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Rhys
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 06:02 am:   

I'm not an artist, not even remotely. However last Friday I had a go at my first oil painting.

I had no idea what it was going to be when I started it. I'm still not entirely sure, but it looks a lot like a whale.

When I began work on it I realised how difficult oil painting really is. My initial daubings looked like a pasta sauce stain. But somehow it all came together and this is the result:

my first oil painting
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 06:20 am:   

Whoops! Rather large...

Will try to reduce size!

smaller version
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 06:40 am:   

Rhys: Have you ever seen that Henry Miller book -- Paint What You Like And Die Happy? What does this painting you've made have to do with "bad?" Go for it!
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 09:00 am:   

Everything to do with bad, good sir!

And I just can't seem to make images small enough to fit on the screen. :-(
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AT
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 04:27 am:   

I hope you never aspire otherwise. After all, Thurber aspired once (with some shading on a cartoon, so don't you think: bernaise sauce will improve it!), and was quite properly told, 'If you ever became good, you would be mediocre.' One must conclude that if he became very good, he would be very mediocre.

And now that I've been able to walk around this oil painting, I can say for a fact, Rhys, no one can acHughes you of mediocrity. In fact, this oil painting is not very mediocre at all.
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 05:06 am:   

Thanks. I may attempt a second painting later this week which will not only be "not very mediocre" but not very credible too!

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