Today I have created a Christmassy Blog to get us all in the mood for Christmas!!!
Perhaps we will have a white Christmas this year! People are supposedly spending more money compared to last Christmas, so the news reporters are saying the recession is ending! Whether this is true or not we shall have to wait and see.
So, many artists have created festive art, old and new, and here are a few of my favourites:
Christmas Contemplation by Steven Binks
Steven Binks is best known for his pictures of rusty farming machinery such as tractors. As a boy, he lived on a farm with his parents in Suffolk and this is why he likes to paint images of tractors. The above picture is much different to the majority of his art, as he rarely paints people as the focal point of his picture. This lady seems to have got her white Christmas after all!
When I Saw Through His Disguise by Alexander Millar
Alexander Millar Paints Gadgies; That is to say, old people. However, they always seem to be having fun in his pictures, on their way to or from an interesting event. The aptly named title mentioned above refers to his santa hood coming off which makes you realise its the same old gadgie that Millar always paints dressed as Santa Claus. His real hat gives his “disguise” away!
Man Of Snow by Paul Horton
Paul Hortons snowman range (he has done more than one) have proved very popular with his fans, selling out very quickly. His other snowman pictures features the snowman much smaller in the pictures, so I chose to show you this one so you can see why the fans love him so. Horton’s snowman reminds me of the innocence of youth at Christmas time:)
Dont You Just Love This Time Of Year by John Wilson
John Wison is well known by his fans for his child-like drawn characters in the foreground, yet adult backgrounds with miniature copies of famous art works by artists such as Van Gogh on the walls of his chosen background. It is a very clever style, at first glance the picture could be dismissed as childish and naiive. However, look closer and you see those characters are in our world!!
Is That It? by Peter Smith
Peter Smith paints pictures of lovable creatures which he has named “Impossimals”. This one in particular is a little disappointed in the size of his Christmas present! Smith’s art is simple yet endearing, and this one is no different. Fans of Peter Smith should be aware that he is currently making some new pieces, and has told us on his blog that one of his new Impossimals will have teeth and claws!! So this will be something new and exciting to look foward to!!
Winter In The City by Henderson Cisz
I just had to add this one as we have had the snow and ice already and so I thought this picture was apt! Cisz is well known for his cityscapes and his ability to catch the hustle and bustle of a city on his pictures. This picture looks as it is in London at the moment, icy roads and people last minute shopping for their christmas gifts.
Thank You for reading everyone
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all
Steven Binks latest limited edition print â€˜Chasing The Pastâ€™ is very special indeed. Like many of his other vintage tractor & machinery art, this is yet another first! For the first time in Limited edition print format Steven has painted 3 unique combine harvesters together.
(above Steven painting ‘Chasing The Past’)
Steven sent us this photo some weeks ago & it shows him busy in the middle of painting â€˜Chasing The Past’ as you can see, at this stage only the lead combine harvester, the Massey Harris 21 is present.
Nearly forgot! The 3 combines featured are:
-Massey Harris 21
-Massey Ferguson 780 Special (Steven’s own combine, with him driving)
-Massey Ferguson 500 (The combine used in his “60′s Harvest – No.2″ Limited edition print)
These photos offer an unprecedented insight into the artist’s painting technique as he is clearly working closely with numerous photographs he has taken of the combines.
Steven Binks is a very unique talent indeed and he tells us that an â€˜averageâ€™ (although no Binks painting could be called average!) takes 1 week full time, the problem is an artist as popular as Steven is very busy with other projects, appearances and setting up his next paintings…
(Above is the original painting of ‘Chasing The Past’ near completion)
…Steven tells us he likes to arrange for a tractor or a combine to literally be in the field at work & if he can to drive it himself during the shoot! and take photos of the machine, in preparation for starting his painting back at the studio.
More to come soon
Steven Binks has been working hard as of late and has produced a number of new limited edition pieces featuring vintage Tractors.
His latest piece for October 2008 is the â€˜Doe-130â€™:
We have spoken to Steven and he gave us an insight into the Doe-130 tractor in the painting:
“The Fordson Major tractor [made by Ford] ceased production in 1964 and the Ford Pre-Force was introduced in 1965. Ernest Doe carried on with production using the direct replacement – the Ford 5000. These had more horsepower than the old Fordson, so the two new “5000″ bolted together gave 130 horse power – so more H.P. and a new tractor – hence a new name: “DOE 130″.
This was of course still the same concept – 2 tractors bolted together to create four wheel drive.”