Tag Archives: Colours

Art Smuggling

There’s something important about LP records that the inventors of the compact cassette, compact disc and streaming music services evidently failed to grasp. If they were to be believed, these music delivery formats had a single function – to deliver … Continue reading

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How Many Creative Options Do You Need?

This is a hard lesson to learn for many artists, myself included. Here it is, though: adding more creative options only causes you to reach a point of diminishing returns quite rapidly. Beyond that point, having more creative options available … Continue reading

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Coming Back To Life

Time goes by fast. This year marks ten years of painting, for me. Before then, I didn’t paint at all, but since then, I have painted reasonably consistently, despite the ups and downs that life has thrown at me. I … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unconventional

There is a significant population of people that are alarmed, scandalised, affronted and viscerally offended by pictures painted in bright colours, whether representational or abstract, or somewhere in between.  I have the anecdotal evidence.  They can’t stand them, but more … Continue reading

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Resolution and Gestalt

I’ve been watching painters paint for some time now.  You can observe some interesting and seemingly strange behaviours, when you do this.  There are two particular habits I have observed which almost always sabotage the painting and leave the artist … Continue reading

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In Praise of Skill

My art teacher and friend posted a link to this sardonic article on my timeline, recently: http://www.treeshark.com/treeblog/?p=1816 It was a tongue-in-cheek review of an exhibition of the works of John Singer Sargent, held recently at the National Portrait Gallery.  While … Continue reading

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The Joke’s on All of Us

This morning, I heard on the radio that many of Van Gogh’s paintings are fading away.  Not only does the chromium yellow turn to brown, over time, but the red pigment he used, based as it was on lead, is … Continue reading

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Lighting for Portrait Painters

People that make portraits of people using camera technology, especially modern high-resolution cameras, pay a great deal of attention to lighting their subject well and doing so artistically.  They have to.  Their camera, after all, is a recording device which … Continue reading

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Trade Secrets

I had the rare opportunity to spend a delightful morning with two dear artist friends recently, a husband and wife, now in their early eighties or late seventies, that I have known all my life.  They both paint regularly, in … Continue reading

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Unnecessary Beauty

I heard something that struck a chord with me, on the radio, late last Sunday night.  It was a speech about the power of art, by writer A.L. Kennedy, give as part of the “A Point of View” series.  She … Continue reading

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