Jan 7

A rough and racy wench

A rough and racy wench

There was a fine practioner of painting in Cornwall called Frank McNichol.  He has now sadly passed away but he left behind a phrase that rings still in my ears: "Craftsmanship, my boy, craftsmanship."  There is no doubt that Frank was a fine craftsman, and I believe him.  Did he mean the kind of craft learnt at the feet of a master, or that which one teaches oneself by studying them?  Both perhaps.

My take on craft is...

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Dec 31

Classic

"Classic is a work that has not finished saying what it has to say."

Dec 22

Models and Muses

Models and Muses

 

I have had some lovely and good models.  They're very good.  They have interest in Art and have gracefully given of their time for very little return.  I can't afford to pay much and so promise them commission on any works sold.  Not that they're going to get rich on that.  But then a time comes when...

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Dec 21

Notes on Paintings

Notes on Paintings

Recently, going through the doldrums, I decided to revisit as many older paintings as I could find and include some on this site in an effort to rediscover their origins.  I hoped it might spark a memory of why they were done in the first place and so shed light on the curious process of inspiration.  As an exercise, it's been illuminating.  As part of this process,

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Dec 20

Links

Links

I've added Lynda Powney here, an artist working in unusual media (at least for the West Country I believe).  Have a look at her website for something quite unique, topical and beautiful.