Sunday, September 21, 2014

Erik Tiemens

These atmospheric cliff studies by Erik Tiemens are in gouache not oils.

Where it is impractical to make on site studies in oils, gouache and or watercolour is a quick and convenient medium. The studies can be used to make larger studio works in oils, but they also stand as wonderful works of art on their own.

Erik is an internationally renowned landscape painter and award-winning film concept artist.

Erik's website

Friday, August 8, 2014


Louis Isabey, Shipwreck.
Joseph Abeille, The Tempest.
Phillippe Jaques De Loutherbourg, Shipwreck off a Rocky Coast.
John Chancellor, Survived.
Vernet, detail.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson has a deep understanding of the anatomy and soul of the sea, gained from several years aboard sailing ships.
These paintings of the Southern Ocean convey both its enchantment and its fearsomeness.

Peter was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1956, and is presently based there.

See more of his work philip bacon galleries.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Alexey Alpatov

Alexey Alpatov was born in Moscow in 1968. His paintings mimic the techniques of black and white photography - cropping, the capturing of effects of light and reflectivity, limited depth of field - but they are not photorealistic; they are as much about paint, texture and brushwork as they are about an image.

These are large mixed media works, which sometimes include collage.

See more of his work here.

Day 11. 200 x 220 cm

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gerome's Sea Cats

The French academic painter Jean Leon Gerome, loved big cats.
Lions are a kind of signature for him, perhaps because his middle name is French for 'lion', and his last name is also the name of a saint who is supposed to have had a pet lion.

He may have chosen a marine background for these kitties because the turquoise hues contrast nicely with the orange of their fur.
Depictions of exotic animals catered to the Orientalism of Gerome's day, evoking the power and majesty of Eastern landscapes.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Northern Serenity

Hans Ole Brasen (Danish 1849-1930), Morning Greetings, 1907.

Mikalojus Ciurlionis (Lithuanian 1875-1911), Sailing Boats, 1906.

These two mystical works, painted at about the same time, in the first decade of the 20th century, evoke the calm before the storm of two World Wars.

A serene atmosphere is created not just through the mirror-like surface of the sea, but by the use of soft pastel hues.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joseph Paquet - Plein Air

Joseph Paquet is a plein air painter and instructor working in the US. See more of his paintings at his website:
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images used with permission