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Happy New Year 2019

Last Night Peggie and I didn’t stay up very late last night. One dram of whisky was enough for me. I was in bed around 12.30 after the two of us saw in the New Year together. However, this morning…

Ken Young Apple In A Glass

That’s Just Weird

Weird or Quirky? That’s just weird – that was the unflattering opinion of my 12-year-old granddaughter, Charli, on the idea for this painting. She’d spotted the painting at an early stage, when there was only the black background and white…

Ken Young Lothian Road

Avoiding Gutenberg

WordPress 5.0 I built this site using WordPress, which is the world's most popular website management system. Yesterday morning, WordPress upgraded itself to a new version, 5.0. That might have been fine in itself, but they went and included a…

Ken Young It Takes Allsorts

St Andrew’s Day

Today, November 30th, is St Andrew’s Day, which is marked “with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance,” according to Wikipedia. Sad to say, most Scots don’t even notice it. I’m as much a culprit…

Taking A Break

I’ve been taking a little break from painting. I haven’t so much as lifted a paintbrush since August, in fact. I just took a scunner to it and decided it was high time to recharge my artistic batteries. Scunner If…

Ken Young Mug

Who Are We Painting For?

So, who are we artists painting for? Do we do it for ourselves? Friends and family? Potential buyers? For posterity, even? My new mug My pic is of a mug that my wife just bought for me. I appreciate the…

Ken Young Artbox

Feeling Virtuous

Last Wednesday, around 9.20 pm, when I locked the door of Dalgety Bay Art Club behind me, it was the end of the “back-to-basics” art courses that I’d been running, on and off, since the start of 2016. Mixed feelings…

Ken Young Newhaven Moorings

Going Wrong

Anguish If you’re an artist, you’ll know the anguish I’m about to describe. You’re well into a painting and you realise it’s going wrong. Sometimes it’s due to a single, disastrous mistake. Or, over time, you become totally dissatisfied with…

Ken Young 2 Trees

Experimenting

In my last post, I talked about painting a bit more experimentally. As it happens – and it’s only a coincidence – I’ve been giving my Wednesday evening class some lessons in mixed media painting. Going experimental My featured painting…

Ken Young IWM

International Watercolour Masters

On 28th/29th April, I attended the International Watercolour Masters exhibition at Weston Park, Staffordshire, along with my friends Colin Joyce and David Gough. Opening weekend The opening weekend was quite something. Too many visitors crowded into the venue’s limited space,…

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