Festive Paintings You Can Enjoy All Year Round

by gordonsmith 15. December 2017 09:00

As we enter the Christmas season, all we want to do is feel warm, cosy and snug. This is when we look for the Hygge effect with blankets, warming drinks and candles to create that cosy feel, and we also look to art to give us that sense of comfort.

We turn to snowscapes, winter landscapes, festive or winter scenes to remind us that we want to be warm and relaxed indoors, and not shivering outside. These are seasonal paintings that tend to work in that moment.

The main challenge with a seasonal painting though, is what do you do with it for the rest of the year? Art is an investment and storing it away for most of the year isn’t a great use of your spend, but there are ways of getting the most of your painting and hanging it all year round.

Art for emotion

Art evokes emotion, so a good starting point is to think about what winter and Christmas means to you. What is your mood at this time of year and how does it make you feel? What one thing says ‘winter’ to you?

It could quite simply be about the spirit of Christmas and how the season makes you feel. Mousehole Christmas lights by Laura Harrison
Mousehole Christmas lights by Laura Harrison

For some people it could be about a feeling of warmth and focusing on the home, or, for others it may be the social side of Christmas and enjoying good company and good food and drink.

Winter sunset, Snowdonia by Stuart Parnell
Winter sunset, Snowdonia by Stuart Parnell

It can also be a nostalgic time as we reflect on the past and look to a new year, so it may evoke childhood memories of how Christmas felt from a child’s perspective.

Snow Day by Steph Morgan
Snow Day by Steph Morgan

Snowscapes

Nothing says winter like a snowscape. We all hope for a white Christmas, which, of course, is rare, so snow-filled scenes are the closest thing to capturing that feeling. With British art being firmly rooted in the landscape tradition, this is a genre where we do well.

As a result, there are so many snowscapes to choose from that capture every mood, spirit or feeling. These paintings range from the more traditional landscape scenes or snow-filled cityscapes, right through to wildlife. If you want to make more of a statement, then why not go all out for something atmospheric and dramatic.

Piccadilly London by Bryn Thomas
Piccadilly London by Bryn Thomas

Wishing it was Christmas every day

If you’re somebody who loves Christmas and you want to capture that feeling all year round, then you can have a lot of fun with art and just go all out with paintings of snowmen, Father Christmas, or Angels. Even images that capture a sense of Christmas magic.

A CHRISTMAS OF ENCHANTMENT  by Carlo Salomoni
A CHRISTMAS OF ENCHANTMENT by Carlo Salomoni

Ultimately, there are no set rules as to what paintings should be hung, and when, so you could throw out the rule book and hang your festive paintings all year round. It would make a great talking point for friends and visitors to your home.

What to do after Christmas?

If you want to make your painting a centrepiece during winter and Christmas only, what do you do with it for the rest of the year? There are a few options; instead of storing it away in a cupboard or up in the loft, why not think about other rooms or spaces in your home where it can hang.

A hallway or landing are great as they tend to be spaces where we’re passing through and not necessarily where we hang around. However, if it’s a painting you love and you want to use it to help spark creativity or help you de-stress, then why not hang it in a home office, study or quiet spot in your home.

You could also use this as an opportunity to re-arrange all your paintings and start the new year with a different outlook and fresh walls. There’s always an image that tends to be forgotten, so why not move it to a new wall and give it a fresh lease of life?

Finally, if you want to go all out, then kids would have Christmas all year round if they had it their way! So why not let them? Christmas really captures their imagination and by hanging festive art in their room will help nurture their creative side.

Art is very subjective, but it also helps to make a more informed choice when selecting a painting, just so you can get the most out of it and make it work for you and your home.

We have many winter and festive scenes on our site and have something for everyone, so why not take a look and see if you can’t find that special painting that says Christmas to you.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Tips for Buying Art as a Christmas Gift

by gordonsmith 11. December 2017 11:17

If you’ve decided to be more creative this Christmas and are looking to buy art as a gift, then what a great gesture! Art is very subjective however, and making a purchase for somebody else can seem daunting, and even a bit stressful, but have no fear; by taking a fresh approach and adopting a different mindset, our useful tips will help make the selection process a little easier.

Don’t buy for you

There is a belief that when choosing a gift, you should always buy something you’d like to have yourself. In this particular case, we say do the opposite.

Instead, really think about the person you are buying for; their likes, dislikes, passions or interests and also their personality. A fun-loving person, may not like a dramatic piece of art or specific styles, and vice versa for someone who potentially has a more serious outlook.

Stay as open-minded as possible during the process, as a piece that is to your taste may not necessarily be to theirs. You may end up buying a painting that you wouldn’t necessarily have in your house, but for the person receiving the gift it may be that statement piece they’ve been searching for.

Hardy Mountain Pines in Deep Snow. Vercors. France. by Georgina Bowater
Hardy Mountain Pines in Deep Snow. Vercors. France. by Georgina Bowater

Budget

There is a perception that buying art is the preserve of the wealthy. This is not the case, as there are paintings for sale out there to suit every budget, from as little as £30 right up to investment pieces from £3million and beyond!

You don’t need to break the bank to buy a painting, so it is possible to shop around and find a great selection within your price range.

Always think about interiors

Art can transform interiors, so always think about styles and genres when making that purchase. If you’re buying for someone who has a passion for mid-Century interiors, then you’d probably go for a genre like portraiture or abstract art.

Another example is a vintage interior, a painting with a nostalgic feel, or a work set in a location that celebrates vintage would really be standout pieces.

If you’re buying a gift for a specific room, then this is also worth consideration. A piece that makes you reflect or feel mindful would look great in a bedroom or living area, whereas a lighthearted piece would work better in a more social space or kids room.

Hobbies or interests

Buying for a person who is passionate about their hobby or has loads of interests does make the buying process a lot easier, and there are many artists and lots of paintings suited for a very wide-range of interests, such as sport, music, vintage cars or classic films … to name but a few!

This decision does come with a bit of a caveat, however. Sometimes it can be easier to buy something to reflect that person’s passions or interests, but it may not match their interiors taste, or actually be what they want to hang on their walls.

With that in mind, it’s always worth checking the returns policy of the art gallery or the website you are purchasing from, just in case you do need to return or exchange a piece.

Giant's Rock by Robert Jackson
Giant's Rock by Robert Jackson

Size matters

When it comes to the size of painting you should buy, we would recommend keeping it to a manageable size that is more versatile and can hang anywhere in a house.

Resist the urge of making a grand gesture and buying a large painting as it may not necessarily work well with the scale and size of house you are buying for. A small living area, for example, would be dwarfed by a large statement piece.

A more manageable size painting can be placed in any room or on any sized wall, which means there is more scope to hang or place in a space that really brings both the wall and the painting to life.

When all else fails…

If the process is proving to be tougher than you thought, then why not buy a Gift Voucher. It’s still a great gesture and it means you can feel more confident that that person will choose a piece of art they love.

Gift vouchers also range in price to suit every budget, so you could buy for as little as £5, or as much as £500.

Whichever way you look at it, art as a gift is a highly personalised gesture that has a positive impact on many levels. Sometimes, it’s easy to buy presents that are disposable and short-lived, but the gift of a painting is durable, better for the environment and lasts a lifetime.

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Christmas Delivery Dates 2017

by gordonsmith 7. December 2017 15:00

Happy Christmas!

Original art is one of the most personal and thoughtful gifts you can give. We also have a brand-new selection of hand-crafted gifts available this Christmas. 

At Christmas we all want our presents to arrive on time. Here's what you need to know for this year. 

Our artists always try their best to arrange deliveries before Christmas. Please note that artists are of course in the hands of Royal Mail or couriers. We suggest the following latest dates for you to order to give artists the best chance of getting your art to you in time for Christmas 

Artworks and gifts

Delivery addressLast ordering date
UK 14th December 2017
Europe 10th December 2017

Gift Vouchers

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Gift vouchers in a presentation card 20th December 2017
Email vouchers 24th December 2017

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Dianne Griffiths

by gordonsmith 20. November 2017 15:47

Essentially a landscape artist, abstracts, flora and animals also feature in my work. During my early schooldays I was encouraged to develop a perceived talent in art, a subject I then studied throughout GCSE and A-levels.

However at university I had to consider my career and studied Media and Business, then moving to London to work within the Media Industry. Now based in Kent and whilst holding down a full-time job in London, my world of art has exploded after having many exhibitions in Kent and East Sussex over 2008 and now in 2009 continues to grow strongly.

My Painting: The landscapes I paint are based on places I have been; I use experience and memories as my starting point, however I am fascinated by pushing the contours of a beautiful landscape into the whimsical and the truly magical.

I don't try to re-create images, photography is more than apt at doing that, but push the scene a little further with the imagination. Although I like to try many different styles I feel that Impressionism has always been the strongest influence in my work.

I am a very visual person; nothing gives me more satisfaction than colour, shape, texture and light. I am constantly amazed by the power of colour, how different it can look depending light and adjacent colours. It isn't about representation; it's about so much more.

To me painting is escapism; it allows real thinking time away from the grindstone. I will finish some paintings faster than others when my thoughts are racing, my brush keeps pace. Alternatively it can be a time to let my brain slow down, my focus can turn fully to the painting and I will shut everything else out.

I couldn't say if one state of mind achieves better than the other, it's all emotion and it's all part of life. Once I have signed the painting, I know I am not allowed to touch it with a paintbrush again. The perfectionist inside me would quite simply never want to stop.

My Art: I aim to inspire the resources of your mind and achieve a genuine moment of 100% attention. If you find that I have interrupted your world, even if only for that single moment, then I will be satisfied. To me art is about giving something magical to the viewer; shapes, colours and textures all spark off the imagination, the brain and senses are stimulated, prompting emotions way beyond the visual representation.

It's about appetite, stimulation, fascination, and infatuation. No two brush strokes can ever be the same, no two paintings will ever match, and that is my inspiration."


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Malvern Theatre - Christmas and New Year Exhibition -- 27 Nov 2017-13 Jan 2018

by Humph Hack 3. November 2017 14:19

What makes a painting worth $450 million? The simple answer is that at least 2 very rich people decided they wanted to own it. This may have been largely because it was now considered to be by Leonardo da Vinci rather than the painting itself was so good. After all, a few weeks ago, before experts decided it was by Leonardo, it was probably only worth a few thousand. The rather sad thing, is that the undisclosed new owner will probably have to store it in a bank vault to protect the investment, unless they are already surrounded by a team of security guards 24 hours a day. Either way it may be lost from public view.

Art should be enjoyed all day every day, not just by the owner but by friends, family and casual visitors. Paintings don’t have to be “silly” prices to be enjoyable. Many Christmas presents appeal lasts a very short time if you eat or drink it. If you wear it, perhaps a few weeks, but a painting lasts throughout the lifetime of the owner and beyond. Paintings make great presents. The new show at Malvern Theatres has 3 artists whose styles ae so different, you need look no further for that special gift – all at affordable prices.

Sue Mann who is based in the Swansea area is a professionally trained painter who finds working outside the most stimulating. She often uses her bicycle easel to gain access to out of reach locations. She has recently found it very stimulating to take part in “Plein Air” competitions, gaining a handful of prizes and invitations to media appearances. Her style may be best described as drawing inspiration from the Impressionists.

John Penney works from his studio in Shropshire. For over 25 years he has been an artist/craftsman - producing and selling both his paintings and his own wooden furniture. He calls his highly detailed style, "Magical Realism" to describe his mix of genres. He uses complex composition, vivid colour, and often exaggerated perspective, to create drama and mood - often in a slightly surreal "dreamscape" format.

Fiona Robinson’s works do sometimes have recognisable elements, but in truth, all are just an excuse to revel in experiments in colour and texture. The end results have a largely abstract appeal. Fiona, who only started painting seriously recently, hails from Gornal in the Black Country. She hopes to leave her part-time job at some time in the future to paint full-time.

All three artists have many more works on show on this gallery. Jusy click on a name or a painting to see more.

The exhibition runs from Monday 27 November to Saturday 13 January. Early visitors get the best choice.

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Creepy Halloween Art from ArtGallery

by Ros Rowlatt 18. October 2017 12:28

Halloween and art goes hand-in-hand from making decorations to face painting. Whether you're spooked by Francis Bacon or terrified of William Blake's turbulent seascapes, there's no denying that October 31st is as good an opportunity as any to appreciate some great art. Here are some of our favourite seasonal creations on our online gallery.

Halloween For Crows

Julie Stevenson has created a fun Halloween scene to bring a smile to any viewer's face. With creepy little spiders, a gang of crows, bats and pumpkins, there's so much to see. Not to mention the starry night sky being topped off with little stars!

Halloween For Crows by Julie Stevenson
Halloween For Crows by Julie Stevenson

The Joker: Are You Scared?

Ever feel like someone's watching you? This eerie black and white charcoal drawing of The Joker from the Batman comics really comes to life with dark, deep eyes and an energetic sketching style.

The Joker: Are You Scared? by Edward Sheldrick
The Joker: Are You Scared? by Edward Sheldrick

The Ballad Of The Sad Happy Clown (Version III)

They're either the subject of fond childhood memories or terrifying flashbacks! Clowns are always a great addition to Halloween decorations and celebrations. This surreal hand drawn piece is a bold and imaginative image that is bound to draw attention in any space.

The Ballad of the Sad Happy Clown (Version II) by Spencer   Derry
The Ballad of the Sad Happy Clown (Version II) by Spencer Derry

Ghost in the Paint

Moving away from the fun side of Halloween, we come to a more abstract and ethereal interpretation in the form of acrylic on canvas.

The texture creates so much depth that you can see an ethereal spirit but also many faces looking back at you from the background, is this the imprint of a ghost?

Ghost in the Paint by David Smith
Ghost in the Paint by David Smith

Christopher Lee

A great pencil drawing of the legend Christopher Lee. The soft pencil approach to this drawing creates a black and white film effect – it's almost like watching Lee as Dracula in one of the classics!

As we all know, lighting is an essential thing to get right with creating the scary look and there is plenty of lighting detail played about Lee's face. A great gift for anyone in to old horror classics.

Christopher Lee by clare reed
Christopher Lee by clare reed

Keep Back Dracula

John Newbold has created a more modern interpretation of black and white film stills. This dramatic pose and pop art feel creates a striking piece that would look good all year round! The popping red completes the Halloween feel for added effect.   

Keep back Dracula by John Newbold
Keep back Dracula by John Newbold

Literally Frankenstein's Monster

A clever take on a mixed media piece made from the pages of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's monster. Channelling the black and white classic horror film theme, Frankenstein's face is cleverly shaded with layers of text to create a very realistic head and shoulder portrait – we wouldn't be surprised if his eyes followed you around the room!

Literally Frankenstein's Monster by Gary Hogben
Literally Frankenstein's Monster by Gary Hogben

Make sure to scare and share this Halloween by taking a look at our online gallery for paintings, drawings and much more by our talented community of artists.

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Malvern Theatres - Autumn Show

by Humph Hack 15. October 2017 17:15

It is rare for a successful artist to paint in many different styles. The public will easily recognise a Monet, a Freud or even a Hockney. As ever it is the exception which proves the rule. So, for example Picasso is known for multiple styles, but even he had periods where all the work being produced at any one time was stylistically similar.

The three artists opening the new show at Malvern Theatres are all recognisable instantly because they all paint in a practised and recognisable style.

Amanda Dagg is amongst the best sellers from the online gallery www.artgallery.co.uk from which all the works on show are chosen. She relishes in the freshness of nature although her work does not attempt realism in the traditional sense.

She hails from South Wales and as well as producing an amazing quantity of work, she helps run a community led gallery in the area. She has successfully shown in the Theatre many times over the last few years.

Victoria Stanway’s works explore the female psyche. Her humorous paintings are much sought after, not just by women, but by anyone wishing to celebrate and understand what makes “girls” different. Victoria is based in Bicester and has not shown here before.

The third artist is Steven Shaw who hails from Solihull. His works – almost photo realist, are supreme examples of the genre. The works in this show are mainly animal studies, apart from two plates of biscuits; good enough to nibble with your cup of coffee in the Bistro. This is also Steven’s first show at Malvern. Artists queue up to be seen in this great venue.

The show runs from Monday 16 October until Saturday 25 November.

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Top 10 Pop Artists on Art Gallery

by Ros Rowlatt 13. October 2017 11:05

Pop Art celebrates all that is quirky and subversive, here are the top 10 on Art Gallery. Pop Art, made famous by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Yayoi Kusama, is defined as “art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values”.

At ArtGallery.co.uk we have an extensive range of contemporary Pop Art. We've chosen ten of our favourite quirky, original, though-provoking pieces in the pop art style. What would make it onto your top 10 list?

Male and female in denim by Stewart Robinson
Male and female in denim by Stewart Robinson

Robinson’s dramatic painting is done in a style that is traditionally what most people think of when we talk about Pop Art. The use of strong, contrasting primary colours gives it a unique style and beauty.

Rio Olympic Games: Three Letter Word by Vincent da Vinci
Rio Olympic Games: Three Letter Word by Vincent da Vinci

This triptych, or triple paneled piece in pop art colours of blue, green and orange depicts a digitally modified photography and is inspired by the colours of the Olympic rings. Vinci says, “I am interested in codes and hidden messages.”

Here he’s divided the Olympic medal into 26 segments, each representing a letter of the alphabet. The medals have been cleverly rotated to spell the word “Rio”. Vinci says, “this has been influenced by the Pop Art movement with simple outline drawings, infill textures and comic text with hidden messages.”

Anywhere in the UK for the price of a 1st class stamp #2 by Gary Hogben
Anywhere in the UK for the price of a 1st class stamp #2 by Gary Hogben

Unusual materials are often used in Pop Art. Hogben is an artist who has perfected this style with his images created entirely in postage stamps.

Funky Lion by Andrew Snee
Funky Lion by Andrew Snee

This Funky Lion was a must for our top 10. Snee says, “The yellow, orange and pink colours are all fluorescent and really make the picture glow.” This striking image will brighten up even the darkest of rooms!

Dancing Girls by Brian Kelvin
Dancing Girls by Brian Kelvin

We particularly like Kelvin’s sexy painting of dancing girls. The clash of primary colours catches the eye and evokes memories of the groovy 70s.

Kelvin says, “My Digital Art brings together two of my interests, photography and digital manipulation. My themes are varied being surrealistic and/or witty but, hopefully, always thought provoking. They often depict ordinary objects in unusual contexts, challenging observers preconditioned perceptions of reality. They are influenced by pop, minimalist and conceptual art.”

Spring collection #6 by Igor Shulman
Spring collection #6 by Igor Shulman

Measuring 43 inches across, this beautiful, bold painting would make a memorable impact on any wall. Shulman says “My experiments in PopArt do not have depths and extraneous thoughts, they do not have deep philosophical overtones. It's just admiring the form. An object for its own sake.”

Swimming Pool by Steve Palmer
Swimming Pool by Steve Palmer

Palmer’s painting is a very clever, entirely original, digitally created, Pop Art swimming pool. He says that “Colour, shape, rhythm and emotion are important elements in my digital art work. In all my works I seek to connect emotionally with myself, the work and the viewer.”

Pop Art Trees -
Pop Art Trees - "Magic" by Andrew Alan Johnson

This fantasy art in pop art style shows trees in the moonlight with the moon peering through magical twigs and branches. This hypnotic painting will add magic and intrigue to any home.

Flying Scotsman by Paul Berriff
Flying Scotsman by Paul Berriff

This is a fabulous, Warhol inspired, illustration of the recently overhauled Flying Scotsman.

FABULOUS CRIMINAL! Pop-Clip-Art Abstract painting 0121 by Eraclis Aristidou
FABULOUS CRIMINAL! Pop-Clip-Art Abstract painting 0121 by Eraclis Aristidou

Aristidou says “Pop Art is all about modern popular culture and the mass media. My clip-art is a variant of this, taking inspiration from today’s news media and combining it with today’s obsession with food and diets.” The work has a poster, abstract feel, with a message which can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on the viewers point of view.

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Malvern Theatres - Late Summer Show - The Natural World through the Eyes of Three Artists

by Humph Hack 20. August 2017 13:35

If not totally or partially abstract, artists seek inspiration from a variety of sources in the world around them. It might be people or places; a famous personality or an unknown model; a familiar destination or a private secluded spot, all can be the starting point for a new work. It might be plant forms, animals or the more traditional still-life motifs. But whichever of these create the spark, an artwork which merely reproduces a near photographic representation of a subject fails to excite potential customers. Most people, these days, have a camera or camera-phone which allows them to capture the image themselves.

So it is, that the 3 artist showing throughout the next eight weeks in Malvern Theatres offer far more than photographic realism. Each one adds their personal touch to each image. That’s what real painters do!

Sam Fenner has a keen following of existing customers which shows that there is a strong appetite for her exciting and amusing portrayal of animals. The whimsical manner with which she portrays her subjects is superbly matched by her titles. She has shown at Malvern before and always sells. Her ability to make the viewer smile is guaranteed.

 

Graeme Robb is another returner to Malvern. His Landscapes which draw heavily on both Impressionism and Pointillism are neither. They bring a novel approach to the art of landscape painting. Some celebrate well known beauty spots others are less specific. All have a richness of colour which delights.

Jadu Sheridan is the newcomer to the theatre. In her case, it is the freshness of colour and the brightness of the landscape which attracts her. More traditional they may be…but a celebration of nature and the assured use of materials she uses to depict her subjects lift them above the norm.

The exhibition runs every day from Monday 21 August, through the Summer break and up until 14 October.

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Summer Paintings

by Ros Rowlatt 7. July 2017 10:39

Summer Paintings - Depictions of summer in paintings.

This month we celebrate summer. We look at how original art can capture all that summer represents, how it can evoke the laziness of the heat, transporting you to foreign lands, childish innocence, and carefree pleasures.

First, we look at how three paintings have famously captured the essence of summer using three very different styles.

David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash (1967)

This painting perfectly evokes high summer, of a day so hot that the only escape is to plunge into a cool pool. Hockney’s swimmer vanishes into the refreshing depths, leaving only scattered water in his wake.

 

“It took me two weeks,” Hockney wrote, “to paint this event that lasts two seconds.”

 

A Bigger Splash (1967) David Hockney

 

Hockney was one of the first artists to make extensive use of acrylic paint. He felt that, as a fast-drying substance, it portrayed the hot, dry landscapes of California.

 

Unfortunately, we will never know who the unsung jumper was as the famous painting is based on a photograph of a swimming pool Hockney had seen in a pool manual. He was intrigued by the idea that a photograph could capture the event of a split second, and sought to recreate this in painting.

 

Tahitian Landscape by Paul Gauguin (1893)

 

Gauguin uses graceful contours and strong colours to create this superbly atmospheric painting perfectly capturing the serenity inspired by the lush, tropical Tahiti landscape. Gauguin said that he had been “eager to suggest a luxurious and untamed nature, a topical sun that sets aglow everything around it.”

 

Tahitian Landscape (1893) by Paul Gauguin

 

The legend goes that the stockbroker turned artist abandoned his family and took the banana boat to Tahiti. He went in search of free food and sex and to escape European civilization, which he felt was artificial and spiritually bankrupt.  

 

Gauguin painted scenes of sultry girls, strange fruit and celebrated the landscape around him with an unrivalled intensity of colour that has inspired painters ever since.

 

The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil by Claude Monet (1873)

 

Perhaps the most iconic summer painting of them all. The heat almost drips off the canvas in this red-led riot of colour. Almost bordering on abstraction, Monet has beautifully depicted this summer's day in all its glory with the vibrant poppies complementing the wispy clouds in a clear blue sky.

 

This painting perfectly evokes the exhilaration and the laziness of summer. It transports you there, you can almost feel the soporific weight of all that warmth.

 

The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet

 

Art Gallery artists capturing the essence of summer in original art.

 

Summer Fields by Graham Evans

 

Evans, a Bournemouth based artist perfectly captures the nostalgia of summer with his wild flowers blooming on a country riverbank. You can almost hear the bees buzzing as you imagine yourself lying on a picnic blanket under the hypnotic weight of that summer sky.

 

This painting is taken from Evan’s collection of floral scenes inspired by his river walks.

 

Summer fields by Graham Evans
Summer fields by Graham Evans

 

The Shimmering Summer (framed original) by Sarah Gill

 

This beautiful painting transports us across the shimmering fields of wheat stubble. The coppice leads the eye into the faraway distance under the August sky.  Gill says that she draws inspiration from her travels in Tuscany, the Italian Lakes, Burgundy and her home in the Peak District.

The Shimmering Summer ( framed original ) by Sarah Gill
The Shimmering Summer ( framed original ) by Sarah Gill

 

Summer time. Happy children. By Olga Koval

 

Koval cleverly takes us back to the summer of our childhoods perfectly recreating the summer afternoon light. Will the children overcome their trepidation and dip a toe into the waves?

 

Summer time. Happy holiday. Children on the seaside.  by Olga  Koval
Summer time. Happy holiday. Children on the seaside. by Olga Koval

 

Skinny dipping by Lizzie Cornelius

 

Summer art lends itself to cheeky humor which Hayling Island based Cornelius captures perfectly.

 

She says “I paint from my beach side studio on Hayling Island, where the initial inspiration develops from digital photographic images. From here I deconstruct the image and reconstruct with a pencil sketch. […] The colours are inspired from zooming in on the pixels of the photograph. I keep my images clean and crisp and uncluttered as we live in a very fast pace world and I love the soothing contrast and calmness that they bring.”

 

Skinny Dipping by Lizzie Cornelius
Skinny Dipping by Lizzie Cornelius

 

At ArtGallery.co.uk, we’re excited to offer original art from talented artists. If you’re looking to buy affordable art online from inspirational independent artists, we can help you find an artwork you’ll love at a price you can afford.

 

Image credits

A Bigger Splash (1967) David Hockney https://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfordshire_church_photos/galleries/72157622644276786/

 

Tahitian Landscape (1893) by Paul Gauguin https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_Gauguin_-_Tahitian_Landscape_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

 

The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet_037.jpg

 

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