The great British weather. Totally unpredictable and a topic of conversation that never gets boring!
One thing you can be sure of though, is the seasons. As we now hit Autumn, the nights start drawing in and the onesies or the cosy clothes start to make an appearance. Besides that, it’s also a great time for artists, and in today's blog we're looking at some of the best art for this season.
From an artistic perspective, Autumn is the complete package as the light becomes softer and more dramatic and the leaves change, transforming the landscape into a riot of colour.
This gives the artist so much scope to create works that are very different in light, shape and colour, even though they may be capturing the same view. It’s also why we have over 700 paintings on our site on this season alone.
Autumn is also great from an interiors point of view. The range of tones this season provides means autumnal art is able to work with a range of schemes and styles. It can provide a splash of colour to a minimalist or modernist interior, as well as help define a style like Mid-Century or Vintage.
Despite the fact that Autumn can be quite chilly, the colours of this season are really warm and vibrant with rich reds, yellows and orange tones. This means it can add warmth to a cold or dark space that may not get much light.
It’s not only about colour at this time of year, as there a range of well-loved festivals and events in the run-up to Christmas, which provides loads of inspiration to create atmospheric and dramatic art.
Of course, Autumn wouldn’t be Autumn without Halloween. A great time to get spooked and go trick or treating, as well as a chance to have a lot of fun with art.
Paintings can really help create a haunting atmosphere, not to mention capture the imagination. Many classic horror films have used art to add to the feeling of fear in a scene … to great effect! Think about the spyhole scene in Psycho where Norman Bates stares through a hole in the picture Susannah and the Elders, which itself portrays a voyeuristic and ugly scene.
Halloween is a great time for artists to get really carried away and let their imagination run riot. A good painting can also be the stuff of great memories, especially if it’s quite a haunting image.
Why not create more of an atmosphere by hosting a Halloween party and make up stories around an image to get all spooky with children, grandchildren or even friends?
Probably the noisiest time of the year, Bonfire night really marks the start of the cold weather. It’s also a time of amazing colour when all around can feel and look a little grey.
For artists, fireworks are great for capturing noise and colour in a painting. Its chaotic nature is a great way to show movement and energy, as well as a chance for an artist to do more abstract work.
The other good thing about fireworks paintings is that, unlike Halloween, it’s not specific to one season as it’s also used for celebrations or to mark change. As a result, art on this theme can stay on the wall all year round.
Gill Bustamante creates atmospheric scenes that are mainly set in forests and really capture the essence of the seasons. Amazingly, most of her work is painted from memory.
Oleg Riabchuk paints highly realistic scenes of countryside at various points throughout the year. He comes from a family of artists and has also exhibited in museums, so if you’re looking to buy art as an investment, he may be an artist to watch.
Finally, Louise Gillard paints scenes from parks and open spaces around South London. Her use of light and brush work gives them a vintage feel. And, the fact that her scenes don’t usually include people, also means they’re great paintings to capture the imagination.