Category Archives: Creativity

Work in Progress: Painting Exercise Using a Limited Palette


All images arising at the moment result from an art programme I’m undertaking. Last week’s course module dealt with balancing colour values using a palette limited to black, white, dark cadmium red and yellow ochre. This is my second year … Continue reading

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Bloganuary 27: Thin Places


“Nothing can be done without solitude. I’ve created my own solitude which nobody suspects.” Pablo Picasso. (AZ Quotes) I am sickened [it read] by the spectacle of your obstinately closed door. It indicates that a new aristocracy has been created, … Continue reading

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On Collage and the Loss of Wonder


“When we define the Photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the figures it represents do not move; it means that they do not emerge, do not leave: they are anesthetized and fastened down, like butterflies.” … Continue reading

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Caol Áit – A Thin Place


I’d not heard of thin places until just a couple of weeks ago, from Wheel of Seasons. It seems I’m one of the very few who are not familiar with the expression. And yet, it is such an apt description … Continue reading

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Even More Home-Made Paintbrushes


“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them as an artist.” Pablo Picasso

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Tannin and Tone and Chrome


I’ve just performed at the first virtual concert of the Self-Isolation Choir Summer School. It was a week learning and rehearsing – under the guidance of musical director Ben England – a selection of works from the repertoire of the … Continue reading

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Still Taking the Anti-Dote (to the Poison of Chaos) And an Art Note


When all is done and dusted (pardon the pun) I’ll blog about what Jordan Peterson’s Clean up Your Room edict has revealed and changed. (Clean up Your Room comes from Dr Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Anti-Dote to Chaos). … Continue reading

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Tricks of Light I


2019 was not a year for blogging. I didn’t plan it that way. But from late spring onwards, what plans I had for the year were snatched away and I was flying by the seat of my pants. 2020 is … Continue reading

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Liminal Space, the Prepared Piano and Indeterminacy – a Quick Note to Myself and Anybody Reading


The subject of this blog was inspired in part by the Liminal States & Thresholds for Change series of artworks by Turtle Moon Impressions blogger Janis Doucette. Liminal space is that threshold space which is between one state of being and … Continue reading

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Cecil Collins: Fools and Angels


“Artists can do something more: they can vanquish the lie.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn Continue reading

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