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This is Dean writing. My cousin Ray and I have an interest in art and creativity. We’ve decided to pool our skills for some collaborative work together. The first project will focus on the beautiful beach town of Sandown, on the Isle of Wight. Sandown is going through considerable change and development. It’s historic grandeur is evident in the beautiful architecture, much of which is Victorian. This collection aims to take a… Read More

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It has been several months since I have reported on The Art Shack.  As a group, we have been unable to meet since December.  This has been due to the death of my beautiful mum and then the onset of the Coronavirus in the UK and all of the disruption that it has brought to our lives across the country. This does not mean, however, that individual group members have not been… Read More

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     I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic.  Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980’s!  At the last meeting of the little art group, created with friends, earlier this month, I painted what was to be the background wash (is that even what you call it when using acrylic?) and I was pleased with how… Read More

     A few days ago, I received a telephone call from from my lovely cousin, telling me that her mum had died!  This was a complete shock, not least of all to my cousin, for her mum had shown no signs of anything suggesting that this awful event was imminent.  My aunt was such a vibrant person; so very alive and filled with the spark of mischief and adventure.  Only days… Read More

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     At almost 2am, I have been hit by a flash of inspiration.  I’ve then gone ahead and written a scene filled with wonderful characters set within the most perfect setting.  Something I am incredibly pleased about; a character that I have been writing about for a few years but have not had the right project to put her into, will fit absolutely beautifully into this newly born novel!  Finally, she… Read More

In my latest practice at portraiture, I thought I would try to paint my sister-in-law. She won’t thank me for the end result; something of a caricature and an image that is probably of a version of her twenty years older than she actually is!  That said, I rather like the end result because, for me, it captures her sense of fun.  Anyway, it’s in the eye of the beholder so we… Read More

     The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was comfortable.  As a team of people who had also the bonds of family and/or friendship between us, we had enjoyed a lovely meal, a few drinks, a lot… Read More

From my You Tube channel.  I have a neurological, genetically inherited condition called Prosopagnosia.  Have you heard of it?  Take a look at my vlog to learn more. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.