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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…

Ken Young Boat With Green Hull

Where Did January Go?

End of January already It’s the end of January already and this is only my second blog post of the month. Incredibly, it seems like no time at all since I wished you a Happy New Year. What have I…

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 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…

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