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Reflections on Wet Sand

My inlaws take an evening constitutional on the beach near their home in Nambucca Heads. With Turner’s painting ‘Reflections on Wet Sand’ in mind I went along hoping to capture the sunset and figures reflected on the beach.  I didn’t manage a masterpiece, … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Cloud Studies

Inspired by the art of Constable and Cozens I spent some time this afternoon observing the sky and clouds over the local landscape. The sun is shining today after a very wet week and, as it is also the school holidays, … Continue reading

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Climate Change in your Backyard?

A glance at the news and weather from around the world over the holidays shows many examples of extreme conditions – early snow in the Northern hemisphere, the coldest December since records began in the UK, heavy rains causing summer … Continue reading

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The Sailor’s Return, by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)

‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight’.  According to this old saying, the richly coloured sky in Palmer’s painting promises fair weather for these sailors and their families. Does anyone know the origin of the ‘red sky’ saying?

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Sunset on Wet Sand, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

John Ruskin greatly admired Turner’s treatment of clouds and commented that “other great men coloured clouds beautifully, none but he ever drew them truly”. What do you think of Turner’s sketchy, almost impressionist painting of sunlight reflected on wet sand?

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Setting Sun, by Alexander Cozens (1717-1786)

Cozens considered the mood of a painting to be conveyed largely by the treatment of the sky. In many of his works the sky is the main subject, as it is in this painting.

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Study of Clouds, by John Constable (1776-1837)

Better known for his magnificent landscapes, Constable was so inspired to truthfully capture the sky that for a time in the early 1820s he stopped painting the ground to concentrate on studies of clouds like this one.

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