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Welcome to my Philosophy page.             

This is my Art Philosophy:

In an age of advanced reliance upon technology, the concept of the virtual, and emphasized materialism, artists have the chance to offer opportunities for contemplation or relaxation. We can help to maintain links with Nature. We can create awareness of humanity. In times of

depression, loss, insecurity...the arts can provide release or comfort.

   We may use computers to promote our projects and true Art is not just for a clique. True Art is for everybody to share.

  Beyond my little studio is the far greater one, so remember the likes of me when you want to dump some rubbish or litter, or cut down a tree.

Love and respect the work of art that is our world. Teach and share compassion for all our fellows, including members of other species.

Then let us not be left all alone....!!


1/. Outside examination room......"Joe Bloggs pipes up and says, 'You revised thingy- whatsits?' Of course, you haven't. You've done do-dars and those-thems, but you've not checked up on thingy-whatsits. You panic and grab your notes for a quick scan, but the doors open - and why have they suddenly grown to cathedral proportions? When you go in and glance at the old paper, thingy-whatsits are nowhere to be found. You

now go blank. What was that about do-dars?! You should never listen to Joe Bloggs when he starts behaving like he did today. He was probably only trying to wind you up." 

2/." It was my first visit to a particular Essex bungalow, one full of space and light; furnishings including cut glass chandeliers, mirrors, Chinese rugs. Talk was full of introduction, encouragement, reassurance. Coffee flowed and before long Nature signalled to me in the inevitable way.

    I excused myself and was directed to the bathroom. Things looked clean. Unlike a few locations, a towel was available for use. Young male voices could be heard with some activity going on in the back yard. At conclusion of main closet business, I arose to the clear call of 

'wolf whistling'. My temperature climbed at speed as I struggled to secure my Jeans. Panic set in at the sound of the refrain being repeated: window was wide open.

    Once securely attired, I dared to take a cautious look out of the window. There, out in the yard was an extremely large bell-shaped cage in which sat one African grey parrot who was whistling contentedly in the sunshine..."

Sections in the book: 'Down to Earth', 'Tutor Calling!', 'Branching Out!',  'On the Air', 'Selected Examples', 'Archives', 'Got the Idea?', 'Answers to Sample Exercises'......  Also see notes for this book which are lower down this website page (written 2017).

Scroll down lower on this page to follow the story of "Dove-Dove"

 over time.


"True Dove", Episode 12:

    Now to the food and drink provision within the precious box. Earlier, I had nursed him mostly with easy to eat budgie mix with just a few other things. Eventually, the main diet would be wild bird mix as favoured by his relatives fed outdoors. Some budgie seed would be mixed in. Whole nuts and certain other things were removed to prevent choking. What is more, being inside a lot would not require him to eat as for outside winter survival. Like us all, he had favourites, these supplied within the main mix or separately. Sunflower seed hearts were the absolute delight!

    If outside at elderberry time, I could hold him up to look at the bunches of fruit. I tried to tempt him with my picked blackberries, holding the odd one in my left palm:"Mr Woodpigeon likes these. Foster Mummy have it then?" Imagine my delight one day, when he displayed a preference for the elder! He reached out his bill, picked his first off the tree and swallowed. It was as though he had done so over many years. Dove-Dove was naturally taking berries from a tree, like a bird on a branch - but he was in my hand, so we were sharing an experience where I was feeling like the guest. Of all the berries of Nature's bounty around our home or visited places, the elder won for my dear friend. He would still watch me consume the occasional blackberry as well. Two chums were together.

Tune in for next "episode/extract" about Dove-Dove later....There will be useful ideas included for wild and pet bird care. I will also publish the whole thing round again. I last updated this 21/Nov/2020

Martine Norman 2013/14.[Epilogue 2017]


    "It's a Tutor's Life."...noted within own copy.