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Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Portrait of the artist as a young man.
One of the most interesting aspects of being a painter is looking back at your own work after 'decades'. It may sound unbelievable, but I have even been shown old stuff of mine that I completely failed to recognise.
Old portraits and landscapes are always fascinating. To see how things have changed through your own 'painters' eyes, is always far more poignant than looking through the work of others, or even photography.
For example, my children love this old student-days self-portrait. It reminds them of when THEY were young, carefree, and did childhood things. I suppose it takes them back to a time when they remember me as a young dad. Of us moving out here to France. Buying a big old farmstead. Of me being totally irresponsible.
I, on the other hand, look at it and wonder what on earth happened to all those years between when I sat lazily painting it..... and now!
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!