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PAINTING AS A PASTIME par Sir Winston S.…
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PAINTING AS A PASTIME (original 1948; édition 1950)

par Sir Winston S. Churchill

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The perfect antidote to his 'Black Dog', a depression that blighted his working life, Churchill took to painting with gusto. Picking up a paintbrush for the first time at the age of forty, Winston Churchill found in painting a passion that was to remain his constant companion. This glorious essay exudes his compulsion for a hobby that allowed him peace during his dark days, and richly rewarded a nation with a treasure trove of work.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:PAINTING AS A PASTIME
Auteurs:Sir Winston S. Churchill
Info:Cornerstone Library (1950), Paperback
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Mots-clés:Sir Winston Churchill, painting, instructional, Chartwell, en plein air, still life painting

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La peinture, mon passe-temps par Winston S. Churchill (1948)

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A lively essay on the necessity & functions of a pastime. On reading in a second language: "Choose well, choose wisely, and choose one. Concentrate upon that one. Do not be content until you find yourself reading it with real enjoyment." Later we learn that "painting is a friend who makes no undue demands, excited to no exhausting pursuits, keeps faithful pace even with feeble steps, and holds her canvas as a screen between us and the envious eyes of Time or the surly advance of Decrepitude." Of his love of color: "When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting....But then it shall require a still gayer palette than I get here below. I expect orange and vermilion will be the darkest, dullest colours upon it, and beyond them there will be a whole range of wonderful new colours which will delight the celestial eye." ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
A lively essay on the necessity & functions of a pastime. On reading in a second language: "Choose well, choose wisely, and choose one. Concentrate upon that one. Do not be content until you find yourself reading it with real enjoyment." Later we learn that "painting is a friend who makes no undue demands, excited to no exhausting pursuits, keeps faithful pace even with feeble steps, and holds her canvas as a screen between us and the envious eyes of Time or the surly advance of Decrepitude." Of his love of color: "When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting....But then it shall require a still gayer palette than I get here below. I expect orange and vermilion will be the darkest, dullest colours upon it, and beyond them there will be a whole range of wonderful new colours which will delight the celestial eye." ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
Churchill took up painting with watercolours in 1915 when he left the Admiralty and found the change from intense executive activities to the measured counsellor's duties in the War Cabinet left him gasping "like a sea-beast fished up from the depths". Needing a complete distraction, he at first tried his children's paint box before acquiring a complete outfit of oil paints. After the initial feeling of standing "shivering on a spring-board" he plunged in, in brave Churchillian style.

He enjoyed colour and saw beautiful variations of it in the most commonplace subjects. In this short work he describes the progress he made and the success of the project. Churchill achieved the same relaxation that many find with meditation, with the bonus of a material creation. A number of his paintings are reproduced in the book and the cover is a detail from a painting of his home, Chartwell.

“Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end, of the day.” ( )
1 voter VivienneR | May 26, 2018 |
An amusing little book ( )
  RoyHartCentre | May 14, 2010 |
This book is one I rescued from my grandmother's art library, and so can't, in a real way, be separated from my memories of her and her house. But it's a wonderful short read in its own right. The essay, "painting as a pastime", was originally published in "Amid These Storms," the book written in the 1930's while Churchill was taking an involuntary break from politics. It makes a wonderful argument for hobbies in general, and not just painting, and their essential role in both incredibly busy and idle lives. The writing is in that early 20th century style that often feels formal and dry to modern readers, but the beauty of it is worth the difficulty.

The second half of the book (in my edition) is prints of some of Churchill's paintings, mostly from the late forties (over a decade after the writing of the essay) and worth the perusal. They're clearly the work of an amauteur, but still unmistakably *good*, and that's probably the best sort of work for a hobbyist to aspire to. ( )
  melannen | Oct 22, 2008 |
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The perfect antidote to his 'Black Dog', a depression that blighted his working life, Churchill took to painting with gusto. Picking up a paintbrush for the first time at the age of forty, Winston Churchill found in painting a passion that was to remain his constant companion. This glorious essay exudes his compulsion for a hobby that allowed him peace during his dark days, and richly rewarded a nation with a treasure trove of work.

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