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Charles Harris
The lost secrets of Classical Art: Joseph Farquharson landscapes

The lost secrets of Classical Art: Joseph Farquharson landscapes

DEAR READER, in the recent article about Raeburn, I described the best Scottish Portrait Painter.  This time I wish to discuss our best Scottish landscape painter, Joseph Farquharson.   As a painter he will be familiar ...

Charles Harris
Spring brings new colour to our lives

Spring brings new colour to our lives

SPRING FIRST ARRIVED in the glen of ice and fire with early sunlight and cold days, followed by fierce winds, blown snow.

For days I had happily painted a fiery sun arising under ...

Charles Harris
The Ronaldo Portrait: Why do grown men and women put up with this?

The Ronaldo Portrait: Why do grown men and women put up with this?

DEAR FRIENDS, happily the story arrives this time as a result of social media criticism, which obliged the mainstream media to report it too, albeit reluctantly. I refer to the amazement and proper criticism as Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled a supposed ...

Charles Harris
The erosion of our values needs challenged at every level

The erosion of our values needs challenged at every level

I should like to mention a tribute to those who unfairly suffered in the extremist tragedy at Westminster, and I hope our prayers are heard for those who are still suffering, or lost in grief. 

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Vivian Linacre
First was FAITH, followed by BELIEF, then KNOWLEDGE, until finally AWARENESS

First was FAITH, followed by BELIEF, then KNOWLEDGE, until finally AWARENESS

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things ...

Hugh Andrew
Edinburgh's New town – when silence is not golden

Edinburgh's New town – when silence is not golden

TWO HUNDRED and fifty years ago in 1767 something extraordinary began in Scotland. The foundation stone of James Craig’s New Town of Edinburgh was laid. From that simple act flowed a city that is both ...

Charles Harris
The lost secrets of Classical Art: Sir Henry Raeburn and portraiture

The lost secrets of Classical Art: Sir Henry Raeburn and portraiture

Dear Readers,

LAST WEEK I began with an introduction to this new series of The Lost Secrets of Classical Art and presented an important first secret. For, in those words of a ...

Vivian Linacre
The long interval

The long interval

THE INTERVAL at any theatrical performance is usually marked by the fall of a curtain, to be raised again at the start of the next act. Nothing of note occurs during the interval, which is merely a ...

Charles Harris
Lost secrets of classical art and the subsequent failure of modern art

Lost secrets of classical art and the subsequent failure of modern art

AS WITH ALL SECRETS, to have value they have to be respected. So I will begin this new series with an introduction to provide background before we go next to study a famous Raeburn portrait ...

David Hoey
Taxi for Ireland! It's make your mind up time on #IRExit for the Irish Republic

Taxi for Ireland! It's make your mind up time on #IRExit for the Irish Republic

THERE IS a good case to be made for welcoming the opportunities that Brexit offers Northern Ireland business. Down South, the mood has changed from believing Brexit would never happen, to seeing it ...

Charles Harris
An artists's diary: Winter in the wild

An artists's diary: Winter in the wild

THE SUN arose that morning blazing above the overnight snow, all afire under a layer of thick purple cloud. 

At first the glowing sun spread low, turning the edges of that lower cloud ...

Charles Harris
Art that denies reason defies reality – and denies life

Art that denies reason defies reality – and denies life

DEAR READERS, Thank you for your enthusiastic responses. This time I thought I would enclose a number of them with my thanks and hope I have presented the best of everybody's ideas accordingly. Personally, I do ...