Photo Diary: Painting Trip to the Ridgeway

Walking along the Old Ridgeway Path from Chiseldon, I decided to stop and paint this view. I noticed the interesting ‘curve’ in the pathway in the distance, as well as the gentle slope of the hill. A first layer of paint (or ‘ébauche‘ to use the posh

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‘How Art Began’ by Antony Gormley

This was a beautiful and uplifting programme. Art can be a solitary pursuit at times, but programmes like this remind and reassure us that we are part of a long line of people following this path. In the UK Antony Gormley is well known for his sculpture,

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Inspiration Comes in Many Forms

Inspiration comes in many forms. Anything that fills me with enthusiasm is likely to have an impact on my work. Over the Christmas period, I was fortunate to attend a Christmas concert by Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir, held at Camelot Castle Hotel. It was a real

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Developing my Online Profile

This week I have been Reading Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened, about the 2016 election in America. It’s a gripping read, full of astute personal reflections on her experiences during the campaign. I was particularly struck by her pragmatism, always ready to take advice from her team

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Volume 29

Knowledge is portable these days Disposable, on demand, clickable – it’s Intangible in many ways Encyclopaedia Britannica, volume twenty-nine Once sat in line, on a school library shelf Now it’s hardbound wisdom and paper is mine There I shall draw and sketch out ideas Amongst the states

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Christmas Embers

After my brothers have travelled back homeAnd the hoover has swept through the houseQuiet returns to the lea side of ChristmasAnd thoughts jump ahead to New YearProjects, resolve, clarity, promiseGifts we will offer, this time to ourselves Refuelled, warmed by those we loveRested we revalue all we

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Art and Remembrance

Artist Talk and Cream Tea Saturday 3rd November, 1:00pm Next month I will be giving a talk at St Barnabas’ Church, Gorse Hill (SN2 1BU), exploring the exceptional art in the church. Opened in 1885 to serve the new, expanding Swindon suburb of Gorse Hill, the interior

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Swindon After Hours Exhibition: September 2018

You are warmly invited to my exhibition at Swindon Conservative Club, as part of  Swindon Open Studios 2018. I will be exhibiting a new series of paintings exploring Swindon ‘After Hours’, as well as a range of prints and postcards. Everyone is welcome, and you can visit

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Bank Holiday Monday, Almost Full Moon

As I walked down our road I glanced down the back alley A young lad standing against the wall Head facing downwards, sleeping vertically Round by TKMaxx, two police vans pass by silently Then under the low bridge I pass a class-full of revellers Shoulder-to-shoulder they cheer

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Ideas for Lino Printing

Every artwork has a story to tell; a personal story of the artist thinking, selecting and making choices. Whilst an artist may have hundreds of ideas, only the ‘brightest’, clearest of ideas will make it all the way through to a successful piece of work – and

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