Snow Storm: Hannibal and his army crossing the Alps, JMW Turner (1812) While the great 17th Dutch painters had been engrossed in the simple depiction of a locality, known as naturalism, it was in Scandanavia (notably in Copenhagen) and Germany that attempts were first made to infuse landscape painting with a sense of the spiritual. Interestingly, the movement took root around the same time as the invention of photography.
Ran Ortner - Storm No.1 (2009). Oil on canvas, 90" x 384". "In my art, I contemplate the collision of opposites, from tender brutalities to the devastating sensitivities. Every day I enter my studio, prepare my materials and, as James Joyce said, “go for the millionth time to encounter the reality of the experience.”I attempt through painting to sustain my encounter with life’s biting reality.'
Original painting by Canadian artist, Janet Moore. Acrylic on 1 1/2" wrapped canvas that is painted around the edges. Size: 36"x36" I live in Nova Scotia, close to the ocean where the rugged coastal beauty captures me. This painting is of a beach where I often go to for an evening stroll. The misty rain at dusk on this particular evening created a mystical feeling with the water so strangely calm, yet I knew a serious storm was brewing somewhere out there, over the great Atlantic ocean.
Rembrandt - The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633. This is a truly magnificent painting. One wonders if Rembrandt ever sailed in a storm that he could capture the force and power of the event so well. Famous for his use of light, Rembrandt places the light source, not where Jesus is, but from some unseen place offstage; seemingly the same place the storm is coming from. Some of the disciples are looking at this light, others are trying to stabilise the boat, whilst others wake Jesus. "Be…