Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Brush Rush

My family has gotten quite used to the fact that I paint a lot.  Because they’re all so lovely, they bought me some new brushes for Christmas.  These brushes are unlike the brushes I have used in the past and … Continue reading

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Fear and Greed

I’m about to set down what I think to be a big thought.  It has a Christmassy theme, rather than a strictly artistic one, but I hope you will accept this as a little bit of writerly artistic expression, appropriate … Continue reading

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The Bodleian Kindle

As I write this, I have just finished watching Professor (soon to be “Sir”, I’m sure) Brian Cox’s television show, “A Night with the Stars”, in which he valiantly, but lucidly explained quantum physics to an audience of what are … Continue reading

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Who’d be a Journalist?

People are increasingly disinterested in reading newspapers.  The newspapers think it’s because the internet delivers the news for free and complain about the lack of editorial standards and control on internet news sites.  What they fail to acknowledge is that … Continue reading

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Opportunities Lost

I may be wrong about this, but it seems to me that what I think of as the official “art establishment”, in Britain, is primarily geared toward encouragement of the consumption of art, not its creation.  If you try to … Continue reading

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Smells Like Generosity of Spirit

Have you ever noticed that the teachers and mentors that have the most knowledge are usually those that are most generous in sharing it?  It’s always the teachers with very little knowledge that guard it jealously, it seems to me.  … Continue reading

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Imitation or Intimidation?

There was a programme on the television the other day, narrated by a man that had done time for art forgery, about the village in China (whose name escapes me) that has become a worldwide hub for reproductions and copies … Continue reading

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