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Degas and the Ballet - Picturing Movement

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"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people."  These words from the "painter of dancers" Edgar Degas (18 July 1834-27 September 1917) speak volumes about the allure and beauty of his paintings.  At the beginning of his journey Degas was impressed by the art of the French and Italian masters and when he visited Rome in 1857 he filled 28 sketchbooks from the art he saw around him.  By 1860 he had copied no fewer than 700 Renaissance and Classical works.  Degas said: "It is essential to do the same subject over again, ten times, a hundred times. Nothing in art must seen to be chance, not even movement."  Degas’s developed a fascination with dance and this turned into a lifelong obsession. He will always be remembered first and foremost as the painter of dancers - in the same way that Monet is for water lilies.   From the 1870s, De

What Inspires You?

Dear Readers, I'm sorry I've been rather slow in updating this blog recently due to overload of work.  So here's a link that should give you a quick fix of creativity and inspiration .

Royal Sleep

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The amazing view above a Royal bed at Hampton Court Palace.

Sleek Bathing

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A sleek, spacious bathroom, simple yet elegant. Plenty of storage as well as light....

Perfect Placement

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Careful thought to placement, colour and styling combine here to make a room which oozes character.  The smooth black is a perfect background for the art wall which is put together with art work which varies greatly in size, colour and style yet looks both unified and interesting.

Open Plan Chocolate

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The chocolate coloured walls, mixture of classic and contemporary pieces and a clever use of space make this open plan apartment practical, luxurious and stylish.