Thursday, 28 May 2015

Travelling Sketchbooks April - Alphonse Mucha

So my inspiration for my Travelling Sketchbook for April came from my recent visit to Prague in the Czech Republic. Known for its excellent beer, an ornate 9th century castle dominating the landscape and the most wonderful buildings and architecture dating as far back as medieval times, Prague was  home to Alphonse Mucha, a late 19th and early 20th Century Art Nouveau painter. His style of painting influenced an entire generation of painters, graphic artists, draughtsmen and designers and  in the minds of many, his work epitomises the Art Nouveau.

This is a watercolour I did of one of Mucha's distinctive designs.

Which led to this piece in stitch. 

I used layers of calico, wadding, even a kitchen towel which I had used to blot and clean up my paints. These were then covered with a layer of  muslin and I then machine embroidered the poppy design. 

Prague is one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world and the historical capital of Bohemia. With its many art galleries and museums to visit, the Mucha Museum is just one of them and not to be missed along with the Prague Beer Museum for its excellent beer of course!  

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