According to Aristotle ….

"....the aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

Well, you do need to know.

As I’ve noted on several occasions, the purpose of this blog is to give readers some idea of the life of an artist, and in particular the ways in which the art bit relates to other things in life. Well, you do need to know that it is not all creative excitement, and there are parts of the “art” bit…

I’m waiting …. !

We drove over to the little town of Mirfield today, in order to check out the possibility of my exhibiting work in the local art centre. It was an interesting experience. The place is clearly supplied with a good variety of services, well connected by public transport, and has a strong sense of community. There must be places all over…

Draw closer!

Some time ago I decided that a good description of my painting is that is lies somewhere between still life and landscape. Very often I will focus on natural objects, and even fragments of landscape, but these will be viewed in closeup. (Rummage around in the “galleries” attached to this web-site and you will see what I mean. A couple…

In recovery

I am beginning to dare to think that things might be on an even keel at last. Not only have I managed to take part, during the last week, in my usual life-drawing class, but I also went to the meeting of the regional Italian Circle, and last night (believe it or not) we went to a concert.* To cap…

A new medium for painters

I made a startling discovery last night, at the life-drawing class. We were given the task of working with just a brush and a large blob of acrylic paint. The idea was to get us to work in broad forms and contrasts of tone instead of fiddling about trying to get a meticulously detailed drawing. It was all going OK…

The wave is gathering force

I wrote in yesterday’s post about the sense of a return to normality I was beginning to feel, stimulated by the recovery of activities that have been in suspension for many months, as a result of the current pandemic. This feeling has been growing during today, but not always with the expected sense of positivity. This morning I drove over…

How do I look?

I guess that at some point or another all of us have had the experience of having to present ourselves to others in a new way. Perhaps it was that first interview with a potential employer, as a student approaching graduation. In my case the event that comes to mind was the occasion on which I decided to take the…

Like bubbles rising to the surface

I have noticed before that “inspiration” in art is not necessarily a matter of some sudden insight. Just as frequently (perhaps even more frequently) ideas which have been precipitated by some experience take some time to rise to the surface of consciousness and achieve any kind of clarity. This is certainly the case with our recent visit to the island…