Is Art Dull?


Maybe the answer to that is pretty simple: Not if you’re doing it right.

However, like everything, it’s bound to be more complicated than that! There are 2 aspects of art, at least as I see it: It’s creation (inspiration, preparation and execution) and then what people see (hear or read in the case of other art forms) at the end of the process.

The hope, of course, is that the latter is certainly not dull, I’d have to give up if that were the case, although I have no doubt many people do find my art dull.  Mind you, the diversity of taste is a whole other topic!

I guess, my main thought here is that, in order for the output to be good and interesting, does the creative process also have to be?

My instinct says no, is Hamlet any worse off for Shakespeare never going to Denmark? However, I find that my art comes from my experiences, that’s why most of my paintings show the British countryside, mostly seen on walks. If I haven’t seen it, I don’t paint it!


This picture, is of me gathering reference for new paintings here in Costa Rica, as we’re fortunate enough to have the opportunity for an extended stay in this incredible country.



This will give me experiences that are totally different to those I would have back in the UK. To see a new culture ShopsWrecked House





and a new side of nature, we’ve never seen before.

Cloud Forest

The hope is that all these new experiences will feed into the art I’m going to create whilst out here, and boy do I intend to paint out here! The great thing is that as we’re staying here for a while I’m going to be able to paint here. So, rather than take loads of photos and create the art back home in the studio, I get to paint surrounded by the culture and nature I’m trying to capture.

Only time will tell if this creates art any better, or more worthy, than what I’ve done before!

Watch this space…

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