A retrospective look


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By Ronald L Oliver

ISBN: 9781783824274
Published: 2020
Pages: 68


¨This is a book of reflections and examples of the artwork I do. It is a fleshing out my thoughts on art, too.

This collection looks back at the drawings and paintings done over a lifetime. It began with a hunger to create by drawing when I was around twelve years old. This book represents a chance to put them altogether into a whole that may make more sense.From the start, I have used drawing and painting as a way of calming down, concentrating and focusing on settling things around me. By calling them ]artwork] I could make them look as I wanted them to remain. I thought they should speak with my voice and say what I wanted to say. It came natural to me because that was what I wanted. It was just that simple. I still see things that way: there is the passing and there is the fixed. It seems like there was a basic need to draw, paint, and express what was inside. I could organize and put things together on paper or canvas that went together in no other way, at no other time. It was a way out of myself and I took it. At times, it was the best way to do things when was no other way.I was first inspired by a glossy photo-journal of the early sixties with photographs of Caroline Kennedy on top of a horse. They went together and it all made sense. Her father was highly esteemed but was later shot while riding a convertible in Dallas, but Caroline lives. It makes for a sad story but that is the way that many stories go. One lives and learns.When I later tried to ride a horse in imitation it ran to the middle of an interstate expressway and stopped in its tracks. I loved horses until I learned they were not all without fault. I found they had a will of their own that was often greater than that of the rider. Regardless, they were often better on paper than in real life. I started drawing with a pencil and charcoal but later graduated to oils paints, acrylics, pastels and finally watercolours. I saved the best for last.

6 reviews for A retrospective look

  1. ana marie micuhe (verified owner)

    Ronald demonstrates huge versatility as an artist. As an artist myself, not as good as the author admittedly, i found the book inspiring as it made me see how one can develop as an artist over a long period of time.

  2. Gerald Blackmore (verified owner)

    This is an interesting book for anyone studying an art degree or who is interested in painting. There are a whole variety of paintings in the book and an interesting insight into the thought processes of the artist.

  3. Helen Davies (verified owner)

    Some people like writing and some people like art. Keeping the creative juices flowing certainly helps my mental health. Its interesting to learn about the mind of an artist. This book has inspired me to paint more.

  4. Laura Smith (verified owner)

    Ronald Oliver writes with emotion and sensitivity and shows an insight into his journey as an artist. As an art student i found this book fascinating
    Laura Smith

  5. Lisa Brown (verified owner)

    I reallly liked reading this book. Its interesting to read about the mind of another artist. As an artist myself, i found Ron’s book fascinating
    Lisa Brown

  6. James Hartland (verified owner)

    Loves this book. Some of Ron’s paintings are so visual you can almost imagine being in the pictures yourself.
    James Hartland

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