In his studio


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The birthday of a lovely friend this week has me reminiscing about parietal art, sketching and daydreaming beneath an ancient olive tree, at Cortijo Romero, high in the Andalusian mountains.

Rembrandt’s self-portrait The Artist in His Studio’ famously has the painter’s eyes blacked out. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669, wanted to tell us that he painted what he saw ‘from the inside.’ It’s as though light and colour flowed from his soul, down the length of his paintbrush, leaping into place on canvas.

That’s where love comes from – from mellow warmth on the inside to glowing aura ‘inside out.’

When all your desires are distilled you will cast just two votes: 
to love more and to be happy - Hafiz

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