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Scoring skies, scoring ice, scoring wax


This You Tube video is of artist Ben Hecht creating encaustic artworks, sharing his methods and his philosophy. When he is scoring into his surface, he reminds me of the scoring made by ice skates on ice. I’ve blogged already about how, when I used to do ice dance, I was always excited if first on the rink and thus first to score marks into the pristine surface of the ice. Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo XVII: The Virtue of the Virtual


I visit a lot of artists and galleries, every week. This is due to the Internet. This is one of the Internet’s greatest achievements, I think: that creative people all round the world can make virtual visits to, share, each other’s work and philosophies. Such interaction would be impossible, physically. Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo VI: What is Art?


Art is a line around your thoughts. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

Aargh! Not the What is art? question again! Well, a few years it was posed (again) by (I think) The Guardian Online. I think it was a forum discussing that year’s (as usual, controversial) short list for The Turner Prize. As you can imagine, there were a lot of answers to the question. Some flowery ones which talked about agonies and ecstasies, some philosophical ones (questioning whether there is a painting in the gallery if there’s nobody there to look at it, and so forth). A lot of striking of poses. I decided to have my say and a couple of years later, prowling the Internet for one reason or another, I turned up the web page again and my answer: Continue reading

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Below the Line Project Study: Carrier of Light


“… the kind of art we shall need in the future is one that actualises the life of the soul…”  Cecil Collins. Here’s another small (7″x5″) mixed media encaustic board I’ve been working on as part of my Below the … Continue reading

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Art in Progress: A Birthday Card


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Art in Progress: Carrier


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Artist Review: Daevid Mendivil


I was recently commissioned (wearing my freelance writing hat) to write a review of the work of the young New York City based multi-disciplined artist Daevid Mendivil.  His disciplines include dance, painting, photography, film & design. As a dancer, Daevid Mendivil … Continue reading

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