Five Painters

You’ve got five painters in the same room, painting the same object. If all five of them employ the same style (or manner) when painting that object, almost always at least four of them are doing something wrong.

At least two of them would much rather paint something else, and of those two at least one would use the same style and technique as before.

Also, at least one of them would like to paint the same object, but in a different style.

What I’m trying to say is that there are only two requirements when making art: one is to be passionate about your subject matter, and the other one is to do it exactly how you feel like it. Continue reading Five Painters

Queen Portrait Vandalized

queenA portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was vandalized with spray paint Thursday at Westminster Abbey by a 41 year old man, who was a member of Fathers 4 Justice, a protest group that campaigns on behalf of fathers denied access to their children.

The man wrote “Help” on the 9-foot by 11-foot portrait of the British monarch.

[via Huffington Post]

Woman finds $1 mil painting in attic

Jane Cordery, an art teacher in Hampshire, was cleaning up the attic when she discovered the portrait of a white owl. Intrigued by the painting’s intricate brushwork, she emailed Christie’s auction house. Experts determined that the painting, titled The White Owl, was created by pre-Raphaelite artist William James Webbe, and they valued the work at over $100,000.

The painting sold last week in a Christie’s auction for $951,050, far more than the initial estimate.

The woman who “restored” that Jesus portrait is selling art on eBay

Cecilia Gímenez, the octogenarian painter who botched the restoration of a 19th century fresco depicting Jesus Christ, is selling one of her paintings on eBay.

The piece, titled Las Bodegas de Borja, began the bid at 300 euros. With three more days to go, the bid has gone up to 835 euros. You can find the painting here.