on the fine pages of my friend Louvain95 (Lou) - this one found here

A very nice video featuring the work of Patricia van Lubeck, set to some glorious music which I am pretty sure is by Karl Jenkins - it is very like (but isn't) one of the tracks on "Adiemus"

"Patricia van Lubeck is a self-taught artist. Born in Amsterdam in 1965, she was a bookeeper until 2000 when she started the 21st century by becoming a fulltime professional artist. She moved to the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand in 2005 and since then her work has taken a new and exciting direction. Her works in recent years show landscapes and weird plant species which she calls her psychedelic gardens."

Patricia van Lubeck was one of Ritas's favourite artists, and you can listen to more of Karl Jenkins' beautiful music here.

Thanks to my friend Catcaley for this one!

Another fine landscape painting by Jian Chongmin (Jian Chong Min) - see also my earlier post on this artist here

"Conversations in the Garden of Luxembourg" by Vittorio Matteo Corcos

I found this on Jonie's delightful SU pages. Jonie, who hails from Spain, also has a very attractive art blog - don't miss it! And if you click on the above image, you'll be taken to yet another good art blog that she led me to.

Three reviews for the price of one, as it were...

(Sadly, as of August 2015, Jonie's links have gone - but click her tag above.)

Native American art by Darryl L. Brown, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

I came across this artist in a wonderful video by Joseph Firecrow called "Wind in My Mind", which sadly is now unavailable (at least in its original location).

"Chromatella", an oil painting by the illustrator and concept artist Sergio Lopez, whose other work is well worth exploring

(This particular image will be found in his "Painted Roses" portfolio, which you can find if you click the above picture and then select page 2 near the bottom left...there's no direct link!)

A lovely painting by Nancy Macek, whose other work is well worth checking out

(snaffled gratefully from ToeTagJaneDoe (Sofie)'s fine pages)

"Island Rocker" by the Cape Cod artist Thomas B. Higham (my kind of place - thanks, johnshaven (Alison))

"The Future"


"Crossing the Medway"

"Against a Crumbling Wall"

Fine oil paintings by the Nova Scotian artist Paul Kelley, with an amazing attention to detail

(I have seen Nova Scotia many times, but only from an altitude of something like 31,000 feet... I always wondered what was down there...)

A beautiful untitled pastel by Vicente Romero - one of many beautiful things to be found on sezlez369 (Les)'s fine pages

"Portrait of Chelsea"


Esao Andrews is a multi-talented artist who works exclusively in oil on wood panels. His work is sometimes comic, often surreal and dark. Not everything he does is to my taste, but I liked these in particular.

Thanks, expressioniste (Aline)!

"Bridge to the old park" by Eugene Burmakin

This has become one of my very favourite paintings. If it were hanging in a gallery I would probably sit and look at it for 20 minutes!

"Prague", a wonderful watercolour by the Russian artists Sabir and Svetlana Gadzhiev, who (very unusually for painters) always work as a team

Thanks, Inga!

"In The Elbank, Hamburg 1886" by the Norwegian impressionistic artist Frits Thaulow

"Boardwalk Northern Italy"

"Evening stroll, Italy"

Paintings by C T Wicke (no information about the artist found yet!)

"Club Penguin" by the Canadian artist Mark Heine (really needs to be seen full size)

"Vineyards of Tuscany" by the Canadian artist Bill Saunders

One of my favourite parts of the world!

From my web site...

[Places to enjoy life... in Italy]

Yente has (among other things) some great art and music on her beautiful and thoughtful pages. A long visit is highly recommended!

I really liked these:

"Bird" by the Polish artist Leszek Andrzej Kostuj

"Birdie" by the Brazilian artist Caroline J. (~aeryael)

"Winter Hydrangea", oil on linen, one of many wonderful paintings by Paula Martiesian

Thanks, Inga!

The "gentle surrealism" of the Spanish artist Chelin Sanjuan Piquero

Edited from various sources:

Chelin Sanjuan Piquero was born on May 1, 1967 in Zaragoza, Spain. Her parents moved to Chile where she lived for five years before moving to Venezuela. In 1987 she returned to Spain to enter the College of Fine Arts in Barcelona. In 1992, Sanjuan Chelin opened an art studio in her native city, where she teaches drawing and painting in "Studio Canfran" and does Jewelry Sketches workshops, for the students of the "Escuela de Joyeria Bazan".

She currently lives in Valencia, Spain.

"On A French River 1893"

"A French River Landscape"

Two lovely paintings by the Norwegian impressionistic artist Frits Thaulow


From the page:

"This painting was created for the Federal Art Project, a branch of the Works Progress Administration developed to give financial and moral support to artists during the Depression.

"There is no information about who the painter was, but in 1981 a visitor to the Museum recognized the underpass as one near his home in Binghamton, New York. The artist printed a photograph of the scene onto the canvas, then painted over it in careful detail. The glowing streetlights are like stars brought down to earth from the distant skies, drawing the viewer into the image and through the brightly lit tunnel. The road seems less like an ordinary street in the city and more like a portal into the great empty blackness above."

Found via the superb art gallery (and labour of love) that was the SU pages of Ceanna (now on Categorian!)

"La Tache de Safi. 2007, oil on canvas" by the Hungarian hyper-realistic artist Istvan Sandorfi, who died in 2007

Found on the wonderful pages of fourteenth

This is the most beautiful and enjoyable arts programme that I have ever seen - with the added bonus of having been filmed in HD - don't miss it if it eventually comes round to your TV networks.

This was Sheila's own programme (only some of which is reflected here), and it is about more than painting; it is about a way of looking at life.

A scene from the English Lake District, one of many beautiful locations featured in this film.

Sheila Hancock is the widow of John Thaw (best known for Inspector Morse), and is a wonderful person and actress in her own right.

Venice has inspired many watercolour artists...

...from J.M.W. Turner, who had a rough time getting his style of painting acknowledged... modern watercolour artists like the Venetian painter Nicola Tenderini (Nicola is a man's name in Italian!) who still use Turner's techniques today

Some amateur watercolour artists are better known than others, although not always for their artistic work. This Scottish landscape is by Queen Victoria.

Sheila also looked at the sombre and modern side of watercolour art. This is a winter landscape by the English artist Paul Nash...

...who also recorded many images of WWI, both haunting and horrific

Sheila also met (among others) Douglas Farthing, a soldier for 23 years, who used watercolours to record scenes in Iraq and Afghanistan (often painted on crate lids) as well as keeping an illustrated diary. His work is well worth following up.

With segments on the Alps and India, Sheila's programme also featured work by Alexander Cozens and by Charlotte Canning. The latter had a rather sad life married to the Governor-General of India but was a talented and prolific watercolour artist.

"Rainy Clouds"

"From Hillhead"

"Feeding the Birds"

"Birch and Snow"

Some wonderful Scottish contemporary art by David Body, discovered for me (as she does so often) by Johnshaven (Alison)

  • 29th May 2013:

  • Sadly (from our point of view) Alison has withdrawn from blogging now, but I featured her many times here on my own blog, and if you click the johnshaven tag above (or go here) you will still see some of her delightful output.

Ilse Annoeska de Lange is a Dutch country and pop singer, better known as Ilse DeLange. I saw her recently on the BBC's Breakfast Show, and I suspect that she is going to become much better known internationally than she has been in the past. She has an attractive personality and sings great songs, and like most Dutch people of my acquaintance speaks English perfectly.

Here's a sample of her two styles (click images to play, videos will open in a separate window):

"I'm Not So Tough" (Pop)

"So Incredible" (Country)

"QiQi by the Door"

"The Cellist"

Nice work by the modern Chinese painter Zhao Kailin - thanks, Catcaley!

"Mezzo Goddess", from Art Nouveau Carnival by Emily Balivet

Gratefully snaffled from the always-delightful pages of Njoistumblin (click her name in the tags at the top of this post for more snaffles from her).



Some beautiful work by Hu Jundi

From this page:

Hu Jundi was born in 1962 in Juilin Province, China. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1984. Hu's work has been exhibited and collected in China and other Asian countries as well as in Europe and America.

His work is different from the oil paintings that we often see. His brilliance is in the harmonious blend of traditional Chinese brushwork with the unmatched depth of oils. His paintings are completely Chinese, with colors of the Sichuan environment...

He paints elegant, serene and beautiful Sichuan women. The attire is classical Sichuan Chinese, but there is an appeal that goes beyond...


Thanks to endtimes for introducing me to this artist.

If you like this...

[The work of Feng Chang Jiang]

"Chinese Landscape", painted by our very own Eftychia

"Butterfly" by Andy Warhol

Click the picture for a great on-line resource for this artist.

"Moonlight - Maritime Alps, undated"

"Azopardo River, 1922"

"The Road Roller, 1909" (I love the dynamic quality of this one)

Paintings by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)

Diana has some great stuff on her SumbleUpon pages. She introduced me to this artist and also to a great art site - thanks, Diana!

(When I find out where she has moved to, I'll update this!)

"Snow Blowing in the Pass, 1940" by Harold Weston (1894-1972)

I can almost feel my ears tingling...

Spray and acrylic painting by the French street artist Liliwenn, the title of which comes from the first line of this poem:

Give yourself a treat and click on the text above, which will take you a page where you can listen to this poem being read in the beautiful French language.

If you like this, you might like...

[Samba Saravah, from "Un Homme Et Une Femme"]

"LeS LiOnNeS eN cAgE" by the French street artist Liliwenn, on the wall of the Leake Street Tunnel in London,
famous as a semi-official graffiti showcase

[The artist at work in Paris]
["Escape" - more delightful street art by Zach Blume]

Starry Starry Night...

"Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh could hardly have imagined how many people would be inspired by his painting.

I shall always associate it with Don McLean and (seriously) Vincent's appearances in Doctor Who.

If you like this, you might like...

[The Vincent van Gogh Gallery]
[Starry Night Over the Rhone, by Vincent van Gogh]
[Ship Flying Over The Rainbow]
[My photoblog of Provence]

"Painting in La Miroiterie (Paris 20e, 88 rue de Menilmontant) - Oct 2010" by Liliwenn, who writes:

"This alive and artistic place will be destroyed in March 2011. A big shame..."

Liliwenn produces some amazing street art, among other things. Her Flickr site is full of wonderful stuff.

I discovered her on the fabulous pages of DaysEye.

"The Old Hall Under Moonlight"

"Liverpool from Wapping"

"November Moonlight"

Works by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) - thanks to my friend David for the introduction!

"Vietnamese Landscape", painted by our very own Eftychia

"Izabella and the Pot of Basil" by John White Alexander

Field-Daisy has one of the most (literally) delightful blogs that I have found so far on SU.

"Beauty" is an over-worked word, but you could apply it to any of the images, thoughts and poetry that fill her pages.

In addition, she really cares about the quality of what she does - click the image for just one example.

A visit to her pages is strongly recommended.

(When I find out where she has moved to, I'll update this!)

"Goddess of Water" by Ronnie Biccard, an artist whose work is well worth exploring

"Water is the element of purification, the subconscious mind. It is love and emotions. Water is the element of absorption and production. It saturates all life forms and within us we flow with the "tide" of our feelings. It involves intuition, insight, conception and pregnancy, fertility, the womb, health, beauty and divination."

From the delightful pages of my friend Fairydost (Banu), where many other beautiful things are to be found.

I am delighted to say that Banu is now Bumblebee here on Categorian (but sadly, from my point of view, her blog is private).

(Original post: August 25th, 2010)

"Catching The Rain" by Steve Hanks

This is for my dear friend Chaotiqual, hoping that the rain stops soon

Farewell to Rita (Succes) - August 12th 2010

"Never Morning Wore to Evening but Some Heart Did Break" by Walter Langley

This was one of Rita's last posts. I heard the heart-breaking news today from Sharon that Rita (whom you may know as Succes or Renée) has passed away. People have lost a good friend, and SU has lost one of its best Stumblers.

On October 24th, 2011 Rita's SU blog, which her friends will feel is a kind of memorial of her, was trashed by SU. Before that happened I saved her last 117 pages, from August 30th 2009 until her last post on June 21st, 2010, to my local hard drive.

I will occasionally repost some of her stuff on my Categorian blog (with tag succes), and if you were a friend of Rita's and would like a copy of what I have saved, just let me know.

Some other surviving SU farewells to Rita that I have found since (which may sadly time-expire also)...

[From Johnshaven]
[From Druidgirl]
[From Expressioniste]

If you know of others please let me know (and apologies for any mislaid).

"The Flying Cloud" (1926) by Montague Dawson

"Evening Light at the Port of Camaret" (1892) by Charles Cottet

Ceanna had what was probably the best art gallery on SU, which was where I found the two paintings above, together with Ceanna's usual excellent summary of each. The good news is that she is now here on Categorian (as Ceara)!

"Moonlight on Mt. Fuji" (ca. 1920-1929) by Lilian May Miller (1895 - 1943)

Found on the always-beautiful SU pages of Cyrion

"May I Have One Too" by Emile Munier (1840-1895), a student of William-Adolphe Bouguereau

"Calinerie" [A Little Coaxing] by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Thanks to Njoistumblin for finding these for me!

"Gentle Spirit" by Lee Bogle


If you like this, don't miss the wonderful nature art of:

[Judy Larson]

"Japanese Girls"


Some beautiful work by the Dutch artist Chrstiaan Lieverse

I was introduced to this artist a long time ago by Cyrion - many thanks!

"The House on the Hill" by Barry Hilton - gratefully snaffled from Alison

"Impression, Soleil Levant", Giclee on Canvas, by Ton Dubbeldam

StumbleUpon was lucky to have a number of stumblers whose pages are (among other things) superb art galleries in their own right, with great information as well as beautiful images. I found this work of art here on the pages of hhj.

I am pleased to say that hhj is now here on Categorian!

(Original post: May 1st, 2010)

We are lucky to live near Cambridge, but it almost always seems to rain when we go there! Luckily, the Fitzwilliam Museum is a great place to visit in any weather.

On this occasion there was a free exhibition of the works of three of the most original painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Walter Sickert (1860-1942) and Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), together with some of their contemporaries.

I really liked these:

"Scene from Lee, North Devon" by Samuel Palmer

"94 degrees in the shade", a self-portrait by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

"Guidecca", Rio della Convertite on Guidecca Island, watercolour over traces of graphite on paper, by John Singer Sargent
This was my favourite work in the Exhibition. Painted from close to the water-line, it seemed to me to have perfect proportions.

"Sletching on the Guidecca", watercolour by John Singer Sargent
This wasn't shown at the Exhibition, but it's one of my favourites so I'm including it anyway!

In another part of the Museum I couldn't resist taking a photo of this beautiful item:

Plate: the Elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water
London, 2000
Enamelled by Jane Short (b. 1954)
Silver, spun, engraved and decorated with champleve and basse taille enamels

(BTW: This photo was taken without a flash - I just darkened the background and lifted the colours a bit)

If you liked this...

[My previous post on John Singer Sargent]
[The Corpus Clock in Cambridge (my previous post below)]

"Anenomes in a Glass", a beautiful painting in acrylics by my friend Eftychia

If you like this...

[Some contemporary Greek art]
[Mykonos on a very windy day]

... or click one of the tags at the top of this post

"Golden Glow"

"Winter Stream"

Some wonderful paintings of New England by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972)

From the page:

Landscape artist Aldro Thompson Hibbard discovered the state of Vermont when he was a young man, and his subject matter never strayed far from winter scenes for the next half century.

Much of his work depicts Vermont's covered bridges, ox teams, sugar houses and towns tucked down in snowy mountains. Hibbard consistently drew inspiration from winter landscapes--boats abandoned on the shoreline and waiting for the spring thaw, people bundled in wool and cutting ice from a frozen river.

Aldro Hibbard is also known for landscape paintings done around his home in Rockford, Massachusetts, along the New England coastline, and in the Canadian Rockies. He produced a large body of work during a long career, much of it concerned with sensitivity to light and shadow...

Thanks to my friends Alison and Eftychia for introducing me to this artist.

Untitled work by the Polish artist Henryk Radziszewski

Click the image for many more beautiful paintings by this artist

"Leda and the Swan", an acrylic painting by Thomas Andersen, inspired by this story from Greek mythology

“St Giles in the Rain” by Francis Hamel

A place that brings back many memories for me. The Eagle & Child pub (AKA The Bird & Baby) on St Giles was the hangout of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis among others, who created many memories for many people.

Beach House in Fog

Summer Cabin Kitchen

Wonderful examples of the use of light in painting by Scott Prior, one of my favourite artists

[More from this artist if you click the tag with his name at the top of this post]

"Rocking horse logic" - pencils, acrylics, Photoshop

"Cross bones style" - photomanipulation, Photoshop

Very imaginative artwork © by Sara Vandermeulen - thanks to tonesofhome for leading me to these.

"Farm by Stream and Bamboo Grove" by S. Ishida

One of many pre-war Japanese watercolours at this excellent site - thanks, Alison!

(Original post: August 8th, 2009)

The Lady of Shalott [on boat] (1888)

Juliet (1898)

Hylas and the Nymphs (1896)

A Mermaid (detail) (1901)

Windflowers (1903)

Some of my favourite paintings by J.W. Waterhouse, the "Modern Pre-Raphaelite", found on this excellent web site.

My wife recently visited an exhibition of his work at the The Royal Academy of Arts in London, which includes these paintings among many others. She tells me that the originals have a kind of lustrous beauty that doesn't show up in reproductions (as I found out for myself when I later visited the exhibition).

[More links on J.W. Waterhouse]

The artist, Kenny Henson, writes:

A few miles from here [Florence, Oregon] is a small town called Gardner. At this place there was a large sawmill, and cardboard manufacturing plant. Both of these places no longer exist, as they are closed and torn down. The rail line that was used to transport product from here and is now all that remains, now in a state of decay.

"Cape Cod Afternoon" (1936) by Edward Hopper

From the page:

Edward Hopper's work has made him one of the most respected American painters of the twentieth century. His stark depictions of isolated buildings, silent interiors, and empty streets show both a desire to record the details of ordinary life and a Modernist's appreciation for the power of abstract form. His work is distinguished by its structural clarity and subtle psychological edge.

This deceptively simple view of a shed, barn, and house in South Truro, Massachusetts, acts powerfully on the emotions. At first, the bright sunshine, brilliant colors, and pastoral setting evoke the celebratory New England landscapes painted by preceding generations of American Realists and Impressionists. The painting recalls hot, clear summer afternoons and the exhilarating expanses of sky and land found along the rugged New England coast. In this respect, Hopper's work resembles that of the American landscape painters Winslow Homer and Childe Hassam.

However, it is impossible to find in Cape Cod Afternoon the heroic optimism of nineteenth-century artists. The afternoon shadows are lengthening, the shed is crumbling, the house is shuttered, and the grass and trees are turning brown. While the wedge shaped diagonals of the composition seem to invite entry into the pictorial space, a jumble of walls and the blanked-out windows and doors block any such entry. All of these elements suggest decay and abandonment, even disappointed hope...

Thanks, ceanna!

"Brandywine Valley" by the American contemporary realist painter Andrew Wyeth - thanks, Judy!

"A street scene from the paintbrush of a child usually involves triangle-topped boxes for houses. And often an unnaturally large dog.

"But Kieron Williamson's attempts are so beautifully rendered that artists ten times his age will be filled with envy.

"Experts have said that the six-year-old's atmospheric paintings, which began with harbour scenes and expanded to include rural vistas, animal portraits and landmarks, have perspective, shadow and reflections that demonstrate an ability well beyond his years...."

Thanks again to lauriebox for this find!

"Surfboards on Inch Beach" by the Irish artist John Morris

John Morris is a master of reflected light. I found this great example of his work on the wonderful pages of my StumbleUpon friend lauriebox, who I hope will move to a new online home soon!

"Images of an unknown land" by Giannis Lasithiotakis

"Landscape" by Anna Grigora

Some great examples of Greek contemporary art - an unexpected bonus from following up Santorini links in a previous post!

If you like this...

[Santorini by Doug Dourgarian]
[Some of my favourite abstract art]

Painting of Innumerable Possibilities 5 by Roi James - 2004, oil on wood cubes, each cube is 2.5" x 2.5"

Sold, unfortunately... I could play with these blocks for hours!

"Near Swanage", a view of Ballard Down and Old Harry rocks, an oil on board painting by Mark Gertler (1891 - 1939)

I came across this peaceful work a few days ago in the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, on the south coast of England. It was my first visit to this gallery, which is small but full of interesting stuff, and is also a good place to eat, especially in sunny weather when its new courtyard is open.

Mark Gertler is an interesting character. He was a conscientious objector during World War I when he painted this picture in 1916. I discovered from Wikipedia that the character Loerke from D. H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" and Gombauld from Aldous Huxley's "Crome Yellow" were based on him.

As sometimes happens, the different images of this painting that I found online have quite different colour values. I have chosen the one that seems closer to the original (but my colour memory is not reliable!).

[Swanage Seen - information on this painting and on Gertler and Swanage]
[More links on Mark Gertler]

London-based artist Arabella Dorman was invited to join British troops in southern Iraq before they pulled out of the country. Here - as her work goes on public display - she explains the inspiration behind her drawings and paintings...

Click any picture to view an excellent slide-show of her work, with her own narration. What she says is worth listening to.

(Original post: May 16th, 2009)

"Spirit of the Jaguar" by the wildlife artist Roy Chaffin

Roy sent me this picture last year as an electronic Christmas Card. I am lucky enough to receive one of his paintings each year in this way, and thereby hangs a tale.

Roy is not only a talented wildlife artist, he is also one of the brightest stars on the Flight Simulator horizon. He and a small team of equally talented people, collectively R.C.S. Panels, produced among other things one of the best aircraft/panel combinations for Microsoft Flight Simulator that there have ever been.

The picture below is not a painting. It is the flight sim model of the R4D, a military version of the DC-3 aircraft. You can walk around it, get in it and sit down in one of the most amazingly realistic cockpits ever produced for the flight sim, and fly it. Whether you view it from inside or outside as you fly, it looks, sounds and behaves like the real plane. And it is freeware - a true labour of love, the result of countless hours of dedicated, unpaid work.

Roy and his team supported aircraft restoration projects at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM), Pennsylvania, with a "donationware" CD containing a special collection of flight sim models. I made a small donation... and have received a wonderful Christmas card from Roy ever since.

BTW: Roy has some interesting views on what has happened recently to Microsoft, which you can read if you click the aircraft picture.

[MAAM's "World War II Weekend" with restored aircraft, attended by Roy Chaffin]
[The R4D flight sim package with details of cockpits]
["Fantasy of Flight", Florida, an amazing collection of privately restored aircraft]
[My "Flight Simulator" page]

An untitled work by Ludmila Curilova, an artist born in Moldova who now lives in Canada

"Two Girls With An Oleander (detail)" by Gustav Klimt

I came across this wonderful painting in a huge book about the artist provided to visitors to the "Spirit of Klimt" room at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House in the English Lake District.

If you like Klimt...

[Gustav Klimt Virtual Museum]
[More Gustav Klimt links]

Some wonderful work by the realist artist Pat Bailey, who writes:

"A painting is a response to the experience of being alive. To me, the difference between a nonobjective abstract and a painting of known objects is the same as the difference between music without lyrics or music with lyrics. They are both inspired from emotions and a desire to communicate. They both can be wonderful and they both succeed, or not, on their merits. I've never understood any argument between the two camps. As for subjects, I paint anything that evokes an emotion, anything that speaks to me. I see sensuality in the shapes of a flower or an automobile. I see romance in a barn, a diner, a carnival, a road, or a face."

Thanks to my friend Bonnie for introducing me to this artist.

One of my favourite landscapes by Camille Pissarro

My kind of place... and this is a great art web site, too.

A memory of magical summer days, long ago...
"On the stile" by Winslow Homer

(from the National Gallery of Art's Winslow Homer collection, a great resource for this artist

(Original post: February 25th, 2009)

Paintings by Michael James Smith that make me look forward to summer in England...

"Wandering besides the River Wye, Wales"

"Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds"

"Twilight" by Jimmy Lawlor, beautifully capturing the magic of childhood

If you like this...

[Tatik - images of childhood]

Carl Larsson, 1853-1919, Swedish painter and illustrator

I love this. Thanks again to Aline for this one... click the picture for more work from this great artist!

"Into the night", by Alexander Volkov

(rediscovered for me by expressioniste - thanks again, Aline!)

Saint-Jean street in Quebec city, by Gaetan Chevalier

"Old Friends", one of several nice dog paintings by John Weiss

I couldn't resist swiping these from my friend expressioniste. Thanks, Aline!

If you like "Old Friends"...

["A Family Album Portrait" by Nadya Kulagina]

Ceanna's pages on StumbleUpon (until October 24th 2011, when SU will effectively tear them down) are a truly wonderful art gallery, where each item that you see is accompanied by full and painstakingly assembled information.

Here is just one item from her vast and varied collection.

The Goldsmith Ladies At Bois de Boulogne in a Peugeot, 1897 - Julius Stewart

Update: the good news is that Ceanna is now here on Categorian!

"Rockface Descent"

"Ocean Rhapsody - Killer Whale"

Wonderful wildlife paintings by Robert Bateman

There is some excellent information from the artist that goes with each of these pictures - click the images and you will see what I mean.

Bio details of the artist [from]:

"Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1930, Robert Bateman was a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. Bateman painted wildlife and wilderness in a representational style until his teens when he began to interpret nature using a variety of contemporary styles including post-impressionism and abstract expressionism. In the early 60s, Bateman rediscovered realism and began to develop the style that would make him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature. In the 70s and early 80s, Bateman's work began to receive critical acclaim and to attract an enormous following...

"He was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada to do a painting as the wedding gift for HRH The Prince Charles from the people of Canada. His work is also included in the collections HRH The Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands..."

I was introduced to this artist by my friend bonbonnie (Bonnie) - see here for her own choice from this artist. Thanks, Bonnie!

"Winter Rain", a watercolour by Susan Adams

One of many interesting and beautiful items to be found on the pages of chaotiqual.

"I Went to a Marvelous Party with Noonoo, Nada and Nell"

"The Touzie Tyke"

"St Cutherbert's Prayer (Detail)"

Some wonderful artistry by Kate Leiper (thanks, Alison!)

From the Red Dot Gallery:

"Creatures, great and small, are the focus of Kate Leiper's immaculate mixed media works in ink and pastel on a variety of papers.

"Using mythology, legend, poetry and ballad as her cue, Kate Leiper frequently casts the feathered or furry in character role. Sometimes at rest, in sleep or musing, these images convey a peace and certain contentment. Other times alert and bright of eye, ready.....

"Kate Leiper graduated in Aberdeen (BA Hons - Fine Art) in 1996, since then exhibiting her work in London and thoughout Scotland, gaining a loyal and enthusiastic following. The works she creates have a style all of their own, instantly recognisable, highly desirable.

"During travels in Canada (1997) the artist became involved in theatre set design and painting. The influence of this is evident in the extensive colour palette, design element and 'staging' of her work; rich materials and pattern frequently form the backdrop for the characters observed."

"Autumn Day - Sokolniki"

"After the Rain - Plyos"


"Evening Bells"

Some wonderful paintings by Isaak Levitan 1860-1900

"Keep an eye on your nuts", a delightful oil painting by Jon R. Friedman

"Pitch pines"

"Butterfly bush"

"Ballston surf"

Oil paintings by the naturalistic artist Jon R. Friedman.

"Morning light" - watercolor painting of a lighthouse in Twin Lights Park, near Portland, Maine

"Beach path" - watercolor painting of a beach scene in Maine

"Miss Marie" - candid photo of the artist's daughter on a school trip

Some very nice work by Lora Garcelon. I love the colours!

[An introduction to RedBubble]



"Guitar Man"

Wonderful naturalistic paintings by Morgan Weistling

"...Morgan studied art at an early age with his father, a former art student. His parents both met at art school. His father, Howard, a POW in Germany, entertained his fellow American prisoners in Stalag 1 with a daily comic strip that he created and drew to keep morale up. Drawn on scraps of paper found on the prison grounds, he crafted a humorous world of characters that managed to bring a smile to imprisoned soldiers. In the last days of the war and feeling the Russians would be coming, his talents with painting saved his life. Using some paints supplied by the Geneva Convention, he painted a American Flag on the shoulder of his prisoner uniform so that the Russians invading Germany would identify him and not shoot him. It worked..."

More bio details...

Thanks to my friend overthetrail (Sandy) for introducing me to this artist.

"Community Garden in the Rain"

"Dunes at Sunrise"

"Autumn Still Life"

I love the light in the beautiful landscape and still-life paintings of Scott Prior.

Thanks so much to my friend johnshaven (Alison) for introducing me to this artist.

"Autumn Leaves"

"A Room With A View"

"A Chance Meeting"

Some nice work by Alexei Butirskiy. I like the light effects.

One of several beautiful chromogenic photographs of insects by Jo Whaley

Thanks to my friend eftych for this one!


"Sisters and a book"

"Memory of that house"

Some great work by Iman Maleki, an Iranian artist who paints modern scenes of his country
with what seems to me like more than a touch of an old Dutch master.

I sent this to my friend persiana (Shireen), who wrote back with this very interesting information:

"He's a wonderful painter :) Some months ago a friend, Saline, wrote me that Iran has a larger than life painter in Maleki. I, too, think his paintings are full of vibrancy and life, yet in an incredibly muted style....

"Of course many of his paintings reflect real life scenes. So they are not just life like. For instance, "Composing music secretly" shows master singer Shajarian, tar player Alizadeh and others. Iranians love these musicians. Then the painting "Emigrant" shows Afghans who fled their country to Iran in millions over decades, but never granted citizenship and being returned back currently. "Fishmonger" reflects scenes before the New Year. The goldfish is one of the seven articles set on our new year tables. My favorite is "Omens of Hafez" which is what Iranians do to find inspiration, guidance in good or bad times. Hafez poems are consulted as an oracle in Iran and many other places where people were historically connected to the culture. That's what I meant by his paintings being full of life and vibrancy."

Thanks, Shireen!

"Weeding the Garden", by Todd Reifers

Another gorgeous painting gratefully swiped from the wonderful pages of my friend johnshaven (Alison)!

"Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose", a painting by John Singer Sargent with a wonderfully luminous quality.

A wonderful picture by Judy Larson.

From her web page:

"Her unique approach to her work is through the use of scratch board--a technique that can render magnificent detail but one requiring infinite patience.

"Scratch board, an old, but little used medium, consists of a smooth, thin surface of hardened China clay applied to a board. The subject is then painted solidly with black India ink to create a silhouette.

"Now the exacting work begins, engraving the image into the surface of the artwork. While many artists use steel nibs or engraving tools, Judy prefers to work with X-acto blades, changing them ever few minutes to produce as fine a line as possible. Once the subject has been totally scratched, it is a finished black and white illustration, ready for the artist to add color. The methods of adding color are diverse. Judy prefers a combination of airbrush, gouache or acrylics for finishing, with frequent rescratching for detail."

There is more to Judy's pictures (including the one above) than first meets the eye: if you missed it, check out her Image Key (mouse-over the images)!

This is another great find from the pages of my friend skip2mylou (one of the most under-rated stumblers on SU). Thanks again!

A great composition by Antonio Capel, from the Luis Sebastian Guzman Capel Gallery, Barcelona.

"Blue Delphiniums" by Alexi Zaitsev

"Indian Summer" by Alexi Zaitsev

Summer can seem like a long way away... but not when I look at these beautiful paintings.

Very beautiful children's book illustrations by Jean-Baptiste Monge.
(Click here for English language translation of his site.)

"Leaping to the high, wild mountain", by children's illustrator Jackie Morris.

(The BBC have recently produced a wonderful "Natural World" documentary on the snow leopard, one of the most beautiful (and rare) animals on the planet... more details here, and an update here.)

Some digital matte paintings by Yanic Dusseault - I have obviously seen much of his work at the cinema without realising it!

There is lots of other interesting work at this site.

An attractive acrylic painting by Wes Hyde - my kind of place!