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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…

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 Crossing_95%

Black And Blue

Nearly finished My featured image shows my latest watercolour, about 98% complete. At this stage, the main colours are black and blue … not forgetting the light brown wash across the lower foreground. Is there more to this scene than…

Colin’s Studio

Colin Joyce Colin is a close friend of mine. He's also an artist, working in both oils and watercolours. Yesterday I spent most of the day painting alongside him. Colin's studio is a purpose-built wooden building behind his home in…

Ken Young Weathered Wall

Architectural Detail: Why I Paint It

A Favourite Subject One of my favourite types of subject to paint is architecture. Generally not entire buildings, you understand, just bits of them – what I call architectural detail. Okay, I know architectural detail doesn’t sound enthralling. It sounds…

Turner In January

The National Galleries of Scotland hosts an annual exhibition of watercolours by the famous 18th/19th century English artist, J M W Turner. The exhibition - called Turner in January - just ended its 2018 run. My friend Colin and I…

Ken Young All Ashore

What To Paint Next

The image shows my latest painting, All Ashore. I finished it last night. Click here to view it and read more about it in my Portfolio. I don't know how other painters feel about this issue I'm about to describe.…

Ken Young Outsider

Stages 3, 4 & 5: Outsider

In two earlier posts (New Year and Stage 2) I featured pics and descriptions of a still life of some cherries. Then I stopped work on the painting so that I could take it with me to my art club…

Ken Young Street Scene

The Demo Is In The Details

On Monday evening, I provided a painting demo (demonstration) at Dalgety Bay Art Club. The theme was "painting the details". I wanted to try out a new format. What usually happens at a club demo is that they ask you…

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