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Monday 21st September
Painting on my Wall - All Members` Vote
The painting with the most votes goes to "South of France" by James Harrigan sent in by Linda Berman. It was chosen by three members as their favourite painting. "Ben Lomond" by T.H.Shanks sent in by Bill Kennedy came second with two votes
Votes so far
Ben Lomond by T. H. Shanks voted by Anne Murdoch
South of France by James Harrigan voted by Margaret Burnell
Sailing Ships by unknown artist voted by Bill Kennedy
Cat by Hayley Banks voted by Beth Alexander
Conversations with Florence voted by Lorna Hutcheson
Landscape by Bernard Shieff voted by Ida Rennie
South of France by James Harrigan sent in by Anne Higney
South of France by James Harrigan sent in by Glenda Asquith
Ben Lomond by T.H. Shanks sent in by Margaret Malloch
Which of the the paintings (apart from your own!) did you like best and why?
Here are all the paintings for you to have another look and to read the accompanying information. You do not need to have sent one in to vote. Please e-mail us with your choice and comments by replying to our newsletter or email.
You can click on each picture to enlarge.
Let`s go to Mexico!
This week we`re off to Mexico. First of all we will have a virtual tour of the Frida Kahlo Museum. Frida is known for her brightly coloured self portraits and artifacts. Her inspiration was Mexican folk art and you can see more of this art in a video of a guided city tour. For those of you who have an Ipad and would like to see how you can create using an iPad, there is a step by step video on Mexican folk art.
Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954) was a Mexican artist, known for her brightly coloured self portraits, still lifes, costumes and artefacts. When she was eighteen she was involved in a bus accident and as a result, could not walk for three months. To pass the time she took up painting and stated that this recovery period made her desire to begin again, painting things just as she saw them with her own eyes and nothing more.
In 1929 she and her husband, Rivera, moved to Morelos where she found inspiration in the Mexican folk art there. They then went to San Francisco where Frida developed her art style and participated for the first time in an exhibition. Frida return to Mexico in 1930 and started to gain international recognition.
Despite ill health and many operations Frida continued to paint and in 1953, she held her first solo exhibition. Although she was bedridden at this stage, she insisted on an ambulance taking her to the preview and was carried on a stretcher to a bed where she stayed for the duration of the party. That same year, the Tate Gallery featured five of her paintings in an exhibition on Mexican Art.
Frida died the following year but her name lives on and her home is now the Frida Kahlo Museum, attracting approximately 25,000 visitors each month.
The exterior and interior of Frida Kahlo`s house
To take a virtual tour of the Frida Kahlo Museum click on the link below,
Mexican City Art Scene Tour
Take a tour of the Mexican Art Scene
You can see art everywhere in Mexico City. There is street art, colourful sculptures, decorative murals, brightly coloured play parks, stained glass and much more. Here is a video where an artist and local guide takes you round his city and shows you the art all around.
Click the link below to see the video.
Using Colour Tutorial
Using colours is probably one of the biggest hurdles that artists face. Knowing how to use colours effectively to adjust the mood or the atmosphere or to even pick colours that actually go well together is really hard for a lot of people to make it work. The following video covers the following concepts.
1. Why Colour is Important
2. Saturation and Value.
3. Colour Harmonies
If you`d like to see the video click the link below.
Mexican Folk Art created on an iPad.
If you`ve ever wondered how you would create art using an iPad, here is an interesting step by step video where the subject is Mexican folk art.
Painting by Artist Quiz
Can you choose the art work that the given artist created?
Click on the following link to match the painting to the named artist.
Recent Paintings from Our Members
You can click on the image to expand.
We meet on Thursday evenings from 7pm in Williamwood High School, Busby, East Renfrewshire