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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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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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Upnor Castle, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

  Turner’s glowing reflection of the sunset extending onto the wet sand was praised as ‘perfect truth’ in John Ruskin’s ‘Modern Painters’.

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Lake Lucerne, Sunset by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

  This peaceful scene of distant mountains reflected in still lake waters was much admired by John Ruskin, who wrote extensively on reflections in art. Many of Turner’s contemporaries failed to appreciate the ethereal, abstract nature of some of his … Continue reading

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