As soon as you walk into this monumental building, the light strikes you with all its power and colour. In the afternoon, the sun is shining through stained glass in yellow, orange and red shades and casts patterns of bright colour on the tall, tree-like columns. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – the power of light”
The stillness is complete. Magestic icebergs float unmoving on still, reflecting water. In the distance, they slowly fade into the mist and clouds. The scene is motionless except for the soft wavering of clouds. The whole drawing conveys a feeling of quiet serenity and leads us into a moment of contemplation. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – the disappearing ice”
Autumn is the time when the warmth dissipates and rains and winds sweep away the last traces of summer. Plants wither and trees start losing their leaves. Before they cast them off, though, they break out into a joyful array of bright colours. Their leaves take on all shades of yellow, orange and red – warm colours reminiscent of the lost warmth of summer. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – the colours of autumn”
How often do we rush over the marketplace, entirely focused on the shopping we need to do? If we notice the glowing colours at all, it is not for the beauty of the fruit and vegetables in itself but only to determine whether to buy them. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – a moment while shopping”
A housing block, grey and worn, windows illuminated in the waning light of the evening. There are so many of these in a city – would you even take a second look at it?
Lars Lerin does, and more so, he dedicates several square metres of thick watercolour paper to it. The Swedish painter takes us on our hands and leads us up close to the house front, inviting us to look into every window. And suddenly you realise – this dull building is full of life! Continue reading “APPRECIATE – everyday urban life”
Peder Mönsted is a great example of how art teaches us to appreciate our everyday surroundings. His calm, peaceful forest scenes are bursting with intricate details, dedicating equal attention to every leaf and twig. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – weeds in the forest”