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3 Months On

3 months! What? Has it really been 3 months since my last blog post? That’s odd, nobody has complained. Oh well, at least I can offer a modicum of news. So, here goes… Website The annual subscription to my website…

Keep It Simple

Painting from photos: my approach Although I mostly work from photographs, which I take myself, I try to avoid copying the photo(s) too literally. I talked about this in an earlier blog post where I asked if it’s OK to…

Line And Wash

Line and wash Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of line and wash work. If you’re unsure what ‘line and wash’ is, let me explain that it’s a combination of line drawing and watercolour painting. This has a long tradition…

Look Back

Look Back I think it can be useful, sometimes, to look back over your work. For at least 10 years, I’ve kept an image archive of my paintings, photographing them just after they’re finished. Or most of them, anyway. The…

Ken Young Golden Planet

Golden Planet

Moon landing OK. So yesterday was the 50th anniversary of that stunning achievement, the first landing on the Moon’s surface by American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. It’s been marked, justifiably, by TV news, documentaries and specials all around…

The Art Of Watercolour

The magazine I have two long shelves filled with books on watercolour painting and on art more generally. I also buy and collect art magazines, chief among them a French publication (translated into English) named The Art of Watercolour. I’ll…

Ken Young End Of A Golden Day

Driven To Abstraction

Title While I was wondering what title to give this post, the phrase “driven to abstraction” jumped into my head and rattled around. A moment later, I realised I’d made a mistake, since the phrase is actually “driven to distraction”.…

Ken Young Inchkeith Evening

Is It OK To Paint From Photos?

Here's my answer. Painting from photos In my time, I’ve produced a handful of paintings from sketches I’ve made. Maybe several more than that from my imagination – abstracts, mainly. I don’t paint much from real life either. Painting outdoors,…

Ken Young 20 Zone

Going Square

Don’t be a square When I was a teenager, ‘square’ was a slang word for someone who was old-fashioned, or out of touch. According to an online thesaurus, synonyms include fogey, conservative, traditionalist, conventionalist, diehard, conformist, bourgeois, museum piece, fossil,…

Ken Young Glass Half Full

Stirling Art Club

Two evenings ago, I had the pleasure of giving a demo (a painting demonstration) to the members of Stirling Art Club. Venue The venue was a function hall at a community centre in the St Ninians district of the historic…

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