The tutor Paul Banning asked us what makes a painting-, colours, shapes, and... what else? One student answered, "Light". Furthermore, I would like to add, "Time". However, I abstained from answering then and there because I couldn't get my ideas in order promptly.
We want to "stop" important moments of passing time, such as the springtime of life, the growth period of our beloved children, or the golden years with our partner. But we can't. So we try to record the time by painting pictures. I value paintings above photos on the grounds that any photo lose their luster, even they are taken by a great photographer of the day, using his high end, expensive equipment. Not wishing to overstate this, but paintings can establish not only the time the subject was painted but also the painter's personality, feelings, and interpretation very well. Incidentally, all paintings will eventually disintegrate and disappear over time. But words and poetry will survive, and stay fresh,-since, old, long, times-"Auld Lang Syne"!
I had been trying to capture the dramatic sunset, but I couldn't, so I changed my direction and painted the Cape of Coconuts. If things seem to get "bogged down", it's a good idea to try a new departure. Don't chase a picture too hard; it can blind you from seeing a nice neighboring scene!
I was trying to look on the bright side of wintery London, even though the weather was densely dull and cloudy. It eased my guilty conscience by pub crawling from the morning. I looked in at the "Stonewater" book store in Piccadilly Circus in the morning, and bought a copy of 'London Pub Walks' which was published by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. I read it in the in-store lounge. I picked out "The Royal Oak" pub near London Bridge and went there. There were a bunch of regular, elderly customers perched on the bar stools. The ale and sardines I had there were very fresh, substantial and the price was very reasonable.
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