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Pushing back

At the top of the staircase at the National Gallery in Budapest hangs what many agree to be the last Hungarian historical painting. Commissioned for Budapest’s bicentennial and finished in 1896, it depicts the moment two hundred years earlier when the troops of the Holy League, led by Commander Prince Charles of Lorraine, took the city back after 150 years under Turkish rule. At over 23 feet long and 11 feet high, the painting puts me at eye level with the iridescent pink flag and golden boots of an unknown colour guard, who has been crushed beneath the slain body of the Turkish pasha Ali Abdurrahman. They lay strewn across the painting’s almost dead-centre foreground....Read On

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    Indulge your love of painting at this still life painting workshop set in the beautiful French countryside. The focus will be on improving foundation skills through demonstrations, exercises and one-on-one instruction. Learn in an intimate atmosphere under expert instruction complemented by the renowned Circle of Missé hospitality. You will find it wonderfully inspiring and relaxing.

     

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    I am very happy to be teaching two workshops at Casa Buena Art Retreat Center again next year.  Register for one or stay for both.

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