Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Some sketchbook pages, I absolutley love sketchbooks, they are the essence of everything and they provide endless entertainment when the winter evenings are long and dark, there is always something to draw.
It could be doodling little figures, drawing faces or sleeping cats

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Organised Chaos

 This is my studio with about 39 frames in various stages of preparation, undercoats, gesso, sanding, lime-waxing.  Paintings being finished, measured, varnished, drying.
Temporary tables supporting drying things and it has even overflowed into the kitchen. 
It is all in a good cause though.  Well I think it is a good cause, Big Dave might well be of a different opinion, it is all for my solo show at Beside the Wave which opens on February 15th. 
I have been working very hard, I am extremely happy with the work and there is to be a book as well. There will be more information at a later date.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hope in the Cold

Life is hard.
Sometimes it’s too much to bear.
Sometimes you’re the one left to pick up the pieces. On your own.
Whilst we’ve all been out enjoying the snow – building snowmen and throwing snowballs, Gretel Parker, a dear friend of many, both online and in real life, has suffered a loss most of us don’t even want to think about. Her partner of 21 years – Andy Macauley – her sweetheart, companion and very best friend, passed away unexpectedly, alone in the snow.
Andy died without a will and the months between now and when the lawyers decide what is left to whom, if anything, are going to be a daunting and financially difficult time for Gretel – there is a funeral to arrange, not to mention bills to pay, and everyday life to manage – and without Andy’s wage coming in, Gretel’s financial situation is nothing short of precarious.
Gretel blogs about life in beautiful rural Shropshire and makes the most beautiful things, Eliza loves her signed copy of The Mermaids Castle, but the wage of an artist and blogger is not enough to pay a mortgage.
Andy was the only family she had, she has no living parents and no siblings, the usual ring of support is missing.
And so it comes down to us, her friends, to help her through.
The Gretel Parker Project has been set up by Gretel’s friends to try and find some hope and support for her in the cold, dark place she has found herself in since Andy’s death. If you can spare anything at all to help her, even if it’s just a pound or two, it would mean the world – the last thing she needs after losing the person she loved more than anything else is to be unable to pay the electric bill or buy food.
If you can’t make a donation then please, please, spread the word about the project – be it on Twitter, Facebook or word of mouth. Re-post my blog post or the project page itself, right now we are Gretel’s family and support circle and every tiny thing we do can help.
We are the hope where all hope is lost, the fire in the snowstorm.
Please help, if you can.
(re blogged from CaroleHolland)

Monday, January 07, 2013

Reasons to be Cheerful...

First reason, the painting one... I have been very busy over the last few months, painting for a solo show in February.  Still have a few more paintings to finish then all of the framing to do. 
This is one of the press release paintings.  I cant show any of the others yet.
The show comprises of paintings, mostly oils, a few watercolours and some charcoal drawings, of interiors, gardens and "Found" still life.  Portraits without people.  There will also be a book of the work, some words of explanation and some of the working sketches.
Its very exciting and I am very pleased with the collection so far.

Second reason, the illustration one...I have also been working on a series of books with a great company called Real Reads, classics re written for children, with about 25 illustrations in each.  Titles finished so far are "Silas Marner", "The Thirty Nine Steps" and "Mill on the Floss", I am in the middle of "All Quiet on the Western Front" and still have "The Riddle of The Sands" to do.

There are many more titles by other authors and illustrators and if you have a young person who likes to read then these are great, you can find them on Amazon or their own web site. Real Reads
Third reason is a mixture of painting and illustration and still top secret so I cant say any more!
Have a very happy new year!