Artist of the month – Frederic Edwin Church

Dramatic light, realisitc imagery, and panoramic views - become a pioneer and travel across Frederic Edwin Church's idyllic America.It was a simpler time. An era of cowboys, adventure and discovery, where nature reigned supreme. Waterfalls, mountains, palm trees, sunsets - there is a richness to Church's paintings that feels Romantic, and almost biblical. A central…

Artist of the month – Harald Sohlberg

Escape into the enchanted forests, celestial landscapes and blissful sunsets of Norwegian Master Harald Sohlberg There is a haunting aura that shrouds the Norwegian landscape. Step too closely or linger too long and you might not escape. But maybe you don't want to?! Sohlberg's most accomplished and much loved 'Fisherman's Cottage' (below) is an odd…

Artist deadlines – June

Big opportunities coming up in June that you won't want to miss! If you're into watercolours then The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is a no brainer. One of the largest and most prestigious watercolour competitions in the UK, it celebrates skill and originality. Deadline is 17 June. Another highlight is the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.…

Artist of the month – Alexandra Kehayoglou

Take a walk on the wild side with Alexandra Kehayoglou's earthy, hand-tufted landscapes. On the surface, Alexandra Kehayoglou's works are gorgeously impressive hand-tufted functional rugs, rich in earthy tones. Her cubic slices of textural lands are overflowing with all kinds of greenery. We contemplate a world where this amount of green can or did exist!…

'In the Wild North', 1891, Ivan Shishkin

The wildness of Winter – 6 snowy art scenes

Stormy snow drifts, shards of blue ice, changing landscapes dusted and draped in shimmering white. These are just a few of my favourite things when I take in the views of a fresh Winter landscape! To spread the season joy and collective hope of a white Christmas, I have brought together 6 Winter scenes to…

view from firefly - tom voyce

Artist deadlines – May/June

#Maythefourth be with you this month and the next, as I combine both months for a creative mash-up of fresh opportunities. This time of the year is the perfect point in your creative calendar to enter and make it into a Summer show, where you can ensure you get the most exposure. A couple of…

What’s in a frame? Artist of the month: Holly Lane

How important are frames to artworks in the contemporary world? Can they add context  or meaning to the painting it surrounds? Well, artist Holly Lane repurposes religious items to create ornate and elaborate frames that envelop the artwork and helps give new meaning to an archaic, and somewhat dated practice.   When you visit an…

Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the sea of fog

Caspar David Friedrich: The Wintry Wanderer

Winter is upon us! No, I'm not quoting Game of Thrones. This time of year always beckons me to be whisked away to a romantic Wintry, ethereal landscape. No other artist has done this better than Caspar David Friedrich. Besides this painting being EPIC AS F**K, 'Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, 1818' evokes a passion…

Artist of the month – Mary Iverson

Escape into the dreamy, abstract worlds of Mary Iverson, where floating shapes rule all.   Of course, there's more to Mary Iverson's work than just floating shapes in picturesque landscapes (even though that alone would still be awesome for me). Her work is rich in traditional American landscape painting, and on the surface is both…

Artist of the Month: TRISTRAM LANSDOWNE

With an exuberance of candy colours, impossible islands with a Frank Lloyd Wright edge, Tristram Lansdownes work is perfection (literally) Another example of what really inspires and gets my creative juices flowing! Lansdowne attempts to create and build Tracy island style works that are beautifully executed and comes from a rich background in landscape painting.…