I managed to spend some time in the National Gallery yesterday. I was completely blown away by the Canaletto room. His work is almost architectural in form, but the imagery exudes life and colour. The most intriguing aspect of Canaletto’s work for me is that it seems to have a fluidity, as though the paintings are not of one moment, but of a series of moments, played out as a slideshow on the canvas. I was certain the man stood on the embankment had his other arm raised a second ago? Are those clouds moving?
Did I spend too long staring? Maybe…
What is certain though, is that Canaletto is, and will continue to be, one of my favourite landscape artists.
I had the pleasure of spending time with a good friend and even better artist this afternoon, Joy Saunders. Her studio, one of many in the Model House in Llantrisant, is a must visit if you’re looking for fresh artisan products. Check out the shop on the ground floor, but take time to meet the artists and see them at work in their studios on the floors above.
Just booked my ticket to listen to A.C.Grayling
Books I’d like to read this year, in no particular order, and by no means complete…
- The Lives of the Artists by Vasari
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
- Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb
- Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
I have also updated my reading list for the year so far, see the Books section.