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Now it becomes what, how, which combination, what is the essence of the feeling and how do I paint (describe) it, how do I start? I had a folder here with great color schemes somewhere ... now which one was that ? How can I encapsulate the feeling, yet be subtle and convincing? What forms/ lines/textures/patterns/color/ can I apply?

But, just think; when it is all over - and if it all works out brilliantly, you can wildly celebrate, wake up hungover and start all over again.

Now where did I put that red folder with the picture of Englishman on safari in the pith helmet, the Las Vegas showgirl and that picture of the Florida swamp ... and the tree monkey ... actually this is the picture I am painting at the moment.

I reversed the explorer

My show girl needed a new face another headress and longer legs

OK, so now I have combined all the elements including a few others hidden in various places Plus a monkey and an duck ... when you are on a roll don't even hesitate!

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Now for the fun part ... a name! (but I always had someting in mind, you see, for one of my favourite paintings was Giorgione's 'The Tempest' - he died and neglected to name it, and for 400 years art historians have specualted as to the relationship between the two principal players!)

I toyed with 'Dr Livingstone decides to stay put and continue his African studies' or 'A sporting woman encounters a sporting man and looks away '... but then, like Giorgione, I thought it best not to be too deep.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Make up and label three folders using your own headings then spend some time trying to fill them.

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