Category Archives: Watercolours

This bird in hand is no burden had- Long Live the King!

Charles Bird King – Nesouaquoit (Trans. “Bear in the Fork of a Tree”) A Fox Chief – 1837 (90.2 x7 4.9cm). Charles Bird King (1785–1862) was an American portrait artist, best known for his portrayals of significant Native American leaders … Continue reading

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Time to Dapple with the Apple this Weekend

Harcourt is the home of Victoria’s best growing apples and one of Australia’s major apple growing districts. The township is situated in the Central District within the State of Victoria. In March each year, Harcourt runs its annual Applefest which … Continue reading

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This is Wyeth I Paint My Life

Andrew Wyeth – Equinox (Tempera on board, 1977, 876×81.3cm New York). Visual artist and realist painter (in the regionalist style) Andrew Newell Wyeth was born on July 12, 1917. Wyeth often noted: “I paint my life.” Andrew was the youngest … Continue reading

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A Child is Born

A Child is Born by Mrs. Tun-jou Ku (I-ching Ku). I-ching Ku, was born ca 1915 in Hanchow, China. She was a well-known artist specializing in birds, flowers and Chinese landscapes. She became a professor of Chinese Art at the … Continue reading

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Leighton’s Place in Art is Sealed with a Kiss

The above painting is of “Alain Chartier sharing a famous kiss bestowed by Margaret of Scotland“.  (Chartier, a French poet and political writer, was born c. 1385 in Bayeux, France, and died c.1430 and 1446). About the artist: Edmund Blair Leighton (born … Continue reading

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Partake in a Stake of the Great William Blake

English painter, poet and print-maker, William Blake (b. 28 November 1757 – d. 12 August 1827) was largely unrecognised during his lifetime. He was born in Soho, London, the third of seven children; and left school at the age of … Continue reading

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Are a Pair of Hearts on a Tree Equal to This Heart of Stone?

Above: “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder“. English historical genre painter and illustrator, Marcus Stone was born on 4th July, 1840, and according to the ‘Dictionary of Victorian Painters‘, he was trained by his father, Frank Stone ARA. Marcus began … Continue reading

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Here is a Valentine’s Day Post

If you think “posting” thoughts is something belonging to the 21st Century form of communication, think again. People have been “posting” their thoughts for hundreds of years. Here’s an example of 19th-20th Century posting. The above image is entitled: “Love’s … Continue reading

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Above image: Empress Josephine (ca 1810) oil on canvas by Jean-Baptiste Regnault Foundation Desne-Theos (Institute de France) Paris, (Frederic Masson Bequest). Empress Josephine is also known as Josephine Bonaparte (1763-1814). She was baptized Marie-Joseph Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie … Continue reading

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Grace’s Home Through the Looking Glass

Grace Cossington Smith Door Into the Garden, 1959. Oil on composition board. – Bendigo Art Gallery. Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting in Australia, Grace Cossington Smith was born Grace Smith, on 20 April 1892 in Neutral Bay, Sydney. … Continue reading

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A bit of last minute Christmas shopping

Love and Time with reverence use, Treat them like a parting friend; Nor the golden gifts refuse Which in youth sincere they send: For each year their piece is more, And less simple than before. – John Dryden Above image … Continue reading

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Who Would Not Accept An Invitation to a Christmas Party?

An Invitation to a Christmas Party featured left is by the artist George Sheridan Knowles.   Born in Manchester on 25th November 1863, Knowles Studied at the Manchester School of Art, and the Royal Academy Schools in 1884.  He exhibited at … Continue reading

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A Razzle-Dazzle of Bazille

French Impressionist painter Jean Frédéric Bazille was born in Montpellier, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, into a wealthy Protestant family on December 6, 1841.  His early inspiration in art came from seeing some artworks by Eugène Delacroix. Bazille’s family only agreed to let … Continue reading

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P is for Pissarro and ‘The Golden Age of Peasantry’

My father once told me that the average non-art-appreciator could not differentiate between a Picasso and a Pissarro, and if asked, would most likely define the latter as a French term for a public toilet. So, for those of you … Continue reading

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There’s more to this cardiologist than meets the eye

According to information on the LaTrobe University site: Singapore-born Professor Yean L. Lim graduated from Monash University with degrees in BMedSc, MBBS and PhD. Professor Lim is a leading cardiologist in the Asia-Pacific region, serving as Permanent Secretary to the … Continue reading

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