Monthly Archives: October 2012

You’re Not Going to Have the Time

It’s very tempting to believe that you can’t even attempt your art until you have all the knowledge you know you’re going to need and all the gear.  You want it to be good and you’ve thought the process through … Continue reading

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Artisan Factory Tours

This is a sweeping generalisation, but I love factory tours.  Any time I get to see how something is made, where I can see talented artisans creating things, with their hands, minds and with devilishly clever and intricately thought out … Continue reading

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Creativity and the Avoidance of Doom

We’re deluged with doom.  It seems that everywhere we look or listen, there’s some source of bad news or terrible horrors blaring out at us.  The media does a good line in feeding us on relentless fear.  It gets our … Continue reading

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Three Irresistible Challenges (from Facebook Memes)

If not now, when? If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. What’s the most dangerous risk of all?  The risk of spending your life not doing what you want … Continue reading

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Reframing

I think I recall being told by an experienced, old, broadcast television engineer that humans perceive colour differently, depending on the colour of the frame surrounding a video display.  He claimed that for accurate colour representation, you had to make … Continue reading

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Meta Fear – The Fear of Fear

If you have faced fear a lot, in your life, you can, if fortune smiles upon you, finally get to a point where things are on an even keel, at long last.  The insanity has subsided and you feel like … Continue reading

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Painting Furry Critters in Oils

Today I tried something I have never tried before.  I attempted to paint a portrait of my cat, from memory and from a picture of somebody else’s cat.  What provoked such a folly?  There was a painting day, run by … Continue reading

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