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Gerard Burns: “Prophet and Loss” I have found this second inspiration piece to be a real challenge. My friend Elisabeth chose this quirky and challenging painting by Scottish artist Gerard Burns. I didn’t know anything about Burns, but have since learned that one of his paintings hangs in the First Ministers office in Holyrood. (Scottish…

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  • martin

    Well done,working within the confines of your limited studio space. But why don’t I have as much cash as the Burn’s guy; then again money can’t buy you love.

Patrick William Adam: John Miller Gray, 1850 – 1894. Art critic and first curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery1885 Born in Edinburgh Scotland in 1854, Patrick William Adam once said that he “was inspired to paint by the lush emerald landscapes of his homeland. The son of a well-known lawyer, Patrick chose a career…

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  • Hi Matthew,
    What a brilliant idea and I really like your first in this series. I love the lighting and the chiaroscuro effect on William’s profile, and the fall-off towards the bottom left. I like the rich tones and the bits of blue echoing his t-shirt pull it together well. A really lovely portrait…roll on ‘B’!!

  • Thanks again Julie, your observations are always so encouraging.

  • Very cool idea, Matthew! Look forward to the rest of the alphabet. Good Luck!