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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…

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.…

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