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Strolling With Artists Of Old!

Dear Planksters,

I hope you are enjoying the balmy/cloudy/bright/dull/wet/dry/cold/hot weather, unique to the British Isles…


Whilst wandering through the local parks, I’m often pleasantly startled to find myself looking at objects and scenes that appear to have been painted by artists of old!


I passed under a tree whose leaves had been dabbed on in a mottled fashion by a brush of Monet. Close up I could see mere splashes of colour and it was only when I took a few paces back that the image of a tree appeared. I call it my ‘Monet Tree’ now whenever I see it.






Only last week, I witnessed a late afternoon sky that can only have been created by Turner! The light and the colours were stunning – illuminated – straight off his canvas! A bit like this painting, but think ‘field’ and not ‘ship’!





The edge of the forest walk in the park is lined with leaves that have been painted on by Vincent Van Gogh… the irises aren’t there, but those long, well-defined leaves, coloured by the paints from Vincent’s palette, gaze up at me and I’m momentarily transported to the garden of the asylum that he stayed at in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence



Of course, on every park walk, I see Lowry’s characters! Lots of his dogs and plenty of his people ... (More so from a distance and with my eyes slightly squinted!) This is a regular scene!


The more artists I learn about, the more I look for their interpretation in my surroundings. When looking at a building I wonder what shapes Picasso would have seen, and whilst staring out on the park lake, I speculate which colours Henri Matisse would have selected for his rendition.


It’s a fun and enlightening thought experiment to ponder whilst out and about! So, thinking caps on, Planksters, and I look forward to hearing your insights!!


With a long draw on my tobacco-free pipe and a slow oscillation of my blue silken handkerchief,

Thalamus Plank

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thalamusplank
thalamusplank
May 31, 2022

Australia sounds beautiful! Love that there is a special blend of paints especially for capturing it's uniqueness! Yes, light is mysterious and wonderful and can change everything. I'm fascinated when I read about artists travelling to certain places in the world for the light!! France seems to be a favourite!!

Art is wonderful and so personal - I always liken it to handwriting, and whilst you can adapt and copy other people's, you always have your own style!! Thanks for your thoughtful comment! 🤗

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Laura Cooney
Laura Cooney
May 30, 2022

This is beautiful. I'm going to think about it when I'm next out and about. I'll never look at a dog walker the same!

You may even have inspired me to get my paints back out.


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thalamusplank
thalamusplank
May 31, 2022
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Thank you so much! Ha ha - I see many Lowry dog walkers!! 😉 Oooh, didn't know you painted too - I really hope you do! 😃

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Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor
May 30, 2022

Food for thought - thank you! I'm typing this with a patch of Irises in view...but the flowers are white. Some colours are unique to the location and its light. Winsor and Newton have blended a unique range of watercolour pigments for depicting the Australian outback. On hot days, an oil evapourates from Eucalyptus tree leaves adding a blue glaze to forests. It affects how we see the colours of other 'objects'. The colour of sand is particular to a whole number of different beaches worldwide. Lighting is different... After reading this, I'll certainly consider how famous artists could interpret what I see, and I'm fascinated by different techniques. As each of us creates, however, our colours take the viewer to…

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