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Seeing differently

There are some who see a great deal and some who see very little in the same things’.  T.H. Huxley

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If we could time travel back to our earliest formative years, when our world was a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes, we could regain our natural curiosity and love of colour and form.  

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After the formative years, we begin to see the world through the narrow definition that our culture has imposed upon us.

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Our heads can be filled with reasons why we should not, and cannot do something!

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Given the fast pace of our lives today, and the fact that most of us are plugged into technology of one kind or another, our collective senses have been deadened. 

Just as dancers and athletes exercise their limbs,  our eyes need to be exercised….so that we can begin to see the world around us in our own unique way. 

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The photographs in this post are of an old wooden table I used to do my water-colour painting on….Added to the wonderful paint stains are the lilies and their shadow play. 

‘I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive….’  Joseph Campbell. 

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Shadow play – Art in the Algarve

I am working on paintings inspired by my stay in Alhao, Portugal in April, where I was giving a workshop for Art in the Algarve – http://www.artinthealgarve.com

The facilities are excellent, with two lovely courtyards along with a well appointed studio.

I particularly enjoyed observing the shadow play on the walls of the courtyards where a beautiful olive tree added drama to the overall effect.

The following three watercolours emphasise the drama of the shadow play.

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Later in the week, I will show how I painted one of these images.

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