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An Enchanted Eye and Hand

An Enchanted Eye and Hand

The last six lessons of my online course, Watercolour A to Z, began with the letter U and that fundamental…

Still life, still important

Still life, still important

  ‘With an apple, I shall astonish Paris.’ Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) I received an email with a link to a…

Life, Death and Art

Life, Death and Art

You may have heard of the Pitmen Painters. In 2007, Lee Hall’s play made them quite famous, both in the…

The Painter of the Future

The Painter of the Future

We’re 10% of the way through 2023, but still feeling the chill of winter, of course, so I hope the…

Seeing and Feeling

Seeing and Feeling

Oskar Kokoschka, Polperro II (1938) Kokoschka’s lively composition is loaded with juicy brushstrokes. Under his impetuous hand, the clouds race…

“The Art Itself is Nature”

“The Art Itself is Nature”

At the end of last year, I wrote a post about Diane Duyser, who made headlines when she saw the…

A Busman’s Holiday

A Busman’s Holiday

This summer, during the worst of the British heatwave, I was in Madeira, where the sun rises late and its…

The Sky Is The Limit

The Sky Is The Limit

¡Hola! Here’s the Montgó massif in Spain, a breathtaking lump of rock that rises 750 metres above the villa where…

From penciller to painter

From penciller to painter

A fortnight ago, while Franklin was thrashing about in frustration, looking for anything Eunice might have missed, I drove down…

Making light of play

Making light of play

Back in October, my partner, Petra and I were lucky enough to escape to Madeira for the half term and…

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