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The Painting Thief

Recently a man in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre.
However, after planning the crime, breaking in, evading
security, getting out and escaping with the goods, he was captured only two streets away when his little van ran out of petrol.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:

"I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."

Various Stolen Works...
In various newspapers and the teletext service was a story which stated that there are currently 491 missing Picassos, 342 missing Miros and 152 missing Rembrandts, according to the Art Loss Register.
It all started when "The Scream" was stolen..again.

1. LS Lowry
2. Monet
3. Alan Ingham
4. Russell Flint
5. John Miller
6. Rothko
7. Van Gogh
8. Picasso
9. Klimt
10. Matisse
Source: Art Business Today May 2005

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AITC Artist ROD HOLT makes exciting progress with his work

Rod Holt has been invited to join the UK's leading miniaturist society, The Hilliard Society, after meeting up with the Vice President and the Treasurer of the Society.  My latest drawing from my 'Journey' project, which fits the criteria of a miniature (as each picture is 58 mm square). As usual the picture is produced with the use of coloured pencil and ballpoint pen. I also found this interesting link about what happened to the bridge 2 years after I cycled over it. Opens New Page

Rod has also gained the place as a finalist in a leading arts magazine's competition with my celebrated picture 'Overexposed' and lots of exposure should ensue. See attached press release from Aesthetica.... Opens New Page

Rod also has a publisher interested in the 'Journey' project, they are very keen for me to show the original work as much as possible as they said it was only then that it is appreciated for what it is. Derwent Pencils are considering putting some of my work in the Online Derwent Gallery.

I have also as a result of my exhibition and a visit from the representatives of Durham University where I he has been able to give them a framed print of his latest work 'Regeneration' to help raise money for a charity to help with the 'Scholarships for Afghan Women' set up by Bill Bryson, who is the present chancellor of the college.

AITC Artist Lindi Kirwin talks about painting with Duerr's Jam

Contemporary Artist Lindi Kirwin explains the joys and challenges of creating an artwork from jams, marmalades and condiments.

Blackberry-flavoured trees, Pavements made from marmalade and a sky made using tartare sauce are all part of Lindi Kirwin's picture of Manchester's Central Library.

The artwork, called Manchester Preserved, was bought by the Dragon's Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis for 5,000 at auction.
The work was developed at Vernon Mill in Stockport

All money raised will be donated to The New Children's Hospital Appeal. Lindi Kirwin developed the painting, which had a reserve of 1,000, at her studio in Vernon Mill in Stockport. The artist, whose son was treated at Booth Hall Children's Hospital, said: "I must admit I've never been approached with a commission quite like this one.

As Lindi began to work with the jams and sauces, she got used to the medium. "Each product required a different approach and I used brushes, spatulas and my fingers to get the finished result.

Local jam-maker F Duerr & Sons, which commissioned the artwork, is one of many businesses across Manchester to become involved in the fundraising drive for the New Children's Hospital

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"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training."

Anna Freud

"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus."

Mark Twain

A Sculptor chipping away at an equestrian statue was asked how he made such fine works.
He replied:
"I just chip away everything that doesn't look like a horse."





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