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Alleviate stress, foster creativity, and commune with nature while creating beautiful art with Meditative Stone Art.
Let artist Maria Mercedes Trujillo Arango guide you on a meditative art journey, for beginner and expert crafters alike, as she shares her unique and elegant designs for decorating stones. Meditative Stone Art includes 44 illustrated step-by-step projects—21 calming mandala designs and 23 nature-inspired designs, including:
Chock-full of beautiful photography and easy-to-follow instructions to get your designs just right, along with drawing tutorials and information about gathering the perfect stones, tools and supplies, and art techniques, Meditative Stone Art will have you feeling inspired, focused, and relaxed in no time.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this gorgeous month-to-view year planner, with protective plastic wallet, features on its cover a design based on Josephine Wall's enchanting Soul of a Unicorn. It's a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
Vic Reeves Art Book is an expedition through the mind of Jim Moir, aka the comedian, writer and artist and Vic Reeves. The first collection of his visual work in a decade, this book is a wild ride through subjects and media, ranging from sketches to paintings. Whether he's depicting Sooty and Sweep unzipped and on the toilet, or grotesque versions of beloved TV personalities, Jim's unmistakable humour shines through in every brushstroke. Featuring more than 200 images, this is the definitive compendium of Jim's art, covering early work, some of his best-known pieces, and brand-new creations exclusive to the book.
'We live within a spectacle of empty clothes and unworn masks' In this series of remarkable pieces from across his career, John Berger celebrates and dissects the close links between art and society and the individual. Few writers give a more vivid and moving sense of how we make art and how art makes us. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.
A Kenyan upbringing is the ticket to this voyage into a remarkably real created world entered via carved, integrating frames. Twice TVs pick of the show at the Royal Academies and with crowds and fan mail at a third RA Summer Exhibition, James remains a virtual unknown in his own country. A production rate averaging just one painting a year may account for this, but in an Art World where price is all, his output is sufficient to net him a viable living selling internationally. Also introducing the remarkable paintings of his artist son Alexander James. Together their art is akin to a vigorous breath of fresh air in a stuffy room.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this gorgeous month-to-view year planner, with protective plastic wallet, features on its cover a design based on L.S. Lowry's The Estuary. It's a perfect gift or special treat just for you.
The author's paintings are characterised by their vibrant colours and imaginative compositions. In this title she explains her evocative use of colour to recreate the beauty of flowers in paintings using wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, negative painting, masking, lifting out, glazing and more. Clear step-by-step projects are included, as well as many examples of her work, providing ideas and inspiration for novice as well as more experienced artists. This title will appeal to everyone wishing to improve their flower watercolour painting skills.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, opened The Marianne North Gallery in 1882. It houses over 800 paintings by the incredible artist Marianne North, who travelled the world solo to paint plants and flowers in their natural habitats. This calendar features many flowers and foliage found in Brazil, including beautiful orchids, where North travelled to in 1872. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
Renowned for his paintings of the industrial towns of North West England, Lowry had a distinctive and enchanting style. In association with The Lowry, which houses over 400 of Lowry's works, this exceptional mini wall calendar portrays a selection of 12 works ranging from urban landscapes teeming with his iconic 'matchstick men' to haunting unpopulated scenes. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this gorgeous month-to-view year planner, with protective plastic wallet, features on its cover a design based on Mabel Royds' Magnolia from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. It's the perfect gift or a special treat for you.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover Love For My Garden by artist Nel Whatmore this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover a beautiful design based on Wilhelm Lists's Magnolia, this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
The work of Alex Colville, O.C. (1920-2013), one of the great modern realist painters, combines the Flemish detail of Andrew Wyeth, the eerie foreboding of George Tooker and the anguished confrontations of Lucian Freud. Behind the North Americans stands their common master, Edward Hopper. Colville's works are in many museums in Canada and Germany. He has affinities with Max Beckmann and appeals to the German "secondary virtues": cleanliness, punctuality, love of order. In a long life he resolutely opposed the fashionable currents of abstract and expressionistic art. In contrast to Jackson Pollock's wild action painting, Colville created paintings of contemplation and reflection. As Jeffrey Meyers writes: I spent several days with Colville on each of three visits from California to Wolfville. I received seventy letters from him between August 1998 and April 2010, and kept thirty-six of my letters to him. He sent me photographs and slides of his work and, in his eighties, discussed the progress and meaning of the paintings he completed during the last decade of his life. His handwritten letters, precisely explaining his thoughts and feelings, provide a rare and enlightening opportunity to compare my insights and interpretations with his own intentions and ideas. He also discussed his family, health, sexuality, politics, reading, travels, literary interests, our mutual friend Iris Murdoch, response to my writing, his work, exhibitions, sales of his pictures and of course the meaning of his art. His letters reveal the challenges he faced during aging and illness, and his determination to keep painting as health difficulties mounted. He stopped writing to me when he became seriously ill two years before his death. In this context the late paintings, presented in colour in this book, take on a new poignancy.
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) is celebrated as an American Master in his native United States, particularly on the West Coast, where he lived and worked for much of his career. Highly sensitive to his environment, Diebenkorn used a palette and colour composition influenced by the light and location of his studios and the geographic environments in which he worked: whether abstract or figurative, his works powerfully evoke the Californian coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This volume is a focused exploration of his ever- changing, always compelling career across four decades, and his shifts in style and subject-matter in both painting and works on paper. It covers the three distinct periods of his career, which saw him gain recognition as a leading abstract expressionist in the early 1950s, then turn his attention to figurative painting, before, in 1967, embarking on a long and highly successful period of abstract paintings and drawings, known as the Ocean Park Series.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sought to define her identity, as well as that of Mexico. She explored themes of self-identity, gender, postcolonialism and popular culture from Mexico throughout her works. Now regarded as a feminist and LGBT icon, as well as a key artist during the twentieth century, this calendar celebrates Frida Kahlo's life with beautiful portraits alongside her famous quotes about life and art. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next months views.
In "Paint Made Flesh," expressive figuration is considered as a reflection of artists' responses to such topics as identity, sexuality, and mortality, and as a symptom of a broader spectrum of social and political attitudes shaping Western culture since World War II. It features art from the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, countries that have since the 1950s produced many artists who use paint as a metaphor for flesh in all its aspects. It will also consider contemporary artists whose works move from a national to a global stage in terms of meaning and style.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Produced in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum, the cover features a beautiful design based on The Hunt in the Forest by Paolo di Dono (1397-1475), known by his nickname, Uccello ('Bird'), making this diary a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover a stunning design based on Vincent van Gogh's beautiful Wheatfield with Cypresses, this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
Developed in France during the 19th century, impressionism was characterized by subjects such as landscapes and scenes of everyday life. Produced in partnership with The National Gallery, you'll find renowned impressionist artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet in this exquisite calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
This summer 2016 publication brings together the recent body of work by David Hockney, perhaps the most popular and versatile British artist of the last century. Following his sweeping exploration of landscape in the Royal Academy's galleries in 2012, this focused display will look exclusively at the portraits he has been painting in the last few years - the subjects of which are friends, family and art-world luminaries. After the sad events that touched his life in 2012, Hockney had stopped painting altogether. His move from Yorkshire to California coincided with his decision to revisit acrylic paints and bold colours. Vibrant, observant and full of life, these portraits mark a return to vivid, Technicolor form. Incisive text from Tim Barringer places these works within Hockney's development as a portrait painter, while curator Edith Devaney interviews the artist about the series, which he describes as 'twenty-hour exposures', in reference to the time each portrait takes to paint. The book will show the stages of each painting, from first to last mark, to give the reader a unique insight into Hockney's working method.
Renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is well-known for his golden masterpieces full of sumptuous ornamentation, as well as his incredible depictions of the female form and vibrant landscapes. In this opulent art calendar, revel in 12 of Klimt's fantastic paintings, including Water Serpents I and Death and Life. In this wall calendar, informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, a sumptuous full-colour art book containing the complete collection of almost 200 sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien. As he wrote The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's mental pictures often found expression in drawing, from rough sketches made within the manuscript to more finished illustrations. Only a few of these were meant for publication; most were aids to help Tolkien conceive his complex story and keep it consistent. Many do not illustrate the final text, but represent moments of creation, illuminating Tolkien's process of writing and design. In addition to pictorial sketches, numerous maps follow the development of the Shire and the larger landscape of Middle-earth, while inscriptions in runes and Elvish script, and 'facsimile' leaves from the burned and blood-stained Book of Mazarbul, support Tolkien's pose as an 'editor' or 'translator' of ancient records. The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien collects these drawings, inscriptions, maps, and plans in one deluxe volume. More than 180 images are included, all of them printed in colour from high-quality scans and photographs, more than half not previously published. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, two of the world's leading Tolkien scholars, have edited the book and provide an expert introduction and comments. Readers who have enjoyed The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, with which the new book is uniform, will find much of interest also in The Art of The Lord of the Rings.
RESPONDING TO a near-constant flow of requests, George and Martha Washington sat for about two dozen portraits from 1789 to 1797, collected here in this elegantly illustrated volume. From miniatures executed on ivory for family and friends to a historical portrait that depicts Washington during the Revolution, the../images vary widely in treatment and setting. What they all reflect, Ellen Miles suggests, is the great need the new republic had for portraits of its first chief executive, often to stand in for Washington himself. In the portraits, Martha Washington is usually dressed plainly, her round face composed in a benign but cheerful expression. Portraits of George Washington often show him in military uniform, the pin of the Society of the Cincinnati on his lapel; others have him in black velvet, wearing a simple ruffled white shirt, his hair tied back in a queue. Most observers agreed that Martha was short and pleasant-looking, and that George was nearly six feet tall, had a long nose, large and penetrating light eyes, and a noble forehead. The state of his teeth affects his appearance in some portraits.
Washington responded to having his likeness taken with a characteristic mixture of pride in his position and mild irritation. Once, a painter in Boston hid behind a church pulpit to sketch him. Washington's mild chafing at requests for him to sit illustrates the conflict he felt between his obligation to the nation and his desire to return to private life. As Edmund Morgan writes in his preface, Washington "succeeded in clothing the new government with his own honor and left the presidency with a heritage of independence and respect which, despite the antics of so many of his successors, has never quite left it." George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years offers, quite literally, a unique portrait of the original First Couple.
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