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Quotes

A painting is finished when it looks at you.

Paul Klee, via Katie Turner
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Quotes

Anything that animates us creatively in a positive way — be it the grand design of a great architectural wonder or the Big Bang of a child’s drawing — is a re-enactment of the original creation story. Whether we realise it or not, making art is a religious encounter as it is our attempts to grow beyond ourselves that energise the soul of the universe.

Nick Cave, Red Hand Files Issue #131

I’m not a huge fan of Nick’s music (although there are one or two songs I love), but I really look forward to these letters. Often a welcome respite from the noisy, thoughtless messages that seem to surround us these days.

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Painting

Mark-making ideas from Lewis Noble

I really enjoyed the night at Browne when we used different tools and techniques like this to make different marks. I can see how it will make for much more interesting paintings too. Check out some of Lewis’s.

Note to self: Keep playing.

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Painting

Excited to say, I’ve got a new painting (the lamp one) underway. I’m well into the underpainting. (I decided to go traditional and use raw umber and ultramarine blue for that.)

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drawing

My eldest daughter

My eldest daughter
Pencil on paper

Drawing faces is hard. The tiniest mismeasurement can ruin a likeness, and make the proportions look a bit odd, which I think they do here. Having said that, I’m pretty happy with this (drawn from a reference photo, not from life). I captured at least some of what I was trying to.