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Assessment time for me. I was asked to choose a simple subject and demonstrate some of what I’ve learnt about painting so far. I decided to do another painting on a dark background as I had loved the deep, moody effect that this had created in my last exercises and I was drawn to subjects in low light, such as those depicted in the chiaroscuro-style paintings I had looked at. I decided to try and capture this low-light, high contrast effect, but to introduce some colour, as I had mostly been doing monochrome work so far.


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Time for another painting update.  As ever I plod on with my studies. As the possibilities of actually achieving a degree in the timescale I’m allowed get less and less, I still find myself full of determination to keep going. I’ve realised that it is the development of my skill that matters most to me, so when I’m having a bit of a panic about how long it’s all taking and how hard it is to juggle the time pressures of everything else, I remind myself of that. I do love the learning of this. It provides such a lovely contrast to the intensity of work and life. Painting afternoons are like an oasis for me, full of mindful, moment-by-moment looking and experimentation and play. I’d never give that up. So I keep going.


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Brook Farm Retreat


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One of the principle techniques in painting that you need to master, I am learning, is how to gradually fade and blend paint. Easy, I thought.

I was so wrong there.


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It’s rather lovely for me to be updating here with art news. Forgive me a brief introduction and then I can get down to showing you what I’ve been working on.


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