This artist knows how to paint satin as if it was real - I just want to reach into the painting and touch the fabric, it looks so soft and rich. However, a word of warning, many of his other paintings are quite sensual and not suitable for children. I haven't included any of those in this collection.
Artist: Thomas Kinkade 1958 - 2012 Painter of lights Thomas Kinkade died last week at the age of 54. I think everyone would recognise his artwork (he was a prolific painter with over 1000 works) as he art appears on so many things these days, from calendars to books, puzzles to biscuit tins to prints. Now, please don't shot me, but he isn't my most favourite artist because he work is all very similar. It is pretty, cosy and feminine and whilst I like pretty and feminine, I like it in moderation and unfortunately Kinkade did it in bucket loads. He certainly was a talented artist but I wish he had a little more variation in his works - it can be hard to distinguish one painting with another. Personally I prefer more boldness and movement in art and Kinkade is not a painter I would have on my walls for that very reason. But, art is personal, and what I don't like, others love . . . and that is fine. We all have different tastes, it is what makes the world go round. A key feat…
2012 is the National Year of the BOOK (Australia) and as I am a lover of books I thought it was important to do a Art Wednesday that celebrated BOOKS. So here is a selection of artworks that involve books or that most wonderful past-time . . . reading. I love books and have wasted many many hours of my life reading. I read when I should have been studying, I read when I should be sleep, I read when I should be working . . . there is nothing quite like reading and I couldn't imagine a life without books. I doubt I will ever have enough time in my life to read all the books I would love to read. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice"
This is the time of the year when people write up their New Years Resolutions. Usually these lists contain things that people would like to achieve or change this year eg loose weight, give up smoking, save money, exercise more etc.. Are you one of these people?
Well this year I have no list . . . nothing I want to achieve or change. Is this a bad thing? I think I will continue on just as I did 2 days ago when it was December 2010. I lay in bed at 1am on the 1/1/11 (after being rudely woken by illegal fireworks that gave me a headache) and I tried to think of what I could put on my New Years Resolution list . . . and nothing came to mind, nothing at all. A bit sad really - not really as New Years Resolutions are a bit silly.
The problem with New Years Resolution lists is that no one keeps them, so according to my logic, it is better not to have one in the first place.
After extensive research into the topic of New Years Resolutions (!), here is what is considered the top 1…
For me the kitchen is the heart of the home, a place that should be inviting, warm and cosy. It also should be the classroom for our children, a place where they learn to love food and develop their cooking skills which they will one day take away with them and pass on to their children. I am not one for expensive contemporary kitchens with shiny surfaces that look like a laboratory and appear never to used for fun. I want a kitchen that looks like a family uses it every day, a place that is a safe and pleasant sanctuary for all.
If you aren't happy with your kitchen you aren't likely to feel completely comfortable working in every day. Because we are in the kitchen every day of every year!! And according to Nigella Lawson "make it suit you, and not the universal customer. Make it an extension of your personality."
You don't need to bring in builders to create a warm cosy kitchen with personality. Having a kitchen rebuilt is expensive, I kno…
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. (Albert Camus) Tomorrow is the 1st of March - Autumn has arrived. I have even noticed that a few leaves have started to change colour, probably confused with our weird weather at present.
I love Autumn, it is my favourite season. However I think this Autumn will be a continuation of what we have had for the last three months, cool days and lots of rain.
"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile" William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
Of course, in the other half of the world, spring is arriving - enjoy.
L is for LIKE (want, desire, must have, can't live without, to die for)
I could write a long list of things I would like, but do I need them?
More clothes - a girl can never have enough can she?
A long luxurious world trip
A bigger house on a larger block
Shoes, why not, the latest seasons
A diamond ring
More money - don't we all want so more?
No, of course not . . . but that doesn't stop me from occasionally dreaming about that holiday to Paris or a bigger home.
My children always use to say "I really would like. . . "and my reply would be "is it a NEED or a WANT"? In most cases it was a WANT and therefore they could live without it, wait until a birthday or save up themselves. Children learn at a very young age to ask for things they "desperately" want and unless you nip in the bud early, it can become a big problem. We all know about pester power I am sure and thanks to TV it has only got worse.
Sadly many people buy the wants . . . th…