Although the subject matter, techniques and materials of artists have changed over the centuries, their attitudes towards life and their environment have changed little. The manner in which they expresses their ideas, their style, can in basic terms, be seen as one of the following: Classical, Romantic or Realist. When ...
7, January 2014Paul Priestley
André Derain was born in 1880 at Chatou, which was then a kind of artists’ colony at the gates of Paris. His father was a successful pastry chef and a town councillor. Derain received a middle-class education but disliked school calling it a ‘more bitter memory for ...
14, December 2013Paul Priestley
Hokusai was born in the autumn of 1760 at Honjo Warigesui, in Katsushika of Shimosa Province, very close to the old city of Edo, now Katsushika ward of the city of Tokyo. In later years, Hokusai called himself “the farmer of Katsushika” and often used Katsushika in ...
13, December 2013Paul Priestley
Understanding Colour Understanding colour is essential whether you are using watercolour, acrylic, oil or pastel. if you do not understand your colours and what happens when you mix them together, you’ll never going to produce a really successful painting. Colour Basics First off get hold of a colour wheel. Now ...
6, June 2013Paul Priestley