Finally, summer has arrived! It’s been a long-time coming but now we can at last sit back, relax and enjoy some summer fun. Here’s some artwork that depicts our favourite summertime hobbies to get you in the mood.
GO TO THE BEACH
Is there anything more summery than going to the beach? The smell of the sea air, the fresh breeze, the warm sun on your back. This is how you would want to while away your summer afternoons.
Polish artist Julita Malinowska painted Beach Geometry V, a moment on the beach when a mother and child have a friendly encounter with a fellow beach-goer. Malinowska’s work is always so vibrant and active, it brings a positive energy to any space.
TAKE UP A NEW SPORT
Summer is definitely the time to take up an outdoor sport. The sun is beating down on you and you don’t have to layer up to go outside. It’s the best time to take up a new sport or start back where you left off from last year’s summer sport.
The second photograph from the series Sex by Spanish photographer Lídia Vives, Playmate captures a rather heated break from a game of tennis. Vives’ art is an ecstasy of baroque and contemporary fine art. You become infatuated by her flamboyant spectacle that she depicts.
ENJOY A PICNIC WITH FRIENDS
Organising a picnic for a warm Sunday afternoon couldn’t be more relaxing. What are the three elements that make up the perfect picnic? Food, friends and nature. So, gather your friends, prepare some fruit and some salads and find yourself a comfortable spot in a natural environment.
Topknot on the beach was created by the French illustrator and artist, Philippe Grimaud. Grimaud really captures that summertime feeling in his artwork; often bright, contemporary and colourful. In this particular piece, he opts for a more vintage-like style, adding to that summery feel. In his own words, Grimaud says that, “I conceive a work of art as an idea, a feeling, and not as method or process. My work is personal. For me the most important thing is capturing that idea, because without an idea there is no image.”
SPEND AN EVENING AT AN OPEN-AIR CINEMA
One of our favourite summertime activities is to spend a hot summer’s evening at the open-air cinema. During the summer months, there are always open air cinemas cropping up around Europe. Find your local open-air cinema, pack a picnic and watch a classic on a cool summer evening.
Another portrait by the talented Lídia Vives, Popcorn sends you to another place and time. The colouring, the lighting, the scenery, the makeup. The beauty of this fine art photograph lies in the details. Her art is enticing, vibrant and incredible to admire – it’s what Vives does so well and sets her apart from the rest.
MAKE TRAVEL PLANS
So, it may not be the best summer to go travelling but as restrictions are lifted and we’re able to move around more easily, we can always make plans to jump on a train and visit a small town in a remote part of the country. And, for the fortunate among us who are able to travel abroad, it may be time to make some plans.
Slow Train to Thazi is a limited edition photograph by the fine art travel photographer & journalist Ben Mckechnie. It captures a brief moment when a women traveling on a train through the hills of Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), enjoys the passing view, while shading her eyes from the sun.
Mckechnie talks about this moment saying, “Slow travel emphasises a connection to the land and people around you […] The train gently clackety-clacks through villages and across ageing viaducts, and a breeze from the window washes the aroma of freshly fried snacks from hill station markets into the carriage. It’s an unforgettable experience.”
GO ON NIGHTS OUT
Ok, so we all enjoy a night out any time of the year but what’s better than hanging out with your friends on warm nights? Bar-hopping or dining on terraces. Or just wandering the streets, soaking up the summer nightlife.
BIVOUAC the Escape is a painting by Belgium artist Bianca Prettau. The piece is part of a figurative series dedicated to the youths. It depicts the turning point of a person’s life when the values of freedom, joy and friendship are the most important thing in their lives.
Bianca Prettau’s semi-abstract paintings of urban scenes are incredibly complex. They’re built from art and geometric calculations, creating captivating imagery that has a view hooked. Her paintings are poetic. They encapsulate the beauty and magic of an urban landscape and lifestyle, even in a grey concrete vista.
LOUNGE BY THE POOL
Between lockdowns, quarantine, cancelled vacations and heightened stress, we’ve all had a pretty long year. But this summer is definitely the summer to wind down and take a moment to yourself. So, grab yourself a sun lounger by a pool, slap on the sunscreen and just do nothing.
Painted by Italian artist Anna Rita Angiolelli, Acqua Turchese really captures the woman’s expression of feeling the sensation of tranquility and enjoyment that can only be felt on a warm, sunny day. What’s particularly striking about Angiolelli’s painting technique is her ability to effectively portray a partially submerged body.
GO TO A GIG OR MUSIC CONCERT
As things start to liven up again, we can go back to going to music concerts and live gigs. Whether it’s a band in a venue, buskers playing in a square or an orchestra performing in an open amphitheater, there’s always some live going on somewhere during the summer months.
Arrival Of The Birds & Transformation – The Cinematic Orchestra is a limited edition photograph by the Russian photographer Dasha Pears. It’s taken from her project titled, “Imagine Music: What makes you change your mood in seconds?” In the project, Dasha strives to make music visible. Visibly perceiving what is happening inside the head of a musician.
As Dasha Pears puts it herself, “Not so many things in life have this power, but music does. Music creates an atmosphere. It has the power to deepen or even transform our visual experiences. It speaks directly to our emotions and can change them in seconds. Music is even more powerful when we observe its effect on the imagination. Music builds imagination and creativity. When we see pictures – our imagination does not get stronger, however, when we close our eyes and hear a sound, our imagination can go wild and create all sorts of things.”