None of us were born with a pencil and Leonardo da Vinci’s art education – not even Leonardo himself. Yet, many of us, including me, oggle at the masters’ artworks and grumble about how we can never be that good. Do we ever see the blood, sweat and tears behind those masterpieces? Do we know what each of those great artists had to overcome to get where their careers finally took them? In many cases, the only factors separating success and failure is the determination to learn from failure and pick everything up and try again.
An attempt at a foggy forest. Watercolour on A4 watercolour paper. A good exercise in atmospheric perspective and despite a few faults, I’m quite happy with it. Just need to remember watercolour works light to dark in contrast to acrylics which work dark to light (and are much more forgiving).
One of the beauties of travelling in winter is the mercurial weather. There be sun, rain, and everything in between. Of course, I speak of the weather in Southern Australia as I am familiar with little else, but in my experience the lighting can be wonderous. The sun, when it is available, is at a […]
Since my first digital camera back in 2002, I have been gathering photos. Whenever we went out, travelled on holiday or simply wandered around the garden, my camera hasn’t been far from me. More recently with the increasing capabilities of the smart phone camera, I’ve had its basic capabilities at hand even closer. And then […]
One of the hardest things for me to do when creating is to let go. I’m naturally a control freak, nitpicker, worry wart, overthinker, pedantic pain in the butt. I focus on detail, and despite my skill level being far from being able to create the photographic perfection some artists can manage, it doesn’t stop […]
Kwik and kwirky tonight. This be a kookaburra. This be an earworm to any and all Aussies (and, according to Wikipedia, a good percentage of the world at large). ‘Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree Merry, merry, king of the bush is he. Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra, Gay your life must be.’ And the […]