Lady Butler – Scotland Forever-Battle of Waterloo

The work above is called “Scotland Forever” and it was painted by Lady Elizabeth Butler in the year 1881.
Lady  Elizabeth Thompson Butler (3 November 1846 – 2 October 1933) was a rock star painter of English military events.
To get a good look at the detail of this work check in here and for more information about the
artist who was a master of capturing the mood of conflict, camaraderie and patriotism
jump here.

This painting is recreated in the 1970 movie Waterloo

This is a link to the scene recreating the painting from the 1970 movie “Waterloo”
The Battle of Waterloo saw the end of decades of warfare and unrest in continental Europe, beginning with the French Revolutionary wars in 1792 and continuing with the Napoleonic Wars from 1803. .The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. Every generation in Europe, up to the outbreak of the First World War, looked back at Waterloo as the turning point that dictated the course of subsequent world history. In retrospect, it was seen as the event that ushered in an era characterized by relative peace, material prosperity and technological progress.

And just for fun





M.C Esher master of the impossible shape

Cornelis Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher
Born June 17, 1898 Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died 1970 in a retirement home for artists

Escher created 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. His work portrays mathematical relationships among shapes, figures and space and many of his drawings are composed around interlocking figures (tessellations) and impossible objects. Escher used vivid contrasts of black and white to enhance different dimensions and integrated into his works were mirror images of cones, spheres, cubes, rings and spirals.

escher stairwell



Impossible objects
An impossible object (also known as an impossible figure or an undecidable figure) is a type of optical illusion. It consists of a two-dimensional figure which is instantly and subconsciously interpreted by the visual system as representing a projection of a three-dimensional object.
In most cases the impossibility becomes apparent after viewing the figure for a few seconds. However, the initial impression of a 3D object remains even after it has been contradicted. There are also more subtle examples of impossible objects where the impossibility does not become apparent spontaneously and it is necessary to consciously examine the geometry of the implied object to determine that it is impossible.

The unsettling nature of impossible objects occurs because of our natural desire to interpret 2D drawings as 3D objects. This is why a drawing of a Necker cube would be most likely seen as a cube, rather than “two squares connected with diagonal lines.
Impossible objects are of interest to psychologists, mathematicians and artists without falling entirely into any one discipline.

The Inspirational Natalia Goncharova

Natalia Goncharova by M

Born June 4 1881 Russia– October 17 1962 France
Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer
She worked through Cubism, Modern art, Der Blaue Reiter, Moscow Futurists

She was prolific, experimental and controversial and well worth reading about.

In 1910, Goncharova was put on trial for pornography for some nude life studies in one of her exhibitions, but was acquitted.
Founding member of the Jack or Diamonds, Donkeys Tail and the Rayonists

Goncharova was hit by arthritis in her hands, leaving her to paint by tying paint brushes to her wrists.

Natalia Goncharova Picking Apples
On June 18, 2007, Goncharova’s 1909 painting Picking Apples was auctioned at Christie’s for $9.8 million, setting a record for any female artist. She achieved the distinction again the following year, when “The Flowers” (1912) sold for $10.8 million.



Artist Jacqueline Fahey responds to the life and art of Russian avant-guarde painter Natalia Goncharova


Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening by Salvador Dali







Salvidor Dali 1904 -1989

It’s Savador Dali’s birthday.
This guy had a serious imagination and he wasn’t afraid
to put it out there.
He also had an amazing technical skill.

I was going to spend my spare time today checking out his
paintings, but now I might spend the next 3 weeks
researching the validity of these 10 bizarre facts about him, including…

“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
So where did he get his inspiration if not from drugs? Well, Dali had some tricks for making himself more creative. One involved a tin plate and spoon. Dali would sit in a chair holding the spoon above the plate and doze off. As he fell asleep, the spoon would drop onto the plate, making a noise loud enough to wake the artist in time to jot down the surreal images he saw in his dreams.

Other times, Dali would stand on his head until he almost passed out, allowing him to become semi-lucid. Dali’s most famous technique was called the “Paranoiac-Critical Method.” This involved trying to create a self-induced paranoid state, allowing him to draw irrational relationships between unconnected objects and to depict the landscape of his own subconscious mind.

Also he had a thing about bread






Interesting Art Links

Need to go down a rabbit hole of art stuff?

This is one of my  favorite  paintings ever,
and recently I was sent this link to
New Zealand On Screen –  Profiles – Philp Clairmont

philip clairmont the scared couch

Philip Clairmont the scarred couch

zina nicole lahr
Zina Nicole Lahr –  Creative compulsive disorder
Zandra Rhodes how to use a sketch book

Art Books
Art Movies

Art of Noise Colour Explosions
What music looks like in paint…

Getty Publications Free Virtual art books
I need a long long afternoon to browse this lot…

Art and Music collide in 70 Million by Hold Your Horses
This clip never fails to make me smile

Inspiring Movies for Artists, Designers and Art lovers

I found a link so you can watch Art and Copy online

This is an amazing Pinterest  art collection.
Belonging to NZ  visual art student Marisa Vodanovich. I love it.

Mr Turner

We have been looking forward to seeing Mr Turner  for months, so imagine our surprise
when it was released and we could only find it at two theaters in Auckland.
J. M. W. Turner artist and  master of light and colour,
the link below is a great write up of his life and the why of his art by
Meryle Secrest  JMW Turner Snow Storm on View
I think she gives a great overview his motivations.

JMW Turner Snow Storm - Steam Boat off a Harbours Mouth 1842






Turner had himself tied to the mast of the boat during a storm so he could
experience  it first hand.

If you want to see a well made, excellently acted, fantastically detailed and beautifully
shot film about a seemingly obtuse man who painted miracles – Mr Turner is for you.

There is a  detailed Turner biography here