Tag Archives: Painting

Kickstarter Update: The Trust Sketchbook

I’ve spent all day today illustrating the bespoke covers, and handmade elements for the Kickstarter backers of The Trust Sketchbook, so i have to admit that my creative muscles are flagging a little! I’ve drawn all of the ‘Trust Trees’, … Continue reading

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Painting The Thing

I took some time out last week, a chance to catch up on some reading, spend time with family, and even fit in some painting. Whilst wrestling with new paints I was reminded how painting is not about capturing the … Continue reading

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Voices

Whispering in the wind, echoing through hallways, buzzing like an angry fly down a bad phone line or whispered tenderly late at night. Voices of purpose and intent, voices that implore or beg us to take action, bullying or directive … Continue reading

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Beauty

Whilst it may be in the eye of the beholder, it’s not a term you often hear at work. We talk about ‘engagement‘, ‘effectiveness‘ and ‘investment‘ but rarely about beauty. Beauty is somehow personal, somehow soft, somehow unquantifiable. Not something … Continue reading

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Let your hands do the talking: representation and abstraction

Following on from yesterday’s post, i’m on holiday this week and spending some time teaching my niece to draw. I’ve been wrestling with the notion of how to move her (at the age of ten) from direct representation to more … Continue reading

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How to learn to paint

I’m on holiday this week, down in Devon with my niece and nephew. Ten year old Megan has asked me to give her some painting lessons, a thought that fills me with fear, not least because i don’t really know … Continue reading

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Heading North: Painting in perspective

I realise that i’m grumpy when i paint. It’s not that i’m in a bad mood, it’s just that i’m very focused. The thing about watercolours is that they’re alive, or rather, they are until they dry, so you’re on … Continue reading

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Where did all the willpower go? Playing with words and hearing when things just seem right.

Some things just sounds right. We probably notice this most often with songs: something just sticks in your head. Song’s don’t have to be clever, long or sophisticated to be great, they just need to make you tap your feet … Continue reading

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The art of graffiti. Formal and informal learning environments.

Nobody is taught how to paint graffiti at school. It’s something that’s picked up through practice and sprayed onto the school, not taught by it. But, like any skill, it is learnt and it is influenced by what has come … Continue reading

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The development of skills over time. How we learn to fit within conventions, whilst learning to break out of them.

I’ve spent time over the last week with the oil paints, down in Cornwall, painting boats. It’s been a learning experience. I know how to paint watercolour, but never before with oils, so there’s a lot to learn. The whole … Continue reading

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