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  • What makes art, art?

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    Monet's 'The Poppy Field'... beautiful, but does it have a deeper meaning?

    When it comes to art, it's very easy for those on the outside looking in to judge a piece of work based on its superficial merits: the brush strokes, tonal range, colour choice and other elements.

    But does it go deeper than that? Is all art painted or drawn for a reason, a purpose? Does all art have a deeper meaning?

    This is somewhat of a 'loaded' question, and we'll by no means try to provide a definitive answer, but what do you think? Continue reading

  • Why do people think they can’t paint?

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    Anyone can learn to paint!

    If you ask people you meet if they can paint or draw, you'd probably find that around 9 out of 10 will say that they can’t. Not that they haven’t learnt or have never practiced, but that they can’t - and more often than not it is said with some conviction. It seems that some believe you have to be ‘born' an artist to be able to paint a picture, but that's simply not the case.

    Strangely, people expect to be able to draw and paint instantly, naturally, with no tuition and with no practice. If they can’t then they deem themselves failures. Those same people wouldn’t for a minute expect to be able to sit down at the piano and play Mozart without training and practice, so how and why have we arrived at this point with art? Continue reading

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