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Hillside in Provence 1886-1890 by Paul Cezanne

Hillside in Provence 1886-1890 by Paul Cezanne

Finally, we grasp the true feeling Cezanne wants us to take from the statement he makes. It is a fusion of nature and the self. It is a steady ordeal, search and meditation to grow as an artist, examining how marks on a canvas can reflect something more than the naked eye can see at first glance

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What is Impressionism? The Basics

What is Impressionism? The Basics

If  like me you struggle to make sense of all the different styles of painting,  let's take things back to basics. Starting with Impressionism, what is it and what sets it apart from other styles? Impressionism, is an art movement that began with a group of Paris...

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2017 and another year with the Ellen Michel Art School

2017 and another year with the Ellen Michel Art School

There is a certain clarity revealed when artists put their work in the public arena . In this case displaying to peers. And Sunday was no exception. The variety and scope of the paintings was dramatic. From landscape (urban and country) to portraiture, still life, floral and figure work. The variation of style also was quite diverse and took me by surprise.

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Nature the Foundation for Painting

Nature the Foundation for Painting

Nature the Foundation for Painting Continuing our lesson from last month we explore the strong case for the observation of nature as a basis for a painters training. From Giotto to Pollock we are exploring the implications of the observation of nature, its rendering...

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The Importance of Under Painting

The Importance of Under Painting

With all my years of teaching and painting experience, there still remains a fascination for the use of under painting. By under painting I mean the initial ‘wash’ of oil paint ( paint thinned to a watery consistency with pure turpentine) over the whole surface of the...

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