A small, exquisite summer…

It’s turning out to be a small but exquisite summer. I am fascinated by the miniature. In particular, I’ve taken up the eccentric habit of picking wildflowers and weeds from the side of the pavements I walk on close to my home. You don’t need a huge budget to buy flowers at some overpriced store. […]

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Sumer is icumen in….

Sumer is icumen in, Loude sing cuckou! Groweth seed and bloweth meed, And springth the wode now. Sing cuckou! Ewe bleteth after lamb, Loweth after calve cow, Bulloc sterteth, bucke verteth, Merye sing cuckou! Cuckou, cuckou, Wel singest thou cuckou: Ne swik thou never now! The cuckoo song, c. 1240, Middle English part song.

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The subject will be … roses.

April, nearly May already!  And two exciting events are just around the corner:  My first post-winter trip to Toronto’s St Lawrence Market tomorrow to see what flowers, if any, the Taylor family have brought in; and the planning and planting of my balcony garden. This of course means more flower images.  “What on earth do […]

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How the Internet Leads Emerging Artists Astray – Part 3 :- The Myth of Originality

In parts 1 and 2, I suggested that social media and an Internet presence generally are important – but not at the expense of having a good, old-fashioned real-world presence and strategy as the primary pipeline for marketing and establishing a network. Here in Part 3, I suggest that a focus on “originality” and being […]

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How the Internet Leads Emerging Artists Astray – Part 2 :- Centers of Influence, Points of Power

I recently read an article by a marketing guru who stated that to bullet-proof your career you need 100 collectors. One hundred collectors!  Not just buyers, mind you, who might just want your piece to match the drapes: Serious art collectors who repeatedly turn to you to augment their collections. I’m going to lie down […]

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