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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 24:

    After that experience of the disappearance off the bed, books were carefully placed... Gaps were checked or closed. If Dove-Dove was left there in semi freedom, I would check up on him more frequently.

    Remember about Dove-Dove's love of the car? Sometimes, we would drive to Abberton Reservoir. Since Dove-Dove's time, the artificial lake has been greatly expanded with a larger visitor centre and much more nature reserve at one end. I often paint there.

    We would drive Dove-Dove to the lower causeway which offered wonderful views in different directions, including towards Layer Marney Tower. Waterfowl and other birds would gather all around us as people would stop to watch, rest, record, photograph, or stroll up and down. For my dear chum, this was truly the great outdoors. The "big-big pond" was edged by woodland and agricultural land. Moods changed with the weather or time of year. Needless to say, my companion was an added attraction. On one occasion, I walked further along the lane to hold him over a gate. Unlike our local school's gate to playing field, this had different beings strolling around behind it. This was the first time that Dove-Dove encountered sheep. How his head turned and nodded!


     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 10/April/2021

Martine Norman 2013/14.[Epilogue 2017]


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