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Images

We’ve chosen to illustrate our site with line-drawings and paintings, rather than with glossy, corporate-style pictures or beautiful photography. In part, we’ve wanted to find a different approach from many consultancies, and also because we simply like them, this is our way of pointing to a different sort of interaction. A picture may be, after all, another sort of resource. And if we enter fully into the different worlds of each artist, we find that they bring alive something new and unexpected; qualities and faculties which we can draw upon when we interact creatively in our lives, with ourselves, with other people and our tasks.

 


 

Most of the paintings on this site are by Swiss modernist painter Paul Klee (1879-1940). A full list of the paintings used on the site can be found at the bottom of this page

‘The Dream’ by French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau (1844-1920) appears on our page: Dreams.

The painting on our page Building Confidence is by the contemporary artist, Frances Broomfield: Henri Rousseau’s Dream Garden (1995). We are currently seeking permission to use this work.

 


 

Most of the line-drawings are by the Victorian artist and ‘nonsense’ poet Edward Lear (1812-1888), drawn from the following compilations:

Lear, Edward. [1862] A Book of Nonsense. London: Routledge, Warne and Routledge.

- [ca.1870] Lear’s Shilling Book of Nonsense. London: Frederick Warne.

- [1872] More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, etc. London: R. J. Bush.

- [1888] Nonsense Botany, and Nonsense Alphabets. London, New York : Frederick Warne & Co.

- [1892] The Duck and the Kangaroo. London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.

- [1952] A Nonsense Alphabet. London: H.M. Stationery Off., 1952 (Dorchester: Henry Ling Limited, The Dorset Press) (1968 printing).

- [1953] Teapots and Quails, and Other New Nonsenses. Edited and introduced by Angus Davidson and Philip Hofer. London: J Murray.

Alderson, Brian. [1975]. A Book of Bosh. Harmondsworth: Kestrel books, published by Penguin Books Ltd. (A useful modern edition of many of Lear’s poems, pictures.)

 


 

A single line-drawing by Burne-Jones (1833-1898) appears on our Suggested Reading page, illustrating ‘William Morris reading poetry to Burne-Jones’ from: collections vam.ac.uk

 


 

Ox-herding Pictures

The line-drawings on the Mindfulness pages are drawn from a famous set of ten ‘Oxherding Pictures’, and are a classic metaphor for training the mind in meditation. These paintings are by Yokoo Tatsuhiko. For the whole set, see: sanbo-zen.org . We are currently seeking permission to use this work.

 


 

Paintings by Paul Klee (1879-1940) on this site:

Website page

Painting title and date

About Us

Tapestry, 1923

Aggression Management

Scholar, 1933

Approaches

At the Core, 1935

Background

Above the Mountain Peaks, 1917

Building Confidence

Spiral Flowers, 1926 (detail)

Bullying in the Workplace

L’Homme est la Bouche du Seigneur, 1918

Challenging Conversations

Battle Scene from the Comic Fantastic opera ‘the Seafarer’, 1923

Coaching

Dance Flower, 1939 (detail)

Communication

Framed, 1935

Conflict Resolution

A Bride and Groom in the Autumn of their Lifes, 1930

Consultancy

Antiquated Industry, 1940

Courses

Dramatic Landscape, 1928

Decision Making

Prince, 1930

Executive Retreats

Bird Garden, 1924

Facilitation

Ancient Harmony, 1925

Focusing

Under a Black Star, 1918 (detail)

Home

Senecio, 1922 (detail)

Improving Sleep

Strong Dream, 1928

Learn Mediation

High Group, 1931 (no 166)

Managing Conflicts & Complaints

Girl quaking, 1923

Mediation & Reconciliation

High Group, 1931 (no 166)

Methods

(Untitled) Colour composition, c.1914

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Fire, Full Moon, 1933

Negotiation

The Broken Key, 1938

Presentation Skills

The Sailor, 1940

Mask: Silly Girl, 1928

Resolving Conflicts

Scene at the Water, 1922

Sleep, Dreams and Well-being

Strong Dream, 1928

Team Support

Revolution of the Viaduct, 1937

Useful Links

Wall Painting from the Temple of Longing Thither, 1922