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Meditative Stone Art - Create Over 40 Mandala And Nature-Inspired Designs (Paperback): Maria Mercedes Trujillo Arango Meditative Stone Art - Create Over 40 Mandala And Nature-Inspired Designs (Paperback)
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R360 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R61 (17%) In stock

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:

  • Single-color mandalas
  • Multicolor mandalas
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Beetles
  • Fish

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.

Josephine Wall - Soul of a Unicorn (Planner 2021) (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Josephine Wall - Soul of a Unicorn (Planner 2021) (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R103 R84 Discovery Miles 840 Save R19 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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 (Hardcover): Jim Moir Vic Reeves Art Book (Hardcover)
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R676 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R135 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Steps Towards a Small Theory of the Visible (Paperback): John Berger Steps Towards a Small Theory of the Visible (Paperback)
John Berger
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'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.

Voyage to the Interior - The Paintings of Gary M James (Paperback): Gary M. James Voyage to the Interior - The Paintings of Gary M James (Paperback)
Gary M. James
R669 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R199 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

L.S. Lowry (Planner 2021) (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio L.S. Lowry (Planner 2021) (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R103 R84 Discovery Miles 840 Save R19 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Morning Glory On The Vine - Early Songs & Drawings (Hardcover): Joni Mitchell Morning Glory On The Vine - Early Songs & Drawings (Hardcover)
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R640 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R141 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Glorious' Guardian
'Revelatory' New Yorker
'Evocative' Los Angeles Times

In 1971, as her groundbreaking album Blue emerged as a singular commercial and critical success around the world, Joni Mitchell puzzled over what gift to give her friends that Christmas.

The result was a handmade book, with only one hundred copies produced, filled with Joni’s hand-written lyrics and reproductions of many of her stunning drawings — portraits, abstracts, random concertgoers, and more.

Each was given to a friend and, until now, the edition has remained private. Today, with Morning Glory on the Vine, Joni’s long-ago personal Christmas present is a present to us all.

Watercolour Flowers - An Inspirational Step-by-step Guide to Colour and Techniques (Paperback): Janet Whittle Watercolour Flowers - An Inspirational Step-by-step Guide to Colour and Techniques (Paperback)
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R95 R79 Discovery Miles 790 Save R16 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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.

Kew Gardens - Exotic Plants by Marianne North Wall Calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Kew Gardens - Exotic Plants by Marianne North Wall Calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
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R263 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R48 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

L.S. Lowry Wall Calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio L.S. Lowry Wall Calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
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R263 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R76 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

National Galleries Scotland (Planner 2021) (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio National Galleries Scotland (Planner 2021) (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R103 R84 Discovery Miles 840 Save R19 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

The Art of Botanical Painting (Paperback): Margaret Stevens The Art of Botanical Painting (Paperback)
Margaret Stevens; As told to The Society of Botanical Artists
R462 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R92 (20%) In stock

This is the definitive instructional guide to the art of botanical illustration, published in association with The Society of Botanical Artists and featuring detailed step-by-step demonstrations by members of the Society. Botanical illustration has been a popular art form for many centuries, with its appealing traditions of detail and beauty. This beautifully illustrated book covers all aspects of the subject and is an essential book for all serious students of botanical painting. The book includes useful information about materials, basic plant anatomy, flower and leaf shapes, and then explores the techniques for drawing and coloured pencil work, as well as painting with watercolour and gouache. Subjects include exotic and common plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers in the garden. Packed with step-by-step demonstrations and stunning illustrations, this is an inspiring, practical guide, as well as a visual treat.

Nel Whatmore - Love For My Garden Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Nel Whatmore - Love For My Garden Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R281 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R54 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Wilhelm List - Magnolia Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Wilhelm List - Magnolia Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R281 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R54 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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 Mystery of the Real Letters of the Canadian Artist Alex Colville and Biographer Jeffrey Meyers (Paperback): Jeffrey Meyers The Mystery of the Real Letters of the Canadian Artist Alex Colville and Biographer Jeffrey Meyers (Paperback)
Jeffrey Meyers
R703 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R131 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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 (Hardcover): Sarah C. Bancroft, Edith Devaney, Steven Nash Richard Diebenkorn (Hardcover)
Sarah C. Bancroft, Edith Devaney, Steven Nash
R958 R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Save R208 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Planet Cute - Just Add Water (Paperback): Angela Nguyen Planet Cute - Just Add Water (Paperback)
Angela Nguyen
R313 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Paint Made Flesh (Paperback): Mark W Scala Paint Made Flesh (Paperback)
Mark W Scala
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.


The book has been developed to accompany an early 2009 exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which will include paintings by artists like Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, and Julian Schnabel from private collections and museums around the world. "Paint Made Flesh" will feature approximately forty color plates and approximately fifty other illustrations, and four essays by major art historians.


Susan Edwards's essay "The Influence of Anxiety" considers works by American artists active from the 1950 to the 1970s, including Willem de Kooning, Leon Golub, Philip Guston, and Alice Neel, as responses to social conditions and the expressive limitations of late Modernism. Emily Braun's "Skinning the Paint" looks at the work of British painters Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Frank Auerbach, and its legacy in the painting of Jenny Saville and Cecily Brown. The title refers to the way these artists use a knife both to strip the skin or surface of the figure and to build up new layers of epidermis, comprising a metaphor for the dialectic between psychological and physical aspects of being.


Richard Shiff's "Drawn on the Body" discusses German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Markus Lupertz, and Albert Oehlen, whose gestural paint application is seen as both an extension and critique of the notion of a national heritage distinctly tied to Expressionism. The final essay, Mark Scala's "Fragmentation and Reconstitution: Painterly Figuration Since 1980," examines ways that artists like Wangechi Mutu, Daniel Richter, and John Currin posit a transmutation of identity-personal, cultural, and sexual-that is today mirrored in images of the body. Instead of asking the question of the traditional figure painter: "Who are we?" these artists are more concerned with the question "Who will we become?"

Ashmolean - The Hunt by Uccello Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Ashmolean - The Hunt by Uccello Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R281 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R54 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Vincent Van Gogh - Wheatfield with Cypresses Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Vincent Van Gogh - Wheatfield with Cypresses Pocket Diary 2021 (Diary, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R281 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R54 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

National Gallery - Impressionists Mini Wall calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio National Gallery - Impressionists Mini Wall calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio 1
R131 R106 Discovery Miles 1 060 Save R25 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life (Hardcover): Tim Barringer, Edith Devaney David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life (Hardcover)
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R848 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R172 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Gustav Klimt Wall Calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Gustav Klimt Wall Calendar 2021 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio 1
R263 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R76 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Shirley Trevena Watercolours (Hardcover): Shirley Trevena Shirley Trevena Watercolours (Hardcover)
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R682 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R198 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shirley Trevena is a successful and popular watercolourist with a huge international fan base. Throughout her career Shirley has pushed the boundaries of watercolour and is regarded as one of Britain's most innovative artists in that medium. Shirley's watercolours are vibrant in colour, visually inspiring and strong in composition. In this book, Shirley shares her thoughts, ideas, stories and sketches of more than 100 paintings to give a valuable insight into the evolving work of a much-loved artist. Shirley breaks the conventional rules of watercolour in many different ways: through her exciting compositions, strange perspectives and above all, the strength and vibrancy of her colour combinations. In this exciting and inspiring book, Shirley gives her personal view of painting and shares her creative process with us.

The Art of the Lord of the Rings (Hardcover, 60th Anniversary Slipcased edition): J. R. R. Tolkien The Art of the Lord of the Rings (Hardcover, 60th Anniversary Slipcased edition)
J. R. R. Tolkien; Edited by Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull 2
R804 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R285 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

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