Art On The High Street: Why We Should Encourage It

September 12, 2017Comment, THE ART WORLD

Purchasing original art has never been more accessible. From the 1980’s when Pullman editions and Athena made buying art posters  more mainstream through high street accessibility, reproduction and pricing structures, we now have Whitewall Galleries, Artique, Castle Galleries and the like dotting our high streets doing the same for original art. How far we have come … Read More

Latest Discovery: Nuria Postigo

September 10, 2017Art Of The Week, THE ART WORLD

Last month, I was walking in downtown Seville and, after a little copa in the local tapas bar, meandered into L’Image, an art gallery in Central Seville. My eyes set upon Nuria Postigo‘s painting. Serene, colourful, peaceful and abstracted: I’d never seen or heard of this artist before, but was taken by the technical mastery … Read More

‘Sevilla En Fiestas’ by Gustavo Bacarisas

September 9, 2017Art Of The Week

Gustavo Bacarisas (Gibraltar, 1873 – Seville, 1971) isn’t well known internationally, but in the context of 20th century Sevillian art, he’s a star. Not only is Bacarisas prominent in Spain’s art story, he also beautifully represents the passion, colour, drama, mood and flavour of Sevillian culture through his paintings. Now who doesn’t like a bit … Read More

Top Tips for Dog Photography

September 8, 2017Art Practice, THE ART STUDIO

We all love our dogs: spoiling them, treating them, making them happy. Pet madness is here to stay. Cue the popularity of pet portraits. I always love the chance to work with a new pup. And to make the piece I always need reference material. I know what works best to get the character of … Read More

Travel Tip: Why You Should Go To The Seville Art Museum

September 8, 2017THE ART WORLD, Travel Tips

Now I love art history and I can tolerate the driest of history programmes (much to Tom’s boredom) but even I find art museums can often be hit-and-miss. Fortunately for us both (poor Tom) every aspect of this museum surpassed expectations. Firstly, the building is a masterpiece  and pays homage to the region’s Moorish, Visigoth, … Read More

Natural Disaster And Culture: Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida

September 7, 2017Comment, THE ART WORLD, Travel Tips

All My Very Best Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida: The week’s devastating weather events have got me to thinking about the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma and their cultural heritage. Having had close friends live through Hurricane Katrina, I completely understand the devastation and life-altering change that natural disaster brings about. With 16 million people in the … Read More

Artists: A Lesson To Believe In Your Project

September 3, 2017Comment, THE ART WORLD

Today I read about a fantastic and prominent contemporary Australian artist, Laura, who was trolled online by another artist who accused her of plagiarising her art. Talk about handbags online. Laura was really upset as it ruined her (first and) latest solo exhibition in Australia. It was the exhibition of her life and now, after … Read More

Does The Quality Of Art Materials Matter?

August 30, 2017Art Practice, THE ART STUDIO

I often get asked what art materials I use. More often than not, people just want to know whether I use acrylic, oils, pencils or pastels. They don’t ask what make or grade of material I use. And they definitely don’t ask what canvas or paper I use. Way back as an undergraduate, we were … Read More

Working With Photos In Portraits

August 23, 2017Art Practice, THE ART STUDIO

Last week I started a new piece for a gorgeous client. A double portrait of her gorgeous toddler girls. When I consulted her about this piece in late Spring, we agreed to start work straight away to capture their youth while their faces are so quickly developing from their babyfaces. So we scheduled a photoshoot. … Read More