Painting over rust

art, painting
According to John Singer Sargent, “A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth”. I know precisely what he means. Over the recent Christmas break I decided that I’d make an effort to get back to painting again. It came as a shock to realise that I hadn’t painted at all in more than twelve years – how did that happen? – and I’ve recently begun to feel quite keenly the loss of not painting anymore. Determined to strike while the iron is hot, I popped down the artshop to buy a few essentials and returned to my study full of vim and an eagerness to simply get stuck in. In the times when I did used to paint and draw regularly it was largely figurative work that…
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