To spark some interesting conversations and impress your friends with your art knowledge at your next dinner party, here are five fun art facts:
1. Pablo Picasso produced an estimated 50,000 artworks throughout his career, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and more.
2. Vincent van Gogh only sold one artwork during his lifetime, "The Red Vineyard," which was purchased by a Belgian collector for 400 francs.
3. The world's smallest sculpture is a tiny insect carved from a speck of gold by artist Willard Wigan. It measures approximately 0.005 mm and can only be viewed through a microscope.
4. The Sistine Chapel, in Vatican City, took Michelangelo four years to complete.
5. Piero Manzoni created a series of artworks called "Artist's Shit" in 1961. The pieces consisted of 90 tin cans filled with his own poo. Each can was labeled with the inscription "Artist's Shit" and purportedly contained 30 grams of feces.
Ok, maybe don't talk about that one at dinner.
As an artist, I'm constantly drawn to the mesmerising beauty of water ripples. There's something magical about the intricate patterns and shapes that water creates, and I've made this a focus in my recent work.
Water ripples are the perfect subject for an artist, offering an endless array of shapes and forms to explore. With each body of water having its own unique characteristics, such as the size and shape of the water, the intensity and direction of the wind, and the presence of any objects in the water, water ripples can take on a countless number of forms.
In still water, the ripples often appear as elegant concentric circles that radiate outwards from a central point. These circles can become distorted or elongated if there's a rock or other object creating a disturbance in the water. In rough water, such as in the ocean, the ripples can become more unpredictable, forming wild peaks and troughs that crash against each other.
The interplay of light and water ripples creates stunning visual effects. As the ripples move, they reflect and refract light, creating a dynamic dance of colours and textures. Depending on the angle of the light source and the viewer, the ripples can appear to shimmer, sparkle, or even glow.
As an artist, capturing the unique patterns and shapes of water ripples can be both challenging and rewarding. I'm happy to share my latest work but I'm far from done exploring this subject. So stay tuned for more pieces to come!
Jennifer is a contemporary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Know for her highly decorative paintings and unique paper weavings, she explores pattern and visual perception, often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.