Category Archives: Art

Is This You? Google Street View!

We were in Bologna, Italy, this Easter weekend, re-visting the people and places we used to know when we lived there. It’s a beautiful, historic and vibrant city. It rained, a lot, so I took to using Google street map

Is This You? Google Street View!

We were in Bologna, Italy, this Easter weekend, re-visting the people and places we used to know when we lived there. It’s a beautiful, historic and vibrant city. It rained, a lot, so I took to using Google street map

Earthly bodies

I made these studies from a book I bought recently in Berlin called Earthly Bodies by photographer, Irving Penn. Penn was better known as a photographer of  portraits and for his fashion work. As a young photographer he produced a

Earthly bodies

I made these studies from a book I bought recently in Berlin called Earthly Bodies by photographer, Irving Penn. Penn was better known as a photographer of  portraits and for his fashion work. As a young photographer he produced a

after David Hockney

Some watercolour sketches, which have been in no way been influenced by those of David Hockney which I posted earlier today. The only reason I can think of that they’re better, is that he had more time than me! Or

after David Hockney

Some watercolour sketches, which have been in no way been influenced by those of David Hockney which I posted earlier today. The only reason I can think of that they’re better, is that he had more time than me! Or

David Hockney – A Yorkshire Sketchbook

I love the beautifully simple watercolour sketches by David Hockney from his book ‘A Yorkshire sketchbook.’ I bought the book in the Art bookstore Walther König, on Burgstrasse, on a trip to Berlin last week. It is the best Art

David Hockney – A Yorkshire Sketchbook

I love the beautifully simple watercolour sketches by David Hockney from his book ‘A Yorkshire sketchbook.’ I bought the book in the Art bookstore Walther König, on Burgstrasse, on a trip to Berlin last week. It is the best Art

Morcote

I managed to squeeze in some sketching and painting over the Christmas holidays. This is the same view in watercolour and pencil of Lake Lugano, from Riva Da L’indipendenza in Morcote.

Morcote

I managed to squeeze in some sketching and painting over the Christmas holidays. This is the same view in watercolour and pencil of Lake Lugano, from Riva Da L’indipendenza in Morcote.

John Mclaughin Artist

  Google images is better than a lucky dip. In brain burning research mode, looking for something to trigger a new impetus in my work, I put in a search for images of two of my favourite artists, Henri Matisse

John Mclaughin Artist

  Google images is better than a lucky dip. In brain burning research mode, looking for something to trigger a new impetus in my work, I put in a search for images of two of my favourite artists, Henri Matisse

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Old abandoned Houses

  There is something I like about old houses. Like old people, their faces tell a story. They stand for some kind of failure, because in the end they collapse. Yet at the same time, they tell a story of

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Old abandoned Houses

  There is something I like about old houses. Like old people, their faces tell a story. They stand for some kind of failure, because in the end they collapse. Yet at the same time, they tell a story of

Varese

My first visit to Varese last weekend and another opportunity to catch people’s inner caricature and put it on paper, all under the guise of looking over their heads at the terracotta scroll-work behind them.

Varese

My first visit to Varese last weekend and another opportunity to catch people’s inner caricature and put it on paper, all under the guise of looking over their heads at the terracotta scroll-work behind them.

Artist Review – Vicenç Viaplana

When I first came across Vicenç Viaplana’s work I thought it was photography as it reminded me very much of the late Cy Twombly’s photographic work. Instead his pieces are mainly created as silkscreens or Acrylic on canvas and wood.

Artist Review – Vicenç Viaplana

When I first came across Vicenç Viaplana’s work I thought it was photography as it reminded me very much of the late Cy Twombly’s photographic work. Instead his pieces are mainly created as silkscreens or Acrylic on canvas and wood.

Fantasy Art is real Art

When we were fourteen or fifteen my brother and I were seriously into the world of science fiction and Fantasy. Which quite acceptable now was definitely very nerdy back then, but we loved it and it fed our imaginations. Role

Fantasy Art is real Art

When we were fourteen or fifteen my brother and I were seriously into the world of science fiction and Fantasy. Which quite acceptable now was definitely very nerdy back then, but we loved it and it fed our imaginations. Role

Pablo Picasso in the style of Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was an enigma, one of those people who was very special, even among his peers and someone who comes along only once in a generation. A man who was definitely one and a half steps ahead of the

Pablo Picasso in the style of Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was an enigma, one of those people who was very special, even among his peers and someone who comes along only once in a generation. A man who was definitely one and a half steps ahead of the

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Marwencol and Esopus Magazine

I’ve added two new links to the blog The first is Esopus Magazine which is very cool alternative Art magazine of contemporary cultural which I came across while watching The film Marwencol. The second is Marwencol itself which featured in

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Marwencol and Esopus Magazine

I’ve added two new links to the blog The first is Esopus Magazine which is very cool alternative Art magazine of contemporary cultural which I came across while watching The film Marwencol. The second is Marwencol itself which featured in

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Romuald Hazoume

I found these images of the Benin born Artist Romuald Hazoume while researching this week, which I LOVE.  It seems the artist created them as actual portraits of sitting subjects. I love their simplicity. How a face and personality can

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Romuald Hazoume

I found these images of the Benin born Artist Romuald Hazoume while researching this week, which I LOVE.  It seems the artist created them as actual portraits of sitting subjects. I love their simplicity. How a face and personality can

Ballenberg – Swiss Architecture

There is a fantastic open-air museum at Ballenberg, near Interlaken, at the very center of Switzerland. It is beautifully organized in woodland and meadow, to represent a geographical map of Switzerland, depicting by area a historical collection of rural buildings

Ballenberg – Swiss Architecture

There is a fantastic open-air museum at Ballenberg, near Interlaken, at the very center of Switzerland. It is beautifully organized in woodland and meadow, to represent a geographical map of Switzerland, depicting by area a historical collection of rural buildings

Miniature works of Art

I’ve had what I thought was a collection of Soviet era stamps which I picked up a few years back when on a work/cultural trip to Estonia. Having dug a little more, it turns out they are not stamps but

Miniature works of Art

I’ve had what I thought was a collection of Soviet era stamps which I picked up a few years back when on a work/cultural trip to Estonia. Having dug a little more, it turns out they are not stamps but

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sketch book project

I just added a new link to a very cool website/blog which is part of the Brooklyn Art library called, the sketchbook project. You can sign up to this and receive a sketchbook which is yours to fill in and

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sketch book project

I just added a new link to a very cool website/blog which is part of the Brooklyn Art library called, the sketchbook project. You can sign up to this and receive a sketchbook which is yours to fill in and

How pictures tell stories

How simply can a picture tell a story? A girl, a boy, happy smiling faces and a rainbow seventies, disco ball. This one is courtesy of my seven year old daughter. Life starts to get more complicated and difficult when

How pictures tell stories

How simply can a picture tell a story? A girl, a boy, happy smiling faces and a rainbow seventies, disco ball. This one is courtesy of my seven year old daughter. Life starts to get more complicated and difficult when

Autumn

What does autumn mean to you? Woodsmoke, coffee, bonfires, apples, walnuts and roasting chestnuts. The smell of decaying leaves and unknown fungi, the rustling sound in the trees that was not there a week ago, dark earth, complex, textured colours,

Autumn

What does autumn mean to you? Woodsmoke, coffee, bonfires, apples, walnuts and roasting chestnuts. The smell of decaying leaves and unknown fungi, the rustling sound in the trees that was not there a week ago, dark earth, complex, textured colours,

Mini lianer Ldascpnaes

aaaaghh, not enough much and too time to do, so these landscapes done were mini fast and small! A clpoue in late August elary Sepeetbmr while snuinng on the lakse and the Bertschikon ones tnohgit, I’ve trhwon tehm teotgher as

Mini lianer Ldascpnaes

aaaaghh, not enough much and too time to do, so these landscapes done were mini fast and small! A clpoue in late August elary Sepeetbmr while snuinng on the lakse and the Bertschikon ones tnohgit, I’ve trhwon tehm teotgher as

Baaaad Artist…even worse Art critic.

Following from my post last week on the Uruguayan Artist Marcelo Viquez, I’ve been told, (by the Artist himself), that two of the works were not actually his (the first two), which is just a little embarrassing, so here are

Baaaad Artist…even worse Art critic.

Following from my post last week on the Uruguayan Artist Marcelo Viquez, I’ve been told, (by the Artist himself), that two of the works were not actually his (the first two), which is just a little embarrassing, so here are

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good sketcher….baaaad painter

SO, I had a couple of hours off…great I thought and I packed my stuff and drove to a nice spot outside Winterthur to paint. It was raining of course, so that meant I was sat in the back of

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good sketcher….baaaad painter

SO, I had a couple of hours off…great I thought and I packed my stuff and drove to a nice spot outside Winterthur to paint. It was raining of course, so that meant I was sat in the back of