My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Let’s talk about art





All day yesterday and all day today, I am part of a team presenting workshops on art: yesterday for teachers, today for students. 


I woke in the early hours of this morning with thoughts of how to excite the latent creative spark that lies deep in the makeup of all of us.  Lectures and instructions might make a want-to-be artist more technically able but without passion, that spark will never ignite the flame that will in turn cause an earth-shaking explosion.  


It was when the formal sessions for the day were over that the otherwise passive participants burst into life.  They began to talk about their own perception of art and the message that they themselves (not me) wanted to get across.  How well I know that overwhelming feeling of release that comes from revealing your deepest visions to a group of like-minded souls.


Yes, the thoughts are muddle, just as today’s sketch and this entry may seem, but with a sympathetic eye and ear the meaning becomes clear.

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