I am truly fascinated of the natural talent this young boy has. Ten-year-old Kieron Williamson's oil paintings have earned him over 1.5 million dollars so far, and now his pieces are expected to fetch 50,000 dollars each. The young artist from Holt, Norfolk, in Britain says he prefers to concentrate on his football, but is almost forced by his family to acquire private professional tuition for his craft. Kieron's parents are now going to home-school him so he is able to concentrate on his art. I guess if there is natural talent of this nature in the family, then certainly you may not have the choice to pursue your life the way you want to, particularly if you are only 10 years of age. Check out this video, of this amazing child, and his ability to come up with artwork which has an extraordinary value in the art circles.
I wanted to include a mention of John Williams Waterhouse. If you view some of my portrait art pieces in my gallery section on this website. You might see the influence this particular English artist has impacted on me with my artwork. Waterhouse and my other favourite Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, are probably the most inspirational artists that have influenced my art over the years. Of course, I have not been able to paint with the master like craftsmanship of these two greats, but certainly I have tried to portray my own character in my work, comparing with the elegance and beauty depicted in their work.
Painter of classical, historical, and literary subjects. John William Waterhouse was born in 1849 in Rome, where his father worked as a painter. He was referred to as "Nino" throughout his life. In the 1850s the family returned to England. His early works were of classical themes in the spirit of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton, and were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery. In the late 1870s and the 1880s, Waterhouse made several trips to Italy, where he painted genre scenes. He mainly painted women type of portraits, in beautiful scenery. Below are four of my favourite paintings of his, that I have looked upon with great envy of the years. Later on I will post some of the work of Rossetti, and give a direct description, of some of his work which I have emulated in my work, but specifically in my own style.
Hylas and the Nymphs by John Williams Waterhouse. Painted in 1896.
I have always loved the stillness of the water, and the faces and hair of the women, who all appear to be born of the same womb. And this fixation for giving the flesh tones an almost white ghost like appearance.
Juliet by John Williams Waterhouse. Painted in 1898.
The pastel type of pink and red of the wall, and part of her dress, is truly exquisite. Wonderful profile, and once again the long hair featuring, with the soft touch of her hands touching her necklace.
Destiny by John Williams Waterhouse. Painted in 1900.
The colour and texture of her dress, simply stunning. The whole painting depicting the perfect mood, with the ships and shoreline in the distance.
The Soul of the Rose Aka my Sweet by John Williams Waterhouse. Painted in 1908.
This would have to be one of my all time favourites, I have tried to emulate this theme in some of my artwork, but unfortunately have not captured this feel. The detail of her clothing, and the perspective of the wall with the flowers hanging from it, totally scintillating.
This is the last of the music series, of one of my favourite artists, Johannes Vermeer. The first one 'A view of Delft' is one of the rare outdoor scenes that he painted. Vermeer's art mainly consisted of indoor themes. Clearly it demonstrates the ability he possessed to paint architectural streetscapes, and still be able to focus on the music theme he had at the time. The musician with the hat, in deep thought, and his musical instrument resting on the table, and leaning on the wall. I also particularly love the drape that is hanging from the ceiling on the second painting, with the woman playing the clavich. I think it incorporates wonderful fine detail, you can feel the drape almost moving in the air. I hope you appreciate the fine artwork of Vermeer, the same way I do.
A View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer
A Woman Playing a Clavich by Johannes Vermeer
Here is more art of Johannes Vermeer, as I promised I would post from earlier on. I have selected works from his music theme. They were all painted around the same period. I will include another couple of his music paintings, to conclude this series. I still find his art captivating. Also there seems to be an essence of great vibrant colour in his art, and beautiful shape of his characters. Most impressive, and enjoyable to observe.
The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer
The Concert by Johannes Vermeer
Young Woman Seated by the Piano by Johannes Vermeer