This is the time when we would be looking forward to our summer holiday, but times have changed and our holidays may not be happening this year so I wanted to share one of the talented artists I work with at Quite Great, whose paintings really do evoke feelings of those vacation pleasures.
‘Cinque Terre’ paintings by Brian Parker, the visual artist, explore the picturesque Italian fishing villages. This beautiful National Park in Northern Italy consists of five beautiful, brightly coloured cliff top villages. Vernazza is generally thought of as the most beautiful and artist Parker has tried to capture this in the colours and patterns seen in this painting. The vivid turquoise, pinks, blues and oranges, bathed in the Mediterranean sunshine create a beautiful vision of colour and light, so how could he resist wanting to capture this scene?
Manarola’s cliff top houses again obviously appealed to the artist’s love of colour and line, the perfect village buildings nestled between the bright blue sea and the vivid green hill tops – this is summer in colour and light. Parker’s goal as a painter is to create beautiful images which produce feelings of satisfaction and pleasure and I believe these landscapes do just this. These images are a return to his obsession with architectural subjects and through careful simplification and use of powerful, flat colour he brings out the patterns and the beauty inherent in everything he looks at.
We may not be able to visit these idyllic locations this year but through the wonder of the artistic vision we can still enjoy the beauty in the world. Let’s try and banish those holiday blues and instead dive into the world of art where artists visions and talents can take us all over the world, if just for a moment whilst at home with a cup of tea – it could open up a whole new world for you!