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Free Expression

A Mountain Pass
22 x 16 cm

In all forms of creativity I think we probably do some of our best work when we don't think about it too much. Sometimes our rational minds get in the way. The other day, as I was trying out a new brush on a scrap of paper, I began to see a picture emerging so I decided to continue with it. I didn't know how it was going to develop and I was just making marks without thinking too much. The only bit of real thought involved was the adding of a bird in the sky to give a sense of scale and life. The result, I feel, was a little gem of a painting. Maybe the composition isn't perfect, but there is a feeling of freshness in it which I like.


  1. Freshness is certainly there Keith. It`s a lovely painting. Also your previous painting is also lovely. Well done and all the best.

  2. HI there Keith!... Fresh... painterly... spontaneous... and as free in spirit as the bird you added!

    It is indeed a gem... a pleasure for the eye!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  3. Lovely loose and freshg sketch.
    A typical Keith Tilley!

  4. I agree with the others Keith, very fresh and spontaneous. I like that it grew out of a 'doodle'. I wish I'd have produced something like this the last time I was trying a new brush. ;-)

  5. Love this - it feels like I've been there! wonderful!

  6. I agree with you entirely, Keith .. this is a lovely fresh painting. It's often the case that the real masterpieces come out when we are at our most relaxed and have no feelings of compulsion to produce one!

  7. Thanks John. The wonderful thing about doodling is that all the considerations that tend to get in the way of a good painting disappear. I think I am going to do more of these from time to time and maybe some of that freedom will rub off on my other work.

  8. That's very true Michael, especially with watercolours I think.

  9. Beautiful Paintings....My name is Tiara, I'm 9 years old and I like to paint too. Please visit my

  10. Hi Tiara. I like your lovely colourful paintings.

  11. I agree that it is a lovely painting; once again, you have all those wonderful things happening with bands of colour.

  12. I so agree with you Keith, this really is a 'little gem'! I love the colours and the looseness, so fluid! A real beauty! :)


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