#FridayPainting: Joos van Cleve (1485 -1541) “Queen Eleanor of France”

Joos van Cleve (1485 -1541) was celebrated for his traditional techniques of Early Netherlandish painting which was influenced by more contemporary Renaissance painting styles. He was a leading painter active in Antwerp. Very little is known about his personal life other than he was married twice, and had two children by his first marriage –Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Joos van Cleve (1485 -1541) “Queen Eleanor of France””

We do not know when we started…

We do not know when we started, we will not know when we will end By Christopher Lacroix Pablo Picasso once said that “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” That was the thought that crossed my mind when I first came across the latest Skytrain public art installation at the BroadwayContinue reading “We do not know when we started…”

The Galleria dell’Accademia & The Statue of David

Today, in 1584, Michelangelo‘s Statue of David was unveiled in Florence. Florence 2004, the Budd family travelled to Italy. The timing was serendipitous. The Statue of David restoration had just been completed and we were able to gain access to the gallery. I was not expecting the emotional response I had when I saw DavidContinue reading “The Galleria dell’Accademia & The Statue of David”

Winter with Hendrick Avercamp

March holds the honour of transitioning Winter to Spring.  It is a huge undertaking because Winter lingers while Spring comes out of a deep sleep. Perhaps that is why we experience the ever-changing weather patterns of March, which appear to be in a tug-of-war, with wind and rain one day, and sunshine the next. IContinue reading “Winter with Hendrick Avercamp”

Winter in Russia with Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov

Константин Иванович Горбатов, Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov  May 17, 1876 – May 24, 1945 was a Russian post-impressionist painter.  He was born in Stavropol in the Samara province, but he moved many times in his life as can be seen by his winter scenes. Gorbatov did not envision himself as a painter. When he was aroundContinue reading “Winter in Russia with Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov”

Lacuna, 2018

Lacuna 2018 by Birthe Piontek, has moved on and yet remains in my memory and in my photo files under Public Art that I have experienced. Over the past months, every time I walked by the Skytrain station at the corner of Broadway and Cambie, I slowed down to see the detail in the photographyContinue reading “Lacuna, 2018”