Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dryad with removed handmaiden

I did not have to scrape the paint back in the end. I decided that I liked the strong marks I had made when painting M out and will allow that to develop. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how much planning I put into a painting it take on a life and direction of it's own once under way. Once again the colours are not right in the photograph but I am happy to show it to visitors to my studio.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Nudity Censorship

Asda refused to print baby's naked bum on birthday cake.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Back to paint!

Painted M out at last ... with way to much emotion ... may have to scrape back in the morning!

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"Stop" in Photoshop

Gone as far as I want to in Photoshop. A lot of the subtly of tone is gone when 'saving for web'.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Still in Photoshop

I am in less pain with the arthritis but need to wait a little longer before I can paint. I am impatient to start playing with oils but I know lots of ideas have been developed/discarded or moved forward with quicker in Photoshop.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Abbey Farm from Monk's Meadow

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dryad still in photoshop

Arthritis is bad so I do not feel able to paint on a big canvas. I have continued drawing in Photoshop.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Re-thinking Dryad

This is were I stopped with my original painting as posted earlier.

This is redrawn in Photoshop using the first photo. I have a long way to go yet.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Eynsham Abby 'New Pond'

Sat in the sun and watched these ducklings. See the photos here.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

"Old Harry's Game" finished

"Old Harry's Game"

I think this will remain a card unless someone commissions a Armaleggan painting.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008


Tried out some ideas for background. They are not working ... yet!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Developing old Harry

Monday, June 09, 2008

Old Harry's Game

'Armaleggan', "Apocalyptic Border Morris" came to Eynsham last week. Miss T tells the story. So this is the initial sketch for a new Morris painting.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

David Hockney on Moral censorship

David Hockney condemns in a letter to the 'Guardian' the "perverse remedy" of persecuting artists for drawings of children.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

Transmogrification is finished.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Moral censorship problem with 'Dryad'

I have always been surprised by the concern expressed about my nude paintings as I regard them as non sexy or salacious. So in painting 'Dryad' with a view to trying for the 2009 RA Summer Exhibition my only concern was carrying it modestly covered on public transport as 'the nude' has an established place in art.

However ... I have always known that indecent photos of children were against the law. Nan Goldin's innocent photos of her children were removed from exhibition last year because they were considered pornographic. It has now been proposed that drawings and computer-generated images of child sex abuse would be made illegal. I can not see the RA being controversial so with reluctance I am going to cover M in my painting. My apologies to SueC and M as we are all innocent of any indecency.

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