Visual art

Paul Klee

Happy new year!

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Arguably Klee’s most famous piece Senecio (1922, oil on canvas), currently housed in the Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland – another reason why I must visit Switzerland one day.

Painter, Paul Klee (1879-1940) was influenced by his friends (Kandinsky, Marc, Macke and others), as well as nature and his travels. I have never had much love for the afore-mentioned artists, although there are pieces of Kandinsky’s that I admire. There are many similarities between all four painters, but I only feel a great sense of spiritualism and wonder from Klee.

My personal favourites of Klee’s work are his fish pieces.

Fish Magic Paul Klee

Klee particularly admired children’s art, aiming for his own work to have a similarly unaffected feel. I’ve always wondered why this is not the case for more artists.

Many people look back in awe at how they saw the world as a child, yet not many strive to recreate that feeling for artistic purposes. I think that trying to present what’s in my imagination, immediately and without too much thought, is far more important than mastering a skill such as painting or etching.

Of course, many of my students would argue that such work is only created by those who have no skill and who therefore need to produce something ‘weird’ or ‘shocking’. But, there’s a big difference between art and craft in my opinion.

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The famous Twittering Machine, also 1922.

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Port Scene, currently housed in the Antheneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland.

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Rotes Haus (Red House), 1929, currently housed in MoMA, San Francisco.

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Klee also worked on unusual material from time to time. For example, this Boats in the Flood Waters (1937) was painted on wrapping paper stretched onto cardboard. This is currently housed in the Beyeler Foundation museum in Riehen, Switzerland.

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This is another of my favourites, Diana (1931, oil on canvas).

 

 

10 Short Stories challenge – day 8

Today I read Blood + Brains by Jeffrey BurandtBlood + Brains is a short comic, a flash fiction comic I suppose. I don’t usually read comics or graphic novels – I appreciate them and I love to flick through them, but my mind wanders and I find it hard to focus on what’s going on. So, the discovery of this flash fiction comic was exciting! It’s beautifully drawn and the story is fun and silly.

I read Blood + Brains over on Jefwrites.com. Go and have a read and come back to tell me what you think in the comments!

From Jeffrey Burandt's Blood + Brains

From Jeffrey Burandt’s Blood + Brains

Burandt has a fairly new book on Amazon, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad.

Look at those doodles with their funny little stories

From time to time I create a doodle and write a funny little story to go with it. Some of them are silly, some are sad and some make no sense at all.

The ghost is happy, not worrying about anything - it tries to help the living but does not worry about the outcome - it is only a soul and a spirit. A person screams at the sight of the ghost and self-medicates. 2014

The ghost is happy, not worrying about anything – it tries to help the living but does not worry about the outcome – it is only a soul and a spirit. A person screams at the sight of the ghost and self-medicates. 2014

Two women sit on the roof of a house. One has wings and a postage stamp on her mouth. The other has a telephone wire for hair.

Two women sit on the roof of a house. One has wings and a postage stamp on her mouth. The other has a telephone wire for hair.

Happy. Inner power. Spiritual calm. 2013

Happy. Inner power. Spiritual calm. 2013

A prisoner is called to the prison by the flute bars, he explodes into a luke-warm flesh liquid, allowing others to escape and take a boat to a sea full of life - this happy place is only in someone's imagination and even there, bones lie at the bottom of the sea. 2014

A prisoner is called to the prison by the flute bars, he explodes into a luke-warm flesh liquid, allowing others to escape and take a boat to a sea full of life – this happy place is only in someone’s imagination and even there, bones lie at the bottom of the sea. 2014

Photography: Plants growing in odd places

Found on GardenCollage.com

Flowers growing in a typewriter

Flowers growing in a typewriter

Moss growing from a car:

moss growing from a car

Found at TheDaintySquid.com

plants in toilets

Plants growing from toilets

Plants growing on stairs:

plants on stairs

From BoredPanda.com (ok, I know they’re not growing from the beards)

flowers in beards

Where will we find plants next?

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