Kenton Nelson, American painter

Kenton Nelson (b. 1954) is an American painter. Also a muralist, a watercolorist, a mosaics maker (look at this splendid bag/coat/hands).

You’ll find plenty of other paintings and watercolors on the web.

I’m intrigued because I feel like multiple quiet conflicts in his work : nostalgia, precision, maybe, from his characters, a little hidden desire to live, to pull themselves out of this… clean quietness (am I imagining that?). But it’s never weird, it’s more like a… will to breathe another air. It’s very subtle!

Have a nice day!


Van Gogh, Hopper : Unknown paintings

I wrote about this already :

The Ravel’s Bolero Syndrome : when you know someone from ONE thing only

You know Ravel’s Bolero but you don’t know Ma Mère l’Oye, or even the splendid piano concertos, right?

I would like to extend it this way.

Think about Hopper, the painter, and you see these, right? :

Think about Van Gogh, and you see :

All this, it’s worn out. Boring. “Yeah yeah yeah”.

But they painted MANY other great things. It’s really cool to explore this, because they are masters. You can also find other doors, like “Hopper inspired images” (in fashion, in photography).

Use Pinterest to find many great things. I let you explore if you want.

Hmmm, what pattern is it here? What does it say? “Hunt. Explore.”

Thanks for reading!



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“Sunshine and Silent Rooms” – Peter Ilsted, Danish painter

Peter Ilsted, Danish painter (1861-1933)

Albert Marquet, French painter

Albert Marquet (1875 – 1947) was a French painter. They call it (we need boxes, right?) “Fauvist” or “Post-Impressionist”.

Well, OK for “Post-Impressionist”. This guy is interesting, because he knows light and color so well that he can plunge the viewer into a place’s mood with so little brush strokes…

Each painting, I’m like “Awwweeee”. And look at his cute face, with his small glasses and the impossible moustache. I want to be a woman in dress, in 1900, able to see these hidden eyes, and falling in love with this little man. Take off your hat, will you?


Have a nice day! Come to France!


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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, a painter who liked the Roman Empire (and togas)

Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was a Dutch painter. It’s a guilty pleasure, right?

Wiki : “A classical-subject painter, famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky”.

It’s too much, OK. It’s classicism. And it’s fascinating, right? So much work… I love him!!!

It’s exactly the contrary of adventure. Precise, gorgeous, well done. And marble! Imagining stories about this people. This first woman, awaiting (who, a lover, a father?). This last woman, the readhead : what does she do?

Have fun!

Thanks for reading!


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The “Brushstroke Pattern” & Progress in Arts : Offering Awareness

As soon as you choose a domain in History : the art of war, a country, Swedish movies or the way people built boats, you learn many things, one of them being “the progress”. Then you take your magnifier…

In Art History, you can study colors or perspective or the way artists paint clouds, but you have always in mind this pattern : each important artist pushes a lever, “the progress” it is. “What’s new here?” is the main thing.

Today I watch the brushstrokes. Painters use paintbrushes, and, man, there was a moment when one should not show the brushstrokes…

Ingres, in the XIXth Century, was like the “guardian of academic orthodoxy” against the crazy romantics. Classicism, it’s the word, and it was gorgeous :


Shadings, it’s the word. The art of painting as the art of “not showing it’s painted”.

Then came the romantics and the realists and then the impressionists and this strange modern idea against “classicism” : showing to the audience it’s painted.

This is a portrait made by Manet :


This painter knew precisely how to paint beautiful perfect things, skin and eyes and flowers and fabrics. He learnt it for years! But all along his career he became to do this : showing it’s made, it’s a painting!

Yes it leads to Van Gogh :


Or Marquet :


Hmmm : as the photography had appeared to “capture” reality, painters began to quit this path to explore other ways. It’s Art saying it’s Art. It captured something else, a mood, a moment, an atmosphere…

Further? Auerbach?


I let to decide where you can go on this road. Franz Kline?


Maybe Nicolas de Stael?


Painting with a knife…

Hey! It’s only a few rectangles of painting, right? So… How do you know it’s a village, with trees and houses? This village was painted in 1954 and is called Menerbes.

I love this little pattern, which is :

“I show you something and I don’t cheat : I make you aware it’s made”

Like in the movies, when a character talks to the audience, breaking the Fourth Wall ( ). Like in a novel, when a character knows he’s a character or talks to the reader. Like when a teacher asks them little students about teaching and ways to do it in acts…

Offering Awareness

It’s a tool and a good one :

  • You address your audience as smart people.
  • You also invite them to think, instead of being hypnotized.
  • You make them smile… right?

In your field (marketing? blogging? poetry?), how could you do that? Why? Could it go wrong, or too far? How?