an unplanned kind of surrealist photo

unplanned-kind-of-surrealist-photograph

I took this photo yesterday while in Rovinj, Croatia. It seemed to me to be almost surrealist, like a Dali painting. The cloud makes it but the repetition of the stairs, the separation from the background, the lines, the colours.

What do you think?

Also I think I may be getting my photo mojo back. It just requires getting out and taking some pictures in a beautiful place with the sun shining, sometimes.

my feminist tendencies | exploring female artists

I wouldn’t say I am one of those obvious shout out loud sort of feminists but honestly being a woman and living in the world we live in I don’t know why you wouldn’t be a feminist. Also as I get older I recognise more and more the little ‘unfairnesses’ and more obvious statements of every day sexism in the West (I won’t even get onto the subject of the situation of the vast majority of the world’s women).

Anyway I saw this video the other day …

It is beautifully done but I noted that of the 90 portraits shared only two of them were by female artists.

So I thought I would highlight some female artists from history that you might not have heard about and I think could have been included in this video.

Artemisia Gentileschi

Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

Gentileschi has become more well known in recent years as knowledge of her sort of ‘disappeared’ after her death. However, in her lifetime she was the first female artist to become a member of the Design Academy in Florence and counted the Granduke Cosimo II de Medici and several other royalty as her patrons. Her paintings often represent strong female characters, thought to be influenced by her rape at the age of 17 by her father’s friend who she also studied under.

Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba-Anguissola-self-portrait Anguissola was perhaps less dramatic than her later counterpart, Gentilesche. She excelled in portraiture at a time when women weren’t allowed to study anatomy and nudes and so were limited to portrait compositions. I saw one of her portraits in the Brera Gallery in Milan and loved her modestly sized self-portrait. She seems like she would have been interesting to know don’t you think? She lived into her 90s and this is one of her older self-portraits.

These two ladies aside I was also thinking about Frida Kahlo. And was watching a programme the other day to discover that I knew Tamara de Lempicka’s work without knowing that these famous portraits were made by a woman. I am kind of blown away by these women who must have faced such difficulties in an ‘industry’ that was incredibly male driven on top of living in a much more patriarchal society than now. Wikipedia has a whole list of other women artists through different periods who have also ‘stood out’ if you want to learn about more female artists.

Do you have any favourite female artists from the past, or present? I’d love to learn more!

Image 1: Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, 1630s, Royal Collection (possibly self-portrait)

Image 2: Self-Portrait, c1540, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan (taken by me on my iphone)

home inspiration | portraits

home inspiration portrait collection

Every few months my attention turns to decorating my flat. I scour pinterest, stare at the walls for hours and ponder what to do. Sadly, not much happens from that point as generally the budget does not stretch to do the things I dream.

That doesn’t stop me dreaming though. Of late, I particularly like these collections of portraits on the wall. Either a single one in an unexpected place or as a gallery wall. I am thinking a collection might work well stacked on the shelves above our bed. The furniture in the bedroom is really ‘peculiar’ with a shiny black finish and odd layout. I have done very little to the bedroom but am keen to stamp some of our own personality on it.

I’m hoping I can start building a collection from the variety of vintage shops that are around in Trieste but cost might mean I just end up with one. Although something like this looks grand.

Images: 1 | 2 (via) | 3 | 4 (link is broken – anyone know original source?) | 5

life lessons from cy twombly

cy twombly bacchus

While in London the week before the wedding we visited the Tate Modern and wondered into their rooms on ‘Energy and Process’. Cy Twombly is one of my favourite painters and I had some lessons for life reaffirmed while looking at a room of his works including the Bacchus Series.

cy twombly bacchus - go big or go home

>>> Go big or go home. Don’t play small!

cy twombly bacchus - off the edge

>>> Don’t be afraid to go off the ‘edges’ (not in a crazy way but more colour outside the box sense)

cy twombly bacchus - do over

>>> It is okay to paint over and start again

sunday inspiration | titian’s la schiavona

titian la schiavona

When we were in London last we visited the National Gallery and on our wanders I came across one of Titian’s portraits known as La Schiavona (The Dalmation Woman). I loved the colours (this picture seemed to reflect reality more than some other images on the web which were more red) and the forthright stance of the woman. This video from the National Gallery describes it as an allegory for woman.

It is great inspiration for a photo shoot.

Maybe I will have a chance to visit her again while I am in London this week.

waterlogued

waterlogue picture of Trieste by mycreative waterlogue "you are my sushine" italian mycreative waterlogue image of pomegranate seeds and yoghurt by mycreative waterlogue images of boat and staircase by mycreative Last week I read about a new app over on Claire’s blog about a new app called waterlogue. I have been a fan of watercolour for a while but sadly don’t have much talent in that department. When I saw Rosa Park instagram a waterlogue image a little later I decided I had to check this thing out for myself.

What I think it works well with is simple images which don’t require too much detail (though my pomegranate seeds above do just look like a red mass I still like the colour). Also architectural and landscape are great. Look at the water! I think with people it is best for up close and uncluttered images as it loses too much detail when they are far away.

I think the developers of this app did a great job and love the attention to detail. For example the paper texture that the images have. You have to pay for this app but seriously (and maybe this is just an indication of how tragic I am) the best £2 I’ve spent in a while. That said just watching the process of the photos turn into watercolours isn’t enough to keep me going. I am thinking the images would make great cards and postcards, maybe a piece of art for a gallery wall (if that ever gets around to happening) and fun for other ‘designy’ projects. I might also finally make a water colour journal of my next holiday. Something that I have wanted to do for a long time but just got frustrated with when I tried with paints. I take my hat off to the talented people who can paint.

What do you think? And what would you do with it?