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
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
These strange landscapes remind me of the fantasy drawings of alien planets in my cousin’s ‘Boys Own Annuals’ from the 1960s. The glacier depicted in these … Continue reading
John Ruskin had a great passion for the ‘doom and gloom’ of mountain scenery. Stott’s moody river of ice carving through the dark slopes of Jungfrau was undoubtedly influenced by Ruskin’s encouragement for artists of the time to visit Switzerland.
Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so … Continue reading
‘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?
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.