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well, my blog is regularly getting 100 hits a day now, just to tell my regular followers!

So some of you must like my images and content at least…. thats good. Please keep letting me know by email or with your comments, if you want me to blog on any certain topics etc


Betteles in art?

Ive recently been finding out about an interesting Americal artist who uses them to help him paint on the canvas. And yes, they are … ALIVE!!!!

Kutcher controls the direction and movement of his arthropods — such as hissing cockroaches  darkling beetles and grasshoppers — by their response to external lighting. The result is controlled and random movements, created in a co-authorship between the artist — with predetermined ideas about colour, form, shape and creative flexibility — and his living brushes!?!

see here for some more details!

reptile’s are amazing. I particularily love the colours and details of their skin. Here are some photo’s below. Im not alone in finding the beauty in these, seeing as snake skin has been used in clothes/shoes for many centuries. Read here about snakes scales on wiki!

The last one actually is a photo of reptile skin as seen microscopically. You like it? Pretty cool stuff I say!






todays post is on one of my all time favourites, the Natural History Museum: in London. Actually my primary school was very close so I have happy memories of many visits as a child. Here are some images of the outside of it (the main entrance) and of the dinosaur in the main hall. In-cred-i-ble!

The building itself is a piece of art, and a real treasure trove of beauty and science.

The foundation of the collection was that of the Ulster doctor Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753), who allowed his significant collections to be purchased by the British Government at a price well below their market value at the time.

Work began on this building in Kensington in 1873 and was completed in 1880. The museum opened in 1881, although the move from the previous building was not fully completed until 1883.

Both the interiors and exteriors of the Waterhouse building make extensive use of terracotta tiles to resist the sooty climate of  Victorian era London. The tiles and bricks feature many relief sculptures of flora and fauna, with living and extinct species featured within the west and east wings respectively.

This explicit separation was at the request of Mr Richard Owen, appointed Superintendent of the natural history departments of the British Museum in 1856, and has been seen as a statement of his contemporary rebuttal of Darwin’s attempt to link present species with past through the theory of Natural Selection. Clever hey?

The central axis of the museum is aligned with the tower of The Imperial College, london  and the Royal Albert hall and the Albert memorial further north.



” Dippy ” — is a 105-foot (32 m) long replica Diplodocus carnegii skeleton, situated within the central hall. The cast was given as a gift by Andrew Carnegie the Scottish American industrialist, after a discussion with King Edwars VII, then a keen trustee of the British Museum. Carnegie arranged for the cast to be created at his own considerable expense of £2000, copying the original held at the Carnegie Museum.

The pieces were sent to London in 36 crates, and on the 12th May 1905, the exhibit was unveiled, to great public and media interest.

The dinosaur quickly became an iconic representation of the museum, and has featured in many cartoons and other media.


Today I have been reading an interesting blog which I feel should be mentioned here. Im learning more about blogs, and as I search the web for interesting things, I want to keep you abreast of them.

Tyler Green edits and writes Modern Art Notes, the most-read blog about visual art. He also writes regularly for numerous magazines.

In 2005 the Wall Street Journal called MAN ‘the most infuential of all visual arts blogs’. Two years later the WSJ said, “You won’t find a better-informed art writer than Tyler Green.” In 2008 the Washington Post named Green one of the capital’s “young and influential” arts figures.

Now, I would love to be able to produce a blog like this, but its not really my aim- I am not a professional art critic- in fact I just want to blog a little to inspire more people to practice art/photography, to realise there are some cross over areas in all fields (eg my parallel interests in animals and art), and ideally promote my portrait painting business in a way where I can be educational/entertaining, without being too commercial. I hate lots of art critics although I love art, and I know lots of other people feel like this and get put off by some art critics rather false, wordy, analysis of art.

I like the MAN blog because its fairly simple to read/navigate, and is daily updated. What do you think?

However, this MAN blog is quite enlightening so have a look at it if you get a chance.

To give you a brief biography, Green attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism. Green regularly lectures about art, including at George Washington University, Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at Artissima, in Turin, Italy. Green was the art critic for Bloomberg News from September, 2004 until September, 2005, and the Washington-based critic for Artnet Magazine from March, 2003, through August, 2004.

So, today for example, on the MAN blog they are discussing Yukinori Yanagi’s USA & USSR artwork.

This artist is a guy who uses ants (ok somehow unintentionally  I have found myself back at the art/animals area, involving ants, although that wasn’t deliberate I assure you) to move around coloured bits of sand, so disturbing the original sand pattern and creating a new ‘art’ form.  Crazy stuff eh, if you have not heard of him before…

Paintings come in many forms, today I want you to have a look at this traditional oil painting. Tell me your thoughts! Do you like it? I do.

Landscape and Cattle, ca. 1823 by R.R. Reinagle, R.A. 1775 - 1862

Landscape and Cattle, ca. 1823 by R.R. Reinagle, R.A. 1775 - 1862

A great oil painting by Reinagle, which you can see in the RA in London, probably my most favourite gallery in the world!!

So, it shows some great British scenery, an idyliic rural scene.

Reinagle trained under his father Philip Reinagle RA, and also travelled extensively in Holland and Italy where he studied the masters of the Dutch and Italian Schools. On his return to London he became friendly with John Constable although the rivalry between the two landscape painters possibly contributed to a later souring of their relationship.

Reinagle showed this painting to Constable before it was presented to the Royal Academy but Constable commented that ‘It is such art as I cannot talk about -heartless – vapid – and without interest’.  What a cutting review!!

Constable’s opinion was perhaps somewhat embittered by the fact that he himself was not elected to the Academy for another six years. Reinagle’s picture is skillfully composed and, although influenced by Dutch masters such as Ruisdael, is clearly inspired by the landscapes of Gainsborough as well.