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I'm having a #studio #sale of my #artworks. The list of available #art can be downloaded here:http://leoplaw.com/downloa...
28/01/2022

I'm having a #studio #sale of my #artworks. The list of available #art can be downloaded here:
http://leoplaw.com/download/Leo-Plaw-Pricelist-20220125.pdf

"A Ray of Sunshine Against Dark Days", 40 x 30cm oil on canvas. DM for inquiries.This one has been a while in the making...
19/01/2022

"A Ray of Sunshine Against Dark Days", 40 x 30cm oil on canvas. DM for inquiries.
This one has been a while in the making. A ray of sunshine when we need it.
If we select the seeds we sow, care for them, they will sprout grow and bloom.
#art #painting #oilplainting #artcollector #nature #flowers

Hygeia, was one of the five daughters of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and his wife Epione who represented the ca...
03/11/2021

Hygeia, was one of the five daughters of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and his wife Epione who represented the care needed for recovery. She is the goddess of cleanliness or hygiene, hence we derive that word from her name. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health.

Her siblings were Aceso, goddess of the healing process, Aegle, the goddess of good health, Iaso, goddess of recuperation from illness, and Panacea, the goddess of universal remedy.

Gustav Klimt painted a very famous image of her. This served as part of my inspiration for this painting.

In ancient times, she was included in the Hippocratic oath that physicians swore before the gods that they would follow a code of established ethical standards of practice.

Hygeia was typically depicted as a young woman feeding a snake, that was often depicted as drinking from the bowl (container) that she held. Her bowl with the snake is one of the typical symbols of pharmacy along with the Rod of Asclepius.

Hygiene cannot be equated with being sterile. Living under sterile conditions is antithetical to life. We ourselves, our own bodies are a host to an ecosystem of other organisms that we cannot live without. That said, these very same organisms can also cause us ill health if the overall state of the body (health) is not in balance.

Hygiene is about finding the correct balance cleanliness versus external influences for the optimal state of being.

"Hygeia", 30 x 50cm, oils on canvas

Prints available via my Red Bubble store:

https://www.redbubble.com/i/canvas-print/Hygeia-Goddess-of-preventative-good-health-by-leoplaw/93656290.5Y5V7

I had the idea for this painting a year ago. It is only now that I'm finally committing it paint. I did however work up ...
22/10/2021

I had the idea for this painting a year ago. It is only now that I'm finally committing it paint. I did however work up the digital reference for this some time back and even produced a drawing from it.

I'll share more information about this painting when it is completed. Watch this space...

I've been recently #teaching online. The current #exercises I've been working with my students on are value #studies. We...
02/08/2021

I've been recently #teaching online. The current #exercises I've been working with my students on are value #studies. We've done the typical still live studies, but last week I made it a bit more interesting and chose one of Rembrandt's #portraits.

These are only small quick little studies, with the aim being only to capture the essentials of the image, with an emphasis on the values while ignoring the details

Losing ourselves in the details is something that we all do as beginners. The details are the "false friends" that lead you astray. They are like eating your sweet desserts before your main course. Consume those first and you'll never get to the real substance that gives sustenance to your image.

"Rembrandt Study", Leo Plaw, 12 x 17cm, acrylic on card

#art #arte #artoftheday #painting #figurativeart #figurativepainting

How often do we in our modern lives make time to sit still? No, I'm not referring to looking at your mobile phone, or an...
26/07/2021

How often do we in our modern lives make time to sit still? No, I'm not referring to looking at your mobile phone, or any other screen.

I mean to sit still and just be with ourselves, taking in our thoughts and our environment. Too often today we are transported elsewhere via digital windows into other people's manufactured reality. We look to (social) media influencers to tell us what to think, rather than pondering what we ourselves might actually think and feel, thus formulating our own opinion.

It is all to easy to go with the flow, follow the herd and feel assured that "everyone" thinks the same. But at what cost?

No two people are the same in body or mind. What is good for one is not necessarily good for another, just ask people with food allergies. There is no one size fits all.

In this era of mass everything, mass production, mass media, mass movements, the individual is under threat. What is the mass, but many individuals. If the individual is lost in the mass, then the mass itself is lost. Those that are lost are then all too willing to follow the (mis)guidance of self-appointed saviours, as we have seen in this past century, most often to their detriment and any others not included within the chosen ones of the mass.

The ills of the world are first cured within ourselves and our immediate environment before looking elsewhere, otherwise everyone is busy with everybody else's business while never attending to their own. It is far easier to point out the wrongs elsewhere than to deal with the unpleasant work of your own.

This is why people escape to virtual realities and feel good vocal crusades. A good deal of mental energy and focus is expended, thus we can tell ourselves that we did something. Better still, show everybody else in that same virtual space, how pious we are and bath in the applause of affirmation. It papers over the cracks that lead to the chasm of reality, that in the end we have not attended to the garbage piles in our own lives.

If we attend to our own little corner of the world starting with ourselves, we have indeed then made a change in the world, because we each are a part of it.

"Stillness", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas

Even in times that seem hopeless and all seems dark, a shift in perspective might reveal to you a glimmer of the light o...
23/07/2021

Even in times that seem hopeless and all seems dark, a shift in perspective might reveal to you a glimmer of the light of opportunity, and thus hope to inspire you forward, from survival, to enduring, to thriving.

It all starts with making ourselves aware of what within ourselves (thoughts and emotions) and our immediate external environment that we can change; the things that are within our grasp.

The world may have gone mad around you, but if you can make even a small change in your own personal world, your life, then that too is a change in the greater world around you.

An ocean is made up of many small drops of water. Everything has a tipping point, maybe your small action is that one tiny drop that starts the chain reaction, redirects the momentum to a new direction.

"Reaching for the Light", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas

Contact, especially physical contact is essential to humans. Without it our physical and mental health suffers. Human in...
18/07/2021

Contact, especially physical contact is essential to humans. Without it our physical and mental health suffers. Human infants will actually die if not held in close contact due to stress. In early childhood, contact and interaction is essential for small children to learn the social skills necessary for them to be balanced members of their families and societies as they grow to be adults. The first five years are critical, as the neural pathways are still in development, after which behavioural patterns become for the most part hardwired and can thus play a significant role in the life path the individual finds themselves on.

Even for adults, mental and physical isolation is an extreme challenge, so much so that solitary confinement is often used as a form of punishment or torture and can be used to break an individual's will.

We are social beings, needing contact with each other, whether a friendly smile, a kind word, a gentle touch or the warm embrace of some one that loves you.

"Reach Out and Touch Me - Hands 43", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas

"What Price Freedom?", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvasThis is a recent painting commissioned by one of my collectors.
15/05/2021

"What Price Freedom?", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas

This is a recent painting commissioned by one of my collectors.

"A New Day", Leo Plaw, 24 x 30cm, oil on canvasIt is also literally a new day for this painting also. This is yet anothe...
26/03/2021

"A New Day", Leo Plaw, 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas

It is also literally a new day for this painting also. This is yet another painting that I rescued from the oblivion of the forgotten corners of the studio.

This is a #painting that lay neglected in various corners of the #studio, shunted from one pile to another. I was never ...
18/03/2021

This is a #painting that lay neglected in various corners of the #studio, shunted from one pile to another. I was never happy with the first attempt and thus chose to ignore it. But, it saw the #light of #day again, and after a looong break from it, with fresh eyes, I could bring it to a state that satisfied me.

So in a way, the title is rather fitting. I defied my own overpowering sense of powerlessness to make a change for the better.

"Defying the Gods", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas

#oilpainting #figurativeart #figurativepainting #storm #gods

The last still life I painted looked so tasty, I had to bite into the challenge of another one. This one is on my normal...
11/03/2021

The last still life I painted looked so tasty, I had to bite into the challenge of another one. This one is on my normal sized small canvas. I wanted to achieve something that had a classic feel to it, akin to the Old Masters.
I may return to still life paintings again in the future, but the next artwork will be a return to my figurative works.

""Pairs of Pears", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas

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