My Favourite Painting Right Now
My Favourite Painting
This hubpage was inspired by a question that someone asked about what everyone's favorite painting was, I didn't have to think about it for too long - although I have quite a lot of paintings that are in the top list of favorites, for some reason this one just grabs me and I can look at it forever.
I think the main reason I love this painting is because I just love the colours and how they are used with the charcoal greys. I guess the composition comes into it but why do any of us like certain paintings - there must be something in our brain somewhere that says a painting is pleasing to the eye! I always like to add lots of colour to my own paintings so I guess I was always going to pick my favourite painting as one that had a lot of colour in itself.
I saw this painting in the flesh a while ago at an exhibition at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. They had an amazing exhibition of paintings on loan from the Guggenheim as a precursor to the Guggenheim actually opening in Abu Dhabi. There were lots of other fantastic paintings there by the likes of Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian and the like.
Although I do love colour there were also some abstracts that were just black and white that really grabbed me too - how can something so simple be such a masterpiece?
Franz Marc - The Unfortunate Land of Tyrol (Das arme Land Tirol)
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Some Other Influences
I am influenced by a lot of other artists but a few of the main ones are mentioned above: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian. I hugely love the work of Mark Rothko - another artist whose paintings I can just stare at for ages - even though they are simple the colours just draw you in. As a lot of the art I do is abstract so that is my main source of inspiration. I also love van Gogh and Monet and admire the work of some of the more traditional artists like John Constable.
I did start off doing watercolour painting and I also really enjoy working with oil paints but because I sell my work and can be asked to do a large order in a short space of time I really need to make acrylic paint my focus so that I can get the volume out.
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