What Makes a Painting Good?

What is it that makes a good painting? Oh my goodness. I’m stumped. But not for long! As I gather my whirring thoughts, I see my initial confusion is because it can be many, many things, and every person will have their own ideas of what makes a good painting for them. I think first of what doesn’t, for me, make a good painting. I’m not much bothered about the technicalities. Although it’s mildly interesting to read what paint, for instance, an artist uses, they could use the most expensive paint in the whole world and it wouldn’t matter a jot if the painting didn’t sing to me. And I’m not hugely gripped by the provenance of a painting – where the idea came from, what the artist was feeling,

Summer Magic

Aren’t paintings and music amazing? A friend and fellow artist emailed me a beautiful new painting that made me tingle – I could just feel the magic of the flowers as though they were there, shining in the sun, growing right in front of me. They became the first line of a poem that wrote itself (with just a little inexpert help from me). I wanted an unusual rhyme for daisies and although Google didn’t really help it did point me in the direction of a Bob Dylan song I didn’t know called Winterlude. Three clicks later and the song was playing on YouTube and the lyrics were on the screen. Just lovely, and although it didn’t give me an unusual rhyme it did give me a line – though I swapped gras

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