Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Edinburgh

Another weekend, another European capital! My early childhood was spent in Scotland & I've always wanted to return. Edinburgh is a gorgeous city with stunning architecture. Regrettably I didn't get time to draw the famous castle but I'll go back.





At the Modern Art Museum I was struck by the paintings of Anne Redpath. Terrific colours & almost naive forms. There was a pertinent quote from her about exaggerating architecture.



Along The Royal Mile.








We visited the National Gallery of Scotland to see 'Turner and Italy'. He was hugely influenced by Italian landscape & art, making four trips to the country in his lifetime, resulting in dozens of paintings & countless sketches. On one trip he filled 23 sketchbooks! Several were on view. They were packed with exquiste little studies of landscape & architecture.
You can browse Turner's sketchbooks in the Tate's online collection.


Finally some airport people & the ubiquitous bagpipe player.

11 comments:

Dam Ferreira said...

very good
I liked
Congratulations!!

ZEBE said...

héhéhéhéhéhé

'Diamond' Dave Merritt said...

Hey Matt. Great post as usual. Nice info on Anne Redpath. Looks like travel is good on the old sketchbook. Great work.

Sorrentino said...

I really like your line work!! Makes me want to get in my sketch book a lot more!!

Lynne Chapman said...

Wow - what a productive weekend you had! Great work.

And the Turner sketchbooks sound great. Thanks: off to look now...

Andrew Glazebrook said...

All neat stuff as per usual Matt !!!

jacks said...

love your drawings!

Tommaso Valsecchi said...

I love these atmospheres... great job!

Matt J said...

Thanks very much for the encouragement folks!

Beatriz said...

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Anja said...

hey!
i stumbled upon your blog while googling edinburgh and ended up checking out most of your archives. i especially love your city sketches and your houses look exactly the way i wish i could draw them myself:)
that's pretty much all i wanted to say...
cheers,
anja

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