Month: May 2013

Renoir….the movie …. and some late paintings

A few days ago, while my Dad recuperated in hospital, my Mum and I went to the University of Victoria’s Cinema to see the film, Renoir. We knew little about it, only that it was about the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and one of his models. And although neither of us are that fond of

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Van Gogh and the self-portrait – who knew he painted so many?!

  Many of you know that I like doing self-portraits. Drawing or painting yourself is a great way to practice  – faces are tricky and so drawing your own enhances your observation skills; it’s always available (even if it doesn’t feel like it is!); it’s cheap; it offers the opportunity for self-reflection; and all you

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Another pastel exploration from Mexico – “Two Parts of One”

  I think it’s time to share another pastel exploration with you. Some of the pastels created while I was in Mexico earlier this year are still in process but this one I believe is finished. In an earlier blog where I share “Emergent” (my first pastel exploration) with you, I described how it evolved

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Pastel portrait in progress … now that taxes are behind me!!

Pastel portrait   Finally, finally, I’m beginning to get back to some pastelling in my studio. There’s always the question – what shall I paint today? So many choices. Then I remembered a photo I’d taken of Cam some time back when he was sick in bed. I loved the way his head sat atop

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