THE HISTORY OF THE COLOUR BLUE

London Fine Art Studios Gainsborough, The Blue Boy, 1770

Update: The work of Yves Klein, creator of International Klein Blue (IKB), will be exhibited at Blenheim Palace from the 18th July to 7th October 2018. This is the first time that an extensive collection of his work is being exhibited in the UK. The exhibition includes a series of paintings and sculptures, as well […]

From the Models Perspective

Debora our model from Florence Final

This beautiful piece of writing was sent to me by our lovely model Debora. She came to London from Florence, Italy to model at the studios in January this year and stayed until the end of June. The studio’s life and atmosphere is as much enhanced by the wonderfully creative and diverse models who pose […]

The Mirror – History of the Black Mirror

London fine art studios Philip de Laszlo using a mirror in the studio

For centuries the mirror, or its equivalent piece of polished metal, has been used by artists to help them see the shapes and values of the image they are painting on a flat plane in reverse. Indeed Leonardo da Vinci in his treatise on painting entitles ones section “Come lo specchio é maestro de’pittori” The […]

Etching: A Survey – History and Techniques

Etching Course London Fine Art Studios Francisco Goya Aquatint

What is etching? The word etch itself is a Germanic word for eat, where the acid would literally eat the metal. Etching is an intaglio method of printmaking, intaglio methods include hard and soft ground etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzotint and aquatint. All these methods share a common ink transferring process. The design is etched into […]

Monochrome – Painting in Black and White

London Fine Art Studios | Ann's Out & About Art History Review

Monochrome – Painting in Black and White – Van Eyck to Gerhard Richter This Friday I set off with India and Maggie to see the exhibition at the National Gallery. It is a must! The title might not excite most, but any painter will know how alluring this subject can be. Ironic that the Colour exhibition […]

Fantasy Art – A Discussion on its Evolution

london art courses in battersea

Our scholar Benj Randell gave a wonderful and insightful talk on Fantasy Art. To summarise my talk: Fantasy art has evolved throughout history to take so many different paths that it would be a travesty to try and sum it up in one particular style of painting. Fantasy art influenced by literature including religious and […]

Winnie-the-Pooh Exploring a Classic

pencil drawing

Just before Christmas I met up with a dear friend to take my girls on an adventure of sorts. We chose to go the V&A to see The Winnie the Pooh exhibition. I think I was a little more excited than they were and I was not disappointed, it is a wonder! You might feel […]

Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

The Encounter Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt “Do you not see that among the beauties of mankind it is a very beautiful face that arrests passers-by and not their adornments.” Leonardo da Vinci Today I went to see a wonderful exhibition of drawings at the National Portrait Gallery. Its premise was so simple and yet […]

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