Author Archives: hArt

About hArt

Anglo Costa Rican artist who likes to tell stories.

Mary Undoer of Knots

A friend introduced me to Mary Undoer of Knots.  You may have seen the baroque painting by Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner (pictured below) showing the Blessed Virgin Mary surrounded by angels untying a long ribbon with her foot on a knotted snake, … Continue reading

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Lavender Energy

I was inspired to create this painting after listening to Bob Proctor’s abundance meditation. He talks of a ‘beautiful cleansing lavender energy’ and it invoked this power image. I shared this meditation with my friend Dumle Kogbara, a writer and … Continue reading

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St Jude – Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases and Lost Causes

  I came across St. Jude by accident; I was flicking through a copy of the parish bible when the novena prayer to St. Jude fell into my hands.  I was going through a difficult time trying to sell my … Continue reading

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How to Draw a Monkey

  I’ve finished editing a new beginner’s art tutorial: How To Draw A Monkey.  In this one I teach how to recreate a simple version of the monkey which appears in my illustration for the children’s picture book, The Difficult … Continue reading

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The Camino de Santiago de Compostela – An Artist’s Path

“What made you want to do the Camino?” A question posed countless times, and even after five weeks and walking nearly 800 km of the 9th Century pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela, I still … Continue reading

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The Seven Golden Odes

When I was first asked to illustrate a book about The Seven Mu’Allaqat, I must confess I knew very little about them.  The Seven Mu’Allaqat are the most important works of pre-Islamic Arabian poetry and are often referred to as … Continue reading

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Beginners Tutorial – How to Draw a Horse

Following on from my last tutorial on how to draw a horse’s head, I was asked if I would do a beginners lesson on the same subject.  This one focuses on how to represent the dimensions and composition accurately with … Continue reading

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How to Draw a Horse’s Head

Horses are one of my favourite animals as I have been riding since the age of three.  My best friend from the age of six was even more passionate about horses than I was and when she moved away to … Continue reading

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How to Draw and Paint a Rose

Roses are one of the most beautiful and romantic flowers.  This is a technique for creating an attractive image of a rose in a short amount of time and without having to be too precise.  I use a watercolour wash … Continue reading

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How to Draw Still Life

Still life is a great way to improve every aspect of your drawing technique.  It improves your ability to observe and then record what you see accurately.  It is also an accessible activity and one that you can set up … Continue reading

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