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Ellenshaw returned to his English roots for this particular painting, though he spent most of his childhood in Essex and Kent. Buckinghamshire got its name from the Anglo-Saxon term "Bucca''s home," indicating its original landowner. Its proximity to London and the Thames River marking its southern boundary made it important politically; the English Civil War began there in the 17th century. Many of the major British estates are located there, including Chequers, the country seat of the Prime Minister, and Cliveden, which was home to an Earl, 2 Dukes, a Prince of Wales, and Viscountess Astor, an American who became...
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This chilly piece allows Ellenshaw to show off his mastery of color with its limited palette. An estimated 100,000 glaciers cover five percent of Alaska's surface, from which large chunks of ice regularly shear off, a process known as calving icebergs. Some of the most spectacular glaciers, much like this one, are in the Harding Icefield located in Kenai Fjords National Park, which covers 300 square miles. In constant motion, glaciers can move several feet a day, suddenly surge 300 feet, or, as unfortunately many of them are doing now, shrink due to increased melting.
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Nepal shares with Tibet the title of the "roof of the world," acknowledging the majesty of the Himalayas, though Nepal is flat and fertile in its southern regions. Eight of the worlds ten highest peaks are in Nepal, including Mount Everest, and the capital of the country bears the mystical sounding name, Kathmandu. Ellenshaw was enchanted with Nepal and returned repeatedly to depict the grandeur of its natural scenery. The Dalai Lama, whose palace is in nearby Tibet, once noted that in these lands, "Life is sparse and sounds travel great distances," undoubtedly adding to their mystical quality.
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The Thangboche Monastery is Buddhist, though 81% of the population of Nepal is Hindu. It is famous internationally because of its spectacular location on the main route to the base camp of Mt. Everest where it offers the first clear view of the highest mountain in the world. It became famous after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay made a stop there on their way to conquering Everest. Today, more than 30,000 people a year visit the monastery which is set in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Ellenshaw loved Ireland and painted a whole series based on its landscape. They call it the "Emerald Isle" and it certainly deserves the distinction, with its many shades of green. The lovely yellow of the gorse dots the countryside, climbing along the stone walls. Though the walls may look like they were always there, most of them were built during the time of the Famine. The more sympathetic Anglo-Irish landlords paid their tenant farmers to take the stones that filled each field and build fences, just to provide a job for which they could pay a small wage to the...
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The famous French Impressionist Claude Monet set out to create a garden which would exemplify the impressionists obsession with color and light - a garden influenced by Japanese styles, specifically arranged with regard to shade and composition, and yet looking carefree and unplanned, like a happy, spontaneous accident of beauty. His gardens at Giverny became a mecca for artists and still continues to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including a large number of artists like Peter Ellenshaw.
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Like many artists, British-born Peter Ellenshaw was fascinated by both Claude Monet's paintings and the amazing gardens at Giverny that inspired so many of them. After his enormously successful career as a matte artist in Disney films, Ellenshaw spent his "retirement" as a landscape painter, traveling to various beautiful sites around the world. Giverny was one of his favorite locations, and he visited and painted there often, in this case choosing a perspective mimicking one of Monet's most famous paintings.
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Ellenshaw had traveled the world as he worked on films, but after his retirement, he had time to devote to the landscape painting he had always wished to do. Giverny was one of his favorite places and he returned to it time and again, as his paintings demonstrate. One of his favorite elements there were the bright red poppies with which Monet punctuated with floral composition. Like many painters, Ellenshaw revisited the vivid blooms repeatedly.
Created by: Ellenshaw, Peter
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Some sage once noted that "If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you''ve imagined. Venice is-- Venice is better!" Ellenshaw painted one of its most famous sights, St. Mark's Square, anchored by the Basilica di San Marco, a magnificent church composed of Byzantine domes, mosaics, and plundered treasures from the Near East and Asia, including the relics of St. Mark. The ruler of Venice was the Doge, whose palace is next to San Marco, and the tall building is the Campanile, a 325 foot guard tower from the 8th century that was rebuilt after a sudden...
Created by: Ellenshaw, Peter
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When Monet and his family moved to Giverny in 1883, the sloping land between the house and the road was an orchard surrounded by high stone walls. Over the years, Monet created a magical garden there, created compositions according to his flowers colors, heights, and textures, mixing common flowers along with the most rare, and purchasing an adjoining property where he built a water garden. He declared, "All my money goes into my garden," but admitted that he was enraptured with it. Here, Ellenshaw shows us the view Monet chose to greet him every morning as he arose from sleep.
Created by: Ellenshaw, Peter
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