Beckett, John Charles
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]Rotting Tree at Lullingstone
Since 10 years of age I've loved art, but have been a struggling artist.
I like to paint from imagination sometimes I need the added stimulus of reference material;
Landscapes and Psychedelics are my favourite subject because if you make a mistake when painting or drawing one, you just turn it into a part of the picture. Artist Bob Ross said, "We don't make mistakes here, we just have happy accidents. I struggle doing portraits and people it is not my strong point no matter how much I try.
A critic once said to me "You don't have a recognisable style." Ironically perhaps that is my style? If my art is enjoyable to look at, I hope you see something happy, peaceful, serene, warm, mysterious, unusual, fascinating, and vibrant and I would like to think, of interest to you.
I'VE EXPERIENCED PLENTY OF REJECTIONS. PROBABLY MORE THAN I HAVE HAD HOT DINNERS.
Feed back comments and critics of my art over the years have been....................
"DOSN'T LOOK SO GOOD WHEN YOU GET CLOSE UP"
"YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO OFFER"
"YOUR WORK IS AMAZING"
"LIKE UH COOL MAN"
"YOUV'E BEEN REPORTED" ?????? (for what I'm not sure,)
"GO AWAY AND LEARN HOW TO PAINT PROPERLY"
"YOU WON'T SELL YOUR ART ROUND HERE"
"YOUR WORK DOES NOT COME UP TO OUR HIGH STANDARDS"
"SORRY THIS REALLY IS NOT THE RIGHT SORT OF WORK FOR ILLUSTRATION"
"WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSED TO BE? (Sadly the rest of the comment was to obscene to quote)
My art won't appeal to all, I don't think I can expect it to, but I do take comfort in knowing that to someone, somewhere it will. I don't do "Mature content" art
I maybe past my prime, but I think there is much more to come. Till I drop? I hope so. It would be nice to sell a lot of paintings, but, for me I don't think that it's going to happen, so to help pay the bills I'm also a self-employed gardener and guitar teacher.
I began playing guitar at 16 in 1968, taught myself. My mum wouldn't have been able to afford a guitar teacher, even if she knew that I wanted one. As for Dad he left my mum when I was 9.
For years I was stuck in isolation, not progressing, being a "Bedroom Guitarist" until 1992 when I was introduced to a Folk Music Club and I learned a heck of a lot from watching others play, and performed as a floor spot player there for 2 years.
In 2000 I started giving guitar lessonsl earning on the way as it were and passing on to my pupils my experience over the years in the hope they don't have to take so long in learning.
My only really negative thing that I have experienced in teaching guitar is a "Yuck Your Old" response when I turned up at a new pupil's flat. My response was in effect "Do you want the lesson or not?" the lesson was accepted but I was glad when it was over as I didn't feel safe there. Funnily enough I was actually paid. Every thing else has been good.
My pupils have ranged from 5 years of age to 65 years of age. My Current pupils are a Young Lady from Russia, a stage Actor, and three children (Seperate Lessons)