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C is for Como

Here is a little watercolour i did today with my sketch group at Como. It shows the new pub on the hill on the other side of the valley.

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Palm Sunday Painting; William Blake

 

The text below comes from an app on my phone called DailyArt. Each day they present an artwork and provide commentary on the artwork presented. Since the entry today was from William Blake, I decided to share it here for my fellow 19th Century Literature students. I hope you enjoy, and maybe subscribe to this great free app. The painting comes from artuk.org

Blake, William, 1757-1827; Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

Blake, William; Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/christs-entry-into-jerusalem-83204

 

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. It is the Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.

This image by William Blake painted for Thomas Butts is out of the ordinary even for Blake. The subject of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday receives a distinctive treatment. Jesus and his party of disciples enjoy a conventional treatment although they display the elongated bodies and reduced sized heads which Blake adopted for a period of time. The crowd gathered around Jesus are definitely unconventional since they are in various degrees of undress. The contrasting sizes of the various figures leads to a confusion of scale and perspective.

The Window through which Jerusalem is visible is framed by trees which are being climbed by figures of individuals attempting to reach a higher level. Jerusalem is not pictured as the earthly city of Jesus’ day but as the heavenly Jerusalem of the vision of John of Patmos.

During the period when Blake was reevaluating Classical thought as an influence on his myth and prophecy, he seems to have reconsidered the neoclassical style of art which he had adopted in much of his work. Neoclassicism gained prominence with the enlightenment; Blake looked to replace them both. This picture owes much to Mannerism, a style of the 16th century. According to this National Gallery website Mannerism demonstrated that “excellence in painting demanded refinement, richness of invention, and virtuoso technique, criteria that emphasized the artist’s intellect.” Blake found that this technique allowed him to use his intellect and inventiveness to stimulate a fresh view of a Biblical scene which could be opened to vision

 

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One more time with colour.

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Added some soft watercolour to the previous sketch.

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Sketch of my writing teacher.

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Sorry about the shadow.

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Church in Surry Hills Sydney

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I started this a few weeks ago in just brown graphite pencil but decided to colour today. I did this with a combination of graphite pencil and soft pastel.

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My work on show

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This painting of mine is on Exhibition at the McGlade Gallery, Barker Rd Strathfield until 6th March. It is for sale for $350. The painting is an urban landscape depicting the old Marrickville Ambulance Station. The media is Oil on Canvas.

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Beach sketches

The Sydney Sketch Group is going through the whole Alphabet this year, sketching in suburbs of Sydney. This week it was B for Balmoral. These are my 2 watercolours, naive style, from the day. I got a bit sunburnt on the day and am feeling the effects of it still a few days after.

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Sketches at the Sawmill

Here are the sketches and watercolours that I did while at Sawmillers reserve this morning. I had a wonderful time. Owing to the trek down the hill, and consequently back up again, I limited myself with the materials I carried. I hope you enjoy these attempts at art.IMG_6201IMG_6200

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Tempe moorings through the rain.

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I have been in bed for 2 days with depression. I decided to go to the local takeout to get food and thrn eat in the carpark of Tempe moorings which is close to my home. I took this photo through a rain streaked windscreen to represent that I can still see beauty through the tears of depression. I kinda like it. Hope you do too.
Dave

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Urban sketching in North Sydney

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Watercolour pencils on paper. Arrived 2 hours early for a meeting just so I could sketch.

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