It’s been very windy and it rained a lot in the last week, which meant that I couldn’t work in the garden (and there’s still a lot to be done… to be honest I’m beginning to panic – the first frosts must be round the corner and my tulip bulbs are still in their pretty bags…). Cold weather and darker evenings gave me an opportunity to be lazy. I’m ashamed to admit, but I’ve been wasting a lot of my time on the Internet…
It was something like chain browsing – one image on Pinterest would lead to another and then another… and then one more. I’ve added a lot of new ideas to my collections and to try lists, that might stay in the form of just lists forever, and I also found THIS:
What do you think to this painting? I’m in absolute awe!
Ethel Sands (1873 -1962) is my new favourite artist. Simple subjects – one could say ordinary interiors, are turned into really warm paintings. Colours applied on canvas in some magic way capture mood, texture and light. It looks as if just a few quick and careless brush strokes are turned into real masterpieces.
Of course I’m jealous, of course I’d love to be able to paint like that… but I also realize that this would involve lots of hours spent painting and none chain browsing (have I coined a new term?).
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Ethel Sands was an American-born artist and hostess who lived in England from her early childhood (in 1916 she was made a citizen of England). She studied art in Paris for several years under Eugène Carrière, and it was there that she met Anna Hope Hudson (Nan), her life partner. Her works were influenced by the artist Edouard Vuillard and Walter Sickert, and were generally of still lifes and interior scenes, many of which are of Château d’Auppegard that she shared with Hudson in France. Her works are in the collections of museums, the National Portrait Gallery, London and public collections. (More can be found here, on Wikipedia.)