Friday, October 26, 2012

Paul Cornoyer in Madison Square

Afternoon Madison Square 1910 - Paul Cornoyer

Changes in the weather can completely alter the appearance of a place. In these three images, by Paul Cornoyer, we can see massive differences in the depictions of Madison Square. At times, our connection to a place alters, we feel different emotions and those emotions alter our perception. During good times, the place you call 'home' will be the most beautiful place in the world. When you are sorrowful, 'home' seems to be an ugly place. I look at these paintings and I struggle to separate Cornoyer's emotional perception from the changes of the weather. The painting of a sunny day seems to be a happier image, than the grey skies of Afternoon Madison Square. So many changes within each image, I question whether he painted the weather to match his feelings. He does make Madison Square look beautiful in all weathers, although I see more than a location within these paintings. I see a painter changing with the world around him and he seems to be in sync with his own environment.

Madison Square After the Rain 1900 - Paul Cornoyer

Madison Square on a Sunny Day - Paul Cornoyer

Monday, October 22, 2012


My new book, Inspiration has just been released. Almost all of this book is available to view on the website. Click to see the contents page and links to the relevant pages. The print version is available from Amazon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boxing for Bellows

Dempsey and Firpo - George Bellows

The human body creates such interesting stances and movements. These are more easily noticeable when viewing sport or dance. Within sport, bodies move in ways that you don't normally see and it creates a visual of something that is both familiar and unfamiliar. When I see a contemporary ballet or pro wrestling, I see movements and shapes that push me to view the human body in a different way. I look at this image by George Bellows and I can understand his fascination. The two bodies form such an interesting composition where intense movement has been captured within a still image, the results reveal structures that are solid yet unbalanced. This is a painting, so the boxer will never fall to the floor and his almost unnatural position is now permanent and sculptural.       

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Traveling Mind

The Traveling Mind - Jina Wallwork

We exist within this moment, yet our mind can travel to any point in time. We can choose to live in the past, if we allow our thoughts to reside there. Our view of the future is obscured, but our mind can connect to it based upon a foundation of imagination. Our thoughts must at some point, return to this moment. It is only through the present that change can shape our reality. We cannot alter the past and the future is shaped by our actions now, because movement occurs within this second. We are traveling through life, while we consider who we were and who we desire to be. Thinking of the past and the future aids our journey forward, because we remember the lessons we have learned which allows for the creation of a new circumstance.

Through conscious reflection we understand our lives, through acceptance of the difficult challenges that we have faced. If we cannot see the value of our past, then it will manifest once more within our future.  If we accept the valuable nature of the lessons we have faced, we will look to the future and see change. There will be a new circumstance filled with different lessons. We are constantly moving forward and we never cease to learn, because we are constantly experiencing life.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jesters and Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala

Jesters playing “Cochonnet” by Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala

This painting contains a wonderful array of color and pattern. It immediately captures your gaze and then creates stories within your mind. As these jesters take a break, their faces reveal seriousness. Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala could have painted them in other ways. The only reference to their occupation is the clothes they wear, because they are not performing for the audience. As I view this painting I become a member of the audience, yet there is no show. The greatest performers must, at some point, cease in their pretense. The entertainer's paraphernalia rests unused.

Then I think of the composition of this painting. The various heights of the jesters are used to great effect. The painting is wonderfully staged. Perhaps the jesters never did find that moment to cease performing, as they posed for the painter, as they were directed to stand in specific positions and asked to relax. In asking them to cease the pretense, did he merely ask for a change in the performance? 

The image is amazing and is produced with a high level of skill and beauty. I also enjoy this contradiction within storytelling, which captures my mind along with my gaze.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Exhibiting at Fabbricaimmagine

Self III- Jina Wallwork

Self III is exhibiting as part of the Ecce artist exhibition. This is a group show of self portraits, all of the artwork can be viewed on location or at For more information you can also visit 

10th November 2012
'Ecce artist' at Fabbricaimmagine
Via dei tre pupazzi, 5a between San Pietro and Castel S. Angelo. Rome, Italy. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rembrandt and Elephants

An Elephant - Rembrandt

These sketches are believed to be of a female elephant named Hansken. She was in Holland, giving Rembrandt the opportunity to draw her from life. These quick sketches capture the shape beautifully and they also hint at the detail. Elephant skin is complex, those wrinkles are full of interesting shapes and patterns. Rembrandt uses a variety of marks to hint at the skins surface. The lines move in different directions suggesting those wrinkles are everywhere, without the need to draw every line. Elephant skin contains gorgeous marks and patterns, to an artist it is both a fascinating and overwhelming task. Drawing an elephant can be time consuming and yet these quick sketches depict all that is necessary to create a realistic image. It is a trained eye, which is capable of recognizing the most important aspects of the drawing. Those acts of discernment that influence the final result, they become essential when faced with a high level of complexity. When viewing such interesting skin, it would be easy to become lost in the detail. Rembrandt maintains a high level of focus and control. 

 Hansken - Rembrandt