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"Just to paint is great fun. The colours are
lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out."
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I am so eager for colour these days. Our corner of the world is still in late winter snow pile brown. As you know, we've had spring bulbs coming up in pots in the garage, and we've been bringing them in and setting in our front window. They've been a real boon these past few weeks. Even so, mine eyes and soul doth feel colour deficient. I am so ready for a crayon box filled with shades of spring green, apple blossom pink, hyacinth blue, jonquil yellow, lilac, peony, and fuchsia. Just to name a few.
Sir Winston Churchill was a man who appreciated his colours. In his forties, he took up painting with 'gusto', partly to deal with the black dog of depression that hounded him; partly to relieve his mind from the many pressing political issues of his day; and mainly, I want to think, because he was passionate about playing with colour. He considered painting a 'joy ride in a paintbox'. I'm not a painter, but I just love the imagery of that! I totally feel the creative response to a childlike delight in colour....let's just roll the windows down and head into blue-skied sunshine.
"A heightened sense of the observation of nature is one of the
chief delights that has come to me through trying to paint."
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see."
WINSTON CHURCHILL, Painting as a Pastime
Churchill published a delightful volume in 1948 entitled Painting as a Pastime. It includes his delightful essay and a small selection of his paintings. When hubby and I visited Churchill's beloved home Chartwell a few summers ago, I found a print of the oil painting titled 'Mallows'. I have it on display on my desk.
The book was recently republished, so if you're interested in it, you can find it HERE.
Painting as a Pastime (1948)
by Winston S. Churchill
"I must say I like bright colours. . . .I cannot pretend to feel impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject. But then I shall require a still gayer palette than I get here below. I expect orange and vermilion to be the darkest, dullest colours upon it, and beyond them there will be a whole range of wonderful new colours which will delight the celestial eye."
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"I do not presume to explain how to paint,
but only how to get enjoyment."
Wishing you a beautiful day. Stay safe!