Thursday, 20 June 2013

Tempus Fugit

... or, in other words, Time Flies. It certainly is doing for me. I looked at the number of posts I've made on my blog so far this year ... 7. We're halfway through the year and I've managed only 7 and I missed the month of April completely. I decided to throw together a quick post just so that I don't miss June as well.

This week, for the first time in a very long while, I actually found a few hours to do some painting. I had a go at this anemone which I found in the Reference Photo section of my forum. I used the layering technique I learned about a while ago but applied my own thinking to the method rather than follow 'instructions' rigidly. I felt much more comfortable doing it this way and I'm not disappointed with the result. I've still got a long way to go with it but I definitely felt I was understanding more.

On another matter, I've finally dragged myself kicking and squealing into the 21st century ... I've bought myself a tablet ... a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. There are many reasons why I preferred it to other tablets, one being it's built-in pressure sensitive digital pen. I've tried a few doodles and doubt I'll ever do any serious drawing with it, but it's great fun and I'm now on the lookout for the best drawing software to go with it. Don't be surprised if you see some digital doodles posted here from time to time. I'm also hoping my new tablet will help me get round your blogs more often as I'll be able to use it at times when I can't normally get to my PC.

Our local Art in the Park exhibition ended last week and I had to go and collection my "Fuchsia 'Winston Churchill'" painting. No, it did't sell, but I'm not disappointed. There was a time when I mistakenly thought that a person couldn't be classed as a proper artist if they didn't sell their work.  Since then I've come to realise that it's not how much we sell that makes us an artist but what is in our heart. We should be called 'heartists'. lol.


I had taken my camera with me to the park, as always, and on the way back from the exhibition I detoured to the lakes. An enjoyable half-hour with my camera resulted in scores of photo's to be scrutinised once back home and I'll close this post by sharing 3 or 4 of them with you.





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18 comments:

  1. You've done so well with this ..
    I hope to see more of these single subject type paintings.

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    1. Thank you very much BJ. Yes, I'd like to do a few more like this ... it was quite enjoyable.

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  2. Glad to see you again in blogland, John! Great painting and great pictures!

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  3. Time does fly and sometimes life gets in the way! My posts are less regular at the moment while we have a young pup... Anyway - your painting is lovely! I'm thinking of switching to watercolour again for a while because it's a much quicker medium...

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    1. It'll be nice to see some new watercolours from you Sandra, not that you're oils aren't in a class of their own, which they are, but you're watercolours were always something special too. ;-)

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  4. So true John... where is the time going? Have no idea. It sure is difficult to fit everything we want to do into the little time we have. I'm really glad to see you are still painting and beautifully at that. I suppose this shortness of time makes us appreciate more the creative time we do have and not take it for granted.

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    1. I agree with you Laura about appreciating the time we DO get. Even the simplest little sketch feels more special somehow.

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  5. Lots of great artists were unable to sell their work...many lived in obscure poverty. Artists see, feel and react to the world differently. They discover greatness in small details...your work reflects that.

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    1. That's a lovely thing for you to say Trudy, thank you very much.

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  6. Hello John, you and me both are struggling to post :)
    Lovely painting and cute photos.

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    1. Thank you very much Sue. I hope to get back to it soon as I'm feeling extremely 'stagnant'. ;-)

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  7. Time certainly does fly! Love the anemone and the Churchill/fuschia. You are right, we should be heartists :)
    Nice to see you post again xx

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  8. Love that new word 'heartists' , it is spot one :-))))) Your Anemone is lovely john , your way seems perfect to me.

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    1. You're very kind Jane, thank you. ;-)

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  9. Your layering technique seem to work fine. This flower is very pretty John! I guess you´re right. We should call ourselves heartists ;)

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    1. Thank you Catharina. I've still got a very long way to go but, as you know, it's always nice trying something new. ;)

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