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Book Recommendation: ‘150 years of Modern Art in the blink of an eye’ by Will Gompertz.

My latest pre-sleep bedtime companion – ‘What are you looking at? 150 years of Modern Art in the blink of an eye’ by Will Gompertz.⁠⁠“In my option the best place to start when it comes to appreciating and enjoying modern and contemporary art is not to decide whether it’s any good or not, but to […]

Book Recommendation: ‘My Museum’ by Joanne Liu

This book by Joanne Liu titled ‘My Museum’ was a gift from a close friend to my son Maximilian and it is one of the best books in his growing collections. It is a great introductory book to appreciating art for very young children. It is beautifully illustrated, but more importantly, it shows young children […]

Book Recommendation: ‘Looking at Pictures’ by Susan Woodford

Here’s our second must-read book recommendation: ‘Looking at Pictures’ by Susan Woodford. For anyone coming fresh to art and art appreciation, this book will really help you develop your eye and your confidence to look, analyse and appreciate paintings. And for anyone already in the know, this is a really refreshing, wise and unpretentious take […]

Tips on General Maintenance of Oil Paintings

Tips on general maintenance of oil paintings:⁠⁠1. Avoid displaying it in direct sunlight as this can cause it to change colour.⁠⁠2. If your painting is on canvas and it has loosened on the stretcher bars, a simple method to retighten it is to wipe the back of the canvas with a wet sponge and leave […]

What is the difference between a ‘stretched’ and an ‘unstretched canvas’?⁠

Stretched canvas is canvas that has been stretched over a wood frame ready for display. If you look on the back of the painting and see wooden bars (stretcher bars), then you have a stretched canvas! A stretched canvas can be displayed without a frame, but sometimes adding a frame can really enhance the piece […]

Book Recommendation: ‘Art as Therapy’ by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong

This book is a must read!⁠⁠It talks about art in a way that is totally different from most – it introduces a method of looking at and interpreting art that doesn’t involve the normal historical and stylistic concerns that we see in art books most of the time. It will give you the confidence to […]

How Do I Light the Paintings on My Walls? ⁠

Many of us have spaces on our walls where the right painting would fit well and really enhance that area of the room. But sometimes these walls might not be in the best lit areas of the room, which would make hanging a painting difficult since it would be too dark or have odd shadows. […]

The Short & Simple Answer to Why Abstract Art Exists

Why do some artists draw/paint/craft artworks around forms (like lines, shapes & patterns) instead of depicting realistic scenes? In other words, why is abstraction a thing?⁠⁠The term ‘abstract’ can be applied to art that is based on an object, figure or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised. Like in the painting above (ignore […]

How to Look at Art

A painting can hang right in front of our eyes, and yet at the same time can seem so very far away. Just thinking of old master paintings in museums, where you have a composition of tumbling angels or portraits of unrecognisable ladies and gents from a bygone age, how are we meant to connect […]

What is art for?

“Art doesn’t have to be difficult or inaccessible, and I hope to use this space to prove that..”

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