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New Zealander,adopted by Australia. Never realised I had any creativity until I swapped Latin for art. My great art school teacher encouraged me to try for Fine arts diploma and attend university. A blink later I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. Thought you just sketched frocks not have to draft patterns etc!!Both my father and teacher all but disowned me when I and decided painting faces (makeup) was my thing. Makeup is a form of art I think.

Can't really remember anything I learnt formally. So I am basically self teaching my way along.I probably get caught up in too much detail as I paint with canvas board on my lap watching TV,playing music and eating chocolates!

My greatest influences were Pietro Annigoni.His charcoal series of faces..the haunting eyes. Then Mago.. Mago (Maurizio Goracci)

I am so blessed to have stumbled on this website.So many extremely talented people who are so giving of their time,constructive feedback and direction.I am learning so much. Thank you PIL from the bottom of my heart.Because of you, and your generous comments I have come to believe in myself a little more... and maybe my paintings are half ok. Warm wishes to you all and thanks for including me in this wonderful PIL family...Margaret :)
Member since September 2009, and a Gold Member.
Are you aware of assistant dogs (apart from seeing eye dogs) and the magic therapy they are for people with PTSD plus any tips for painting black dogs?
Latest comment Beautiful, love the sweet face turned up...the eyes flowing with love, the little red collar and the white fluffy chest. So cute! The blue blanket in the soft folds...just pure perfection....these... Brenda Forsey
Are they any of Asian heritage that can sugget an appropiate title for this work ?
Did I succeed what I venued out to do?
Do you createa painting then have to find a meaning for it or the other way around ?
Have you ever painted an unsual animal couple ?
Have you ever tried to use the work of the old masters to step outside your comfort zone ?
Have I captured my long loved poem in an abstract way ?
Were you ever committed to some learning actuvity by your parents when you were young and really...

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As I am not totally happy with this commission I am currently creating a face only painting for this person as an alternative. Would you do the same ?
Dear Alan it's always a challenge to make commisions, but I think you have nothing to be afraid of as it's a glorious painting. When I started writing this... view answer
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