Art · Philosophies

How can you be a better Dreamer?

As a creative person do you often find reality & ideals are at odds with each other? People often say you need to be realistic, but could focusing too much on being practical limit your creativity and your dreams? I discovered this week that I’d inherited a really crappy outlook on life that I didn’t realize I was carrying around.… Continue reading How can you be a better Dreamer?

Art · Uncategorized

Practising Life Painting in Oils (Step by Step) #2

Continuing on from my previous post, here’s how my oil painting inspired by Luis Ricardo Falero’s witch paintings is progressing. I decided to add some swirling clouds to the background. I probably should have sketched these in before I blocked in the background, but I didn’t think of it at the time, so never mind.… Continue reading Practising Life Painting in Oils (Step by Step) #2

Philosophies

When Ugliness is a Good Thing

Whether it’s a good-looking girl or boy, a colourful exotic bird, or an expertly arranged bouquet of flowers – we all love beauty. But shouldn’t ugliness be just as important? We love beautiful images that take us away from the irregularity of the everyday to a transcendent place of purity and symmetry. But I think sometimes beauty… Continue reading When Ugliness is a Good Thing

Books · Illustration

Vintage Children’s Book Illustration Never Gets Old to Me

Enjoy these gorgeous illustrations from the 1920s edition of Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm! I love beautifully illustrated books, especially from the Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration. So this edition from 1922 published by Braun & Schneider and illustrated by Hermann Vogel is right up my street. I found this edition… Continue reading Vintage Children’s Book Illustration Never Gets Old to Me