Ed Terpening “Sue”
12×9″
Oil on Linen

Ed Terpening “Gina”
8 x 6 “
Oil on Linen

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YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNET COLLABORATIVE PROJECT….

Paintings of Painters Painting : Drawings of Draughts-Persons Drawing

All levels welcome, from genius to absolute beginner.

I thought it might be fun to gather together a few of the images from ‘Le Musée Imaginaire’ (André Malraux). Images of paintings of painters painting or drawings of draughts-persons drawing. Painting holidays or painting workshops are great occasions to practice this subject.

Do you have an artwork of this type of subject? I’m going to create a static web page for these when I’ve done a ’round-up’. If you’d like to be included, why not send me a web-ready image (72 dpi – 500 pixels largest dimension) (to me at blog365-at-artists-atelier.com), and I’ll include it. Don’t forget to tell me your URL if you want a backlink. It could be fun to get all these images together. Pourquoi pas?

All levels welcome. Preferably your own work. Ongoing Project, no deadline. Please spread the word & pass on the invitation! Everyone welcome.

See the growing collection here :
Paintings of Painters Painting : Drawings of Draughts-Persons Drawing

Painting Holiday Student Testimonial

An ex-student has recently written a testimonial about her experience on one of the Chateau Painting Holidays France which I run twice a year. You can read it here on her blog :

http://asketchintime.blogspot.com/2008/05/holiday-to-remember.html
http://asketchintime.blogspot.com/2007/08/here-are-some-pages-from-my-journal-i.html

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some photos of painting holiday students:



Steven Brookfield : ” The most important knowledge teachers need to do good work is a knowledge of how students are experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher’s actions.”

George Saville : “The vanity of teaching often tempteth a man to forget he is a blockhead.”

J-G.VIBERT ‘The Delights of Art’
1896
engraving
This is an illustration for his satrical short story ‘ The Delights of Art’ (The Century magazine, 1896), in which a sun beam discusses with the curtain the merits of the Cardinal’s éclatiste painting ( literally ”dazzlers’ being the name that some critics gave the Impressionists, with their brighter colour & extensive use of low tonal contrast). reproduced in John Cage ‘Colour & Culture’ pp.223.

Vernis de Vibert – Vibert’s Varnish for painting painting

Vibert also has a very good varnish named after him – Lefranc & Bourgouis, I think… Lovely shiny highly transparent varnish that makes the oil painting look wet & fresh. Ages well, I sometimes use it. Good degree of elasticity. I like to imagine that he made the recipe, like Isabey made the brushes, like Cotman made the watecolours… generic names or historical fact?

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YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNET COLLABORATIVE PROJECT….

Paintings of Painters Painting : Drawings of Draughts-Persons Drawing

All levels welcome, from genius to absolute beginner.

I thought it might be fun to gather together a few of the images from ‘Le Musée Imaginaire’ (André Malraux). Images of paintings of painters painting or drawings of draughts-persons drawing. Painting holidays or painting workshops are great occasions to practice this subject.

Do you have an artwork of this type of subject? I’m going to create a static web page for these when I’ve done a ’round-up’. If you’d like to be included, why not send me a web-ready image (72 dpi – 500 pixels largest dimension) (to me at blog365-at-artists-atelier.com), and I’ll include it. Don’t forget to tell me your URL if you want a backlink. It could be fun to get all these images together. Pourquoi pas?

All levels welcome. Preferably your own work. Ongoing Project, no deadline. Please spread the word & pass on the invitation! Everyone welcome.

Watercolour Pages on Website Updated

I’ve updated & organised two pages of watercolours on my artists-atelier.com website:

Watercolour Gallery 1 : Selected Recent Watercolours 2007 (18 images)
Watercolour Gallery 2 : Selected Recent Watercolours 2000 – 2006 (18 images)

I’ve only got a cranky, old, freebie, promotional copy of Dreamweaver 1, which is very buggy & difficult to use, so the work was slow.

Here are two images from the pages:

‘Tourette #2’ (view over the Dropt Valley)
2003
Watercolour.
56 x 76 cm Full sheet Arches
© The Artist.
sold

‘Albas # 1 ‘ (view over the Lot Valley),
2007
Quarter sheet Arches Rough 300 gms.
28 x38 cm
©

It’s kind of a relief, as this act of organising feels like the end of a long cycle of work. Most of them are already sold & gone. Sometimes difficult to get a clear & objective overview.And I tend to work in a what feels like a very stop start kind of way, due to all the other demands on my time : Dad to two young kids, restoring a house (roof to come off soon), running painting holidays, teaching locally & oil painting as well, not to mention my ‘how to paint’ book which is ambling along in a simular stop start way, with the usual fits of self-doubt.Keeping focus all the time isn’t always possible I find. Or one could say, being more generous, that Life bumbles along, so enjoy the ride & the fellow passengers that one finds oneself sharing the wagon with… things always take longer that I imagine. I also imagine some fabulous watercolours that have yet to be made apparent. Some day soon, I hope.
Beautiful watercolour.
Good to be busy with what one loves.
Stay wet.
Running two painting workshops here in South West France in 9 days time.

Drawings of a Guitar Player

Inigo 1
sanguine
A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.

Inigo 2
sanguine
A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.
Inigo 3
graphite
A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.

 Living a Creative Life – The Importance of Significant Others

Yesterday I spent the day with my old friend Inigo ROSE. One of the things I cherish about being an artist is the important friendships that sometimes happen between fellow artists (great rivalries, frail, over-sized egos & petty jealousies as well, it is true). Here in France, someone who has the métier is known as a ‘Conseour’ or ‘Confrére’. Progressing along a common path , albeit with differences & with different discoveries, different aims & different priorities. Good company stimulates creativity.

What we can can also learn is that it is up to us to reach towards multiple definitions of creativity and, in doing so, to rethink worn-out concepts of autonomy, compromise & success. It is not our intention to underestimate, or oversimplify, the exquisite complications of leading creative lives and living affective lives; nor do do we in any way mean to belittle the agonising lonliness of artistic & literary production. All of us involved in this book know the wrenching pain of sitting alone in front of a blank page or a blank canvas. But we also know that the story doesn’t end – or for that matter doesn’t begin – there.

– Whitney Chadwick and Isabelle de Courtivron, Introduction, ‘Significant Others – Creativity & Intimate partnership’ Thames & Hudson, 1996.

Inigo Rose
Lime Fresco Lime Fresco mounted on board
about 1994
about one meter
©

I meet him in Bath, UK about sixteen year ago. In 1995, he invited me down to his house in SW France for a season. We painted lots & lots. We also learnt so much of each other. Seeing him paint frescoes convinced me of:

  • The importance of learning from an artist with more painting experience than oneself.
  • Watching an artist paint (ie demonstrations).
  • Dialoguing with other artists (whom you esteem) about your aims, hopes, beliefs & more concretely, about your upcoming painting projects.
  • Having the courage to expose oneself to other artist’s opinions & feedback about your own paintings.
  • Creative thought & vision. Art isn’t just about technique. It’s also about self-expression & can have a playful aspect.

Here’s a picture of him in his atelier. Observe the sand, the spade & the cement mixer!

And here’s his official press-photo, slaking lime putty in California. Again note the spade… and I thought I had a thing about brushes??? 😉

Inigo ROSE, fresco artist

Inigo Rose paints frescoes. Proper frescoes in lime, the same technique as used in the Quattrocento in Italy & South West France. Inigo learnt the techniques in Italy from whom he says is the greatest living master. Note that the are NOT acrylic nor emulsion.


Inigo Rose
Fresco Sketches on the studio wall Inigo Rose
approx 1,5 x 1,5 metres
He’s also plays the guitar & is a well-known yoga teacher. Philosopher, he’s just come back from the Amazon jungle, where he studied the shamans. Free-spirit, he’s an ‘international person’, having lived in many countries (England, west coast of USA, Italy). Convivial personality, he believes in creativity in all spheres of life, including friendship & just having fun.


‘Taurus – Wheel of Life’
Inigo Rose
Lime Frescoe on wall in SW England
about four metres
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