|THE BEGINNINGS ... 'This site was originally
developed for the purpose of promoting painting and poetry and the fine
arts. It is targeted at no particular group but, as you will discover,
there should be something in it for everyone from the would be painter
to the professional artist, from the amateur collector to the professional
curator and from the youthful poet to the published muse. We have tried
to be even-handed in our approach, technical where necessary but above
all tried to make the instruction as enjoyable and interesting as possible.
All the examples I used in the original painting lessons are from my own
work (unless attributed and recognisable pre -1900 grand masters). The site
combine the free on-line art lessons, a fine art gallery,
A Bounty Art Gallery, a decorative art gallery, faculty of fine art with
tutorials, a poetry section with poetry tutorials an Australian haiku anthology. The founding members
were John Hagan (artist, writer, and web designer), John Bird (poet and
director of poetry)'
Since writing the above the site has grown
to include lessons from additional artists as well a respected critic and
amateur painter. You will find these in the Advanced lesson site. Most
lessons have been translated into Spanish and are currently being translated
into French. For these efforts we are hugely indebited to Claudia Klee for the Spanish translation and Jacqueline Satterlee for the French
'Admiral Cowdisley Shovel' was a real
eighteenth century Admiral. Magnificiently, he maintained his estimation of his fleet's position in a dense fog while others around him disagreed. The whole issue was one of a disputed timepiece, in the eithteenth century, mid-atlantic. Unfortunately Cowdisley was wrong and many of the fleet perished as they could not avoid the lee shore - yet, as a consequence, a reward of twenty thousand pounds was offered for anyone whou could come up with a reliable marine clock. I came across the Cowdisley name while researching my
novel on the Bounty. Later, when I was searching for a unique, easily remembered
and simple word for identifying an internet site, I recalled my research
and decided on Cowdisley.
In traditional painting techniques these are perilous times, and in 'art' the connection to such a pusuit is but a fragile thread, we must therefore navigate with great care lest a lee shore looms six points to larboard. My 'Venitian' fanciful portrtait of myself as Cowdisley leads this page as if to emphasise the fact no one is beyond error, however well adorned.
The publication for profit
of any material on the 'Cowdisley' site is conditional upon permission