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Painting As a Pastime Hardcover – July 2, 2013
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Churchill writes in this essay that he took up the hobby of oil painting because he wearied himself in more serious matters on the world stage and needed a restorative means of relaxing. He discovered that the art of oil painting 1) is relatively easy for a hobbyist to cultivate and 2) enriches the painter by giving him new eyes, letting him see even everyday things in a new way, and presents challenges to be studied carefully and then painted.
He describes how he was unsure of the first stroke until a friend walked up, grabbed his brush, and slathered a large blob of paint on the blank canvas. That move freed him.
Churchill writes that once you start painting, things like the light on water in different temperatures, the changing cloud strata, and the hidden tones in rocks can preoccupy you for hours as you try to get exactly the right variations of pigment and brush stroke.
He concludes as he began, by commenting how refreshing this hobby is, and he recommends oil as the most forgiving medium for beginners. It really is a surprising discovery of a little book for anyone interested in personal development.
As Churchill writes, "Whether you feel that your soul is pleased by the conception of contemplation of harmonies, or that your mind is stimulated by the aspect of magnificent problems, or whether you are content to find fun in trying to observe and depict the jolly things you see, the vistas of possibility are limited only by the shortness of life.Read more ›
My reasons for delighting in this work and reading it many times are rather personal. I love art and I love painting. I am not good at it, am not very skilled despite years of work, and all of my paintings are stashed in various closets and cubby holes around the house. This does not matter though. Secondly, I am of the strong and personal opinion that Sir Winston S. Churchill, whose talents in so many areas are legendary, is one of the true masters of the English Language. More about this later.
This little essay is about so much more than painting as a pastime though. In the 32 pages that Churchill had to work with, he not only addresses his primary subject, but also that of reading, art appreciation, travel, the French, and adds in scads of good advice as to how to be a happier and more productive person.
Hidden in this little gem, the author discusses read and makes some surprising remarks such as that it his belief that young men and women should not read all that many good books when they are young, but rather wait until they have more experience in life and have lived a bit.
Churchill advises that a man, or woman, should have at least three hobbies they participate in, each having absolutely nothing to do with what they do to earn their bread.Read more ›
And, if you like painting and paintings, you will find this layman's views interesting and entertaing.
A GREAT read!
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Winston Churchill's account of how he started painting, his progress and why he loved painting. Says it all really. A must for painters and history buffs.Published 9 hours ago by Malcolm Dewey
This is a nice little book. I have a personal ambition to read all of Churchill's published works - I'm about half way through. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
A standout for worst value for money ever spent on a kindle book. Absolutely thin on advice to the point of being useless. Don't waste your money.Published 1 month ago by Denis5649
delightful churchill book--- started me--- and many others into paintingPublished 2 months ago by Arjay M.
Totally new view of Churchill, revealing his passions for more than just the political worldPublished 2 months ago by C7503R
This is possibly Churchill's shortest and best book. It is about life and painting (as a pastime). If you want an easy introduction to the man whom I consider to be the greatest... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Irwin
I was disappointed to see that this edition did not include the picture that were in an earlier edition of the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Desert Sunrise
A short and perfect book by perhaps the best communicater of the last 140 Years!Published 8 months ago by Brad Moseley