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Concise, Precise Perhaps? Part 1

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

An exercise in refining language and defining descriptions.

The fine tuning of words that result in the fine tuning of lines.

Did someone say that a picture is worth a thousand words?

I may have gotten that wrong or misread it.

Concise, precise perhaps - I tried this as a teaching method for my children to accurately describe objects or events, and to develop their honing skills.

For example: I would ask them to try and describe an elephant in three words. It did seem to help with vocabulary and using adjectives efficiently. I am no where near being an expert on language or even being clever with words, but I do enjoy trying to use them effectively.

On reading some of the titles and description texts of my artwork you might notice that I like to play around with words and sometimes deliberately use words with double meanings.

Fauna Companions

ballpoint pen on paper

Animal draw Gallery -

"Sometimes things are difficult to describe, that is why we name them and put them in groups with other similar items. Classified and ordered. Many, many species of animals and plants have become extinct since people have peopled the Earth. Former fauna and flora."


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then why all this need for blogs, artist statements and writing descriptions of the paintings such as "the flowing abstract lines of mint green describe the subtle forms etc,etc" That is why I like to describe more of my thoughts and the apparent attitudes of the artwork. After all it is the viewer who completes the artwork, I am sure that they would be able to tell whether the artwork is for example: "splattered!"

This is just part 1 as I have other items to add to the subject, not so concise now is it.

I did not want this to become a long post due to it's apparent subject matter.

The rest of it, part 2 will be along in a few days. Twill be discussing what 3 words, spelling lists, some of the artist Richard Longs work. The naming of kittens, children and paintings but not necessarily in that order. Thanks for your continued patience and support.

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