A strange kind of beautiful

“What strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is good.” ~Leo Tolstoy. “A strange kind of beautiful”, mixed media in Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook. Titles might sometimes express the idea of the portrait. But suitable titles are not easy to find, especially when there is no background as in many of my portraits, and […]

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Letting the painting speak to me

“Artists are people who have learned to live with doubt and do the work anyway. ” ~ Julia Cameron, founder of The Artist’s Way, a movement that has helped millions achieve their creative dreams.    Cameron herself is something of a Renaissance woman.  She has published books that have become international bestsellers and are taught […]

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Seeing pink in a different light

“People usually associate the colour pink with weakness and naiveté; but I associate this colour with the most beautiful parts of the day – dawn and dusk! And in my searching through mystical writings, I have found that pink is actually related to the utmost levels of the Tree of Life. I’ve also seen it […]

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Danny Boy – a quick sketch

“Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling…” lyrics by Fred Weatherly, an English lawyer. The song was written in 1910. “Danny Boy”, 9 X !2, (mixed media) charcoal and pastel pencils in Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook. When this portrait was done, I had to think about how I got to this place this […]

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Who will help the vulnerable children of the world?

“It was the end of civilization, the end of all that men had striven for since the beginning of time. In the space of a few days, humanity had lost its future, for the heart of any race is destroyed, and its will to survive utterly broken, when its children are taken from it.” Childhood’s […]

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When childhood is left behind too soon…

“We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children.” Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winning author, survivor of Nazi concentration camps. In his memoir “Night”, he wrote about his experiences in the death camps. An activist for human rights all his life, Mr. Wiesel died in 2016. (Mixed media – charcoal and […]

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