Monday, 25 April 2011

Ophelia by Mallais

This is one of my favourite paintings, combining several loves of mine, Shakespeare, nature and the Pre-Raphalites. Shakespeare was a frequent source of inspiration for Victorian painters, and Mallais illustration of Ophelia's tragic death in Hamlet, is one of the best known Pre-Raphelite works. What captures me about this image is the colour plallet employed. Soft pastel colours are juxtaposed with deep shadow and the dark murky water, creating a mood of great sadness and truth. It opitomises the Pre-Raphelite notion that respectable divine art could only be achieved if the artist focused upon the truth and what was real in the natural world.


Friday, 22 April 2011

The tears of April

Summer tree

Autumn tree

He sent a bunch of flowers

and they became my april showers


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Ode to a girl

These are from the photoshoot I've done for my new project. In the style of Wendy Bevan. Naturally.