Memories of Summer

The seaside holds so many memories for me: building sandcastles, eating ice cream, playing the amusements… I can almost reach out and ‘touch’ those experiences. A trip to the seaside this summer prompted me to to sketch out some of these images, and so began a line

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Inspiration from Other Artists

This year I have been learning more about anatomy, and developing my figure drawing. I have taken inspiration from a number  of artists, learning about how they develop their initial ideas through to resolved images. In July I attended Juliet Wood’s retrospective exhibition, ‘A Human Touch’, and

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Painting the Worralls

I enjoy doing figurative work; it gives me a chance to explore human relationships. Families and groups of people of different ages have a timeless appeal, and it was a pleasure to work on this piece on behalf of my family-in-law. Working from a small photo reference,

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Photo Diary: Painting my Blood Test!

During my time as an inpatient in hospital, blood tests formed an important part of the daily routine. I decided to develop this experience into a painting. The photos below show the process of building up the painting from my initial tonal drawing. Sketching out the drawing

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Hospital Geometry 

A web of corridors – some interconnecting – Toilets and staircases dotted around Up a level, in between a level Receptions and departments Tucked behind each corner In- and outpatients crossing Paths where the colour schemes and signs Direct the confused To and from appointments, tests and

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Notes from the Hospital Café 

Lunch: peak time, hard to find a seat Groups of doctors, families and individuals like me Two young babies: each with their doting families A young couple: jacket and beans with a cup of tea All ages and backgrounds Bright green chairs, wood-effect tables A paramedic meets

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The Hospital Obs Machine 

Like a blue trumpet on wheels Wheeled to all interned Triumphantly its bleeping sounds Resounding from afar First the arm band round the left Then the peg over my right finger De de de do do Tick tick tock tock A fanfare flourish for my fate Systolic,

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Hospital Days on Wheels 

Linen, drugs, breakfast Beds, chairs, medical record files Everything here runs on wheels Moved from room to room Drip stands, tea urns, newspaper stands Each have their allotted time To call at each bed Old-timers listen out in expectation Ready for their Ready Brek Braced for their

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My Wrist Band Story 

A series of connected teams Expertises linked by consultations Notes, phone calls, data bands Across this vast building And the latest digital technology i-Pods scan my wrist band code And my results spring to life Swipe-able on screen My last week’s performance Available to analyse, scrutinise Am

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Hospital 24/7 – 365

Hospitals are powered by extraordinary individuals The Phlebotomist who knows just how to talk you through A sharp-scratch, fist-clenched blood test The nurse on night shift who re-checks your blood pressure Four times, just in case you’re in trouble The A&E Team who cope in one crowded,

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