Author Archives: markpickles

About markpickles

Writer and Artist: www.markpickles.co.uk

Painting of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant – 3 June 2012

Following a bit of a creative hiatus I’ve now completed what I think is my best painting since I launched myself in the art business nearly a year ago.    I think my two City-of-London paintings would make a great … Continue reading

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Realist painting versus photography

There are some very good ‘photo-realist’ artists around, who render photographs in oil paint or other media, aiming for near-perfect copies.  Whilst this requires very skilled craftsmanship, it is not my idea of art:  the creative process has all been … Continue reading

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Lucca – Mai 2012

Merci à toutes et à Marco.

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La contrainte, c’est la liberté !

A French friend once told me that ‘constraint is freedom’.  Well-travelled, she leads groups of artists on travel-sketching holidays.  She always sets constraints, such as : “you have 30 minutes, and you must choose a subject between here and the … Continue reading

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Painting the Square Mile

When I’m painting something, be it a portrait, landscape, skyscape or cityscape, I like to ‘get under the skin’ and find out what’s going on. Why are those clouds the shape they are? Why do those bare twigs make the … Continue reading

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Just a sketch

John: artist and philosopher. A quick sketch before venturing out to the pub to put the world to rights.

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Rainbow

I bought this rainbow trout this morning and couldn’t resist trying another quick still life. Working with fresh fish I am obliged to work quicker than I usually do: artists can’t afford to to let food go off ! And … Continue reading

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