Tag Archives: Nature

100 Things That Make Me Smile

Have you ever caught yourself smiling, without at first being aware that you were?  That happened to me recently, so I thought it might be a good idea to note what it was that made me smile, in spite of … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Seaside Resorts Thriving?

It’s a mystery to me why seaside resorts are not becoming vibrant, thriving, bustling artistic communities filled with creative industries.  Actually, it’s not wholly a mystery.  There are reasons, but my assertion is that the reasons could and should be … Continue reading

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They Were All Yellow

Not twenty minutes from where I live are some oil paintings, painted by the great Joseph Mallord William Turner.  Turner pre-dated and, no doubt, influenced the Impressionists that were to make a big, colourful splash with their paintings of atmospheric … 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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I Painted a Tree

I don’t usually paint trees, but had the chance to do so yesterday and I was pleased with the result.  Some kind friends asked to see it, so here it is: (50 cm x 60 cm, oil on canvas)

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Painting Two Portraits at Once

One of the hardest things when painting, but especially when painting a portrait, is getting the draftsmanship right.  You need to ensure that everything looks in proportion and balanced, with all the spaces and negative spaces the right shape, size … Continue reading

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Spot the Pattern

You probably played this game as a child. Lying down on your back, you looked up at the clouds and tried to see shapes and patterns in the random fluffiness. I remember those games as magical experiences. During the twentieth … Continue reading

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