Alexandra Drysdale Artist



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Let There Be Light: the art and science of light in paintings
Out of the Blue: the story of blue in art
Red Vibrations: the story of red in art
Journey of the River from the Source to the Sea, in the company of artists
Air, Angels and Aeroplanes
Down to Earth: depictions of earthly delights
On the Way to the Wedding: depictions of love in art
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: German Art 1900-1940

Study Days:
Pulling Pictures Apart
Cardinal Colours: red, yellow and blue
Painting the Elements: earth, water, air and fire
Let there be Light: the art and science of Light in Paintings
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: German Art 1900-1940




Painting the Elements: earth, water, air and fire
Study Day: three or four hours

This study day examines how artists through the ages have represented the Elements. The day begins with the history of the Elements in different cultures, from Ancient Greece to China and India. The Elements have been regarded as both physical substances and as spiritual energies that manifest themselves in nature and in the human being, earth with our body, air with our mind, water with our soul, fire with our spirit. This attitude towards the Elements provides the structure to the study day.

We shall explore how the different forms of an Element are represented in western art, principally painting:

- Earth: earth, human body, pleasures of food and sex, illness and death
- Air: sky, space, flight, intellect, abstraction, angels and aeroplanes
- Fire: sunlight, fire, candle flame, passion and violence, spirit
- Water: sea, river, swimming pool, bath and shower, soul love.

A wide range of art, including contemporary art, will be shown eg. Richard Long, Andy Goldsworthy, Frieda Kahlo, Ana Mendietta, Bridget Riley, Hockney, Jenny Saville, Michael Andrews, and Alexandra Drysdale.

As an artist myself I pay special attention to how the paintings have been constructed out of shape, colour and tone.