Colours and Movement by Matisse

Bold yellows. Reds. Mesmerizing blues and greens. And movement, a lot of movement. This is how I see Henri Matisse’s work. The joy and good vibes that I get by his paintings and collages contrast with his fragile health. Who knows if it wasn’t some sort of catharsis which lead him to create such a…

‘Peter and the Wolf’ by Prokofiev

In many TV series, films and cartoons it is common to link specific tunes to certain characters and other times, to specific situations so that they seem to be more cheerful or more dramatic. Most of the time it is so normal that we don’t even notice it. I remember quite vividly the first time…

Inside a painting – Vincent Van Gogh

I love art that provokes emotions, art that makes me feel something. Paintings by the Dutch painter Van Gogh make me want to touch them, because the textures he created seem so real. Even though he has suffered from melancholia and depression, he manages to have sunshine in his paintings. There is always a golden…

Wearing leaves – a crochet adventure

Everything that I have learnt about crochet I have learnt on my own, watching tutorials on Youtube, blogs and books. And the love for crochet has also been something that has been growing slowly in me. When I was a child, I used to watch my grandmother ‘growing’ in her hands quilts and towels with…

Painting with yarn – interview with Rachael from UsedThreads

Have you ever tried to embroider or always thought of trying it? Well, I love this art form and I have embroidered and still do, but nothing like the work that 28 year old Rachael from South Shields, UK. She literally seems to be painting with yarn. She embroiders beautiful flowers and landscapes and she…

Nick Butterworth and his ‘Snowy Night’

It was by mere chance that I came to know about Nick Butterworth and his books. I was in London on holidays, during Christmas time and the New Year about 15 years ago, and I decided to take my eldest daughter to Harrods to see Santa Claus. This experience did not go that well, not…

The art of talking

Today´s post is about a different type of art: the art of talking. I can’t imagine myself being incommunicable, without internet or mobile phone but I miss the type of communication of the old days. Of people having time for each other. Of looking into each other’s eyes and not shielding themselves on a mobile…