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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 (2017).

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

 over time.


"True Dove", episode 16:

       I would explain to questioning folk of all ages, all about the bird's care. He could not activate the gland to preen, though he could reach to tidy his feathers a bit. I would describe how I would wet him with only slightly warmed water prepared in a basin. A tiny drop of antibacterial soap with perhaps a tiny drop of ("naturally sourced") hair conditioner in the water would help. Dove-Dove would sit in one hand as I gently wetted and stroked with the other hand. Then he would dangle his feet in the water with my support. Then he would flap his wings. Then he knew all my moves for cleaning up in the room and gently blotting his tummy with tissue. There would be soft talk and kisses. He would even point to where I should flush away the tissue! People would hear how I  would carefully trim his nails due to his lifestyle, but also why these claws could be longer than usual to aid kicking off from the side of his box. I would explain how I similarly would care for his beak to aid eating. [Note that nail trimming needs experience or training, especially for small birds. You could catch the vein. Consult a vet?! Claws will be long and less worn down in a domestic environment with less abrasive surfaces.]

    "Oh, look at those lovely eyes..."

"I've never seen anything like this before..."

"You can stroke him if you like, but come slowly so he knows."

I would explain as to how after bath time, an old type of gentleman's shaving brush would be used to open and shape damp feathers; how drying held outside the open window and flapping in the sunshine could be good.

"Can't he fly?"!!



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 this18/May/2019.

Martine Norman 2013/14.[epilogue 2017]


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