It's a tiny moleskine watercolour sketchbook with 29 paintings of roads all set in a beautiful opening frame (made by my very excellent framers Sullys of Penryn.) So you can have a different painting every day if you wish. I believe that Sketchbooks are the essence of everything that I do as an artist, they are the starting point, the runway from which you take off, so it seemed a good thing to have framed up for posterity. Anyway, I am very pleased to be included in the exhibition.
Today is the first day of my five week working trip across France. This is a little sketch done early this morning just after leaving the ferry at Roscoff, as we drove over "Wolf Mountain" in Brittany, a stunning view that always feels very ancient to me.
Tonight we are camping beside the Loire a few miles south of Angers. There were flocks of water birds all gathering up to do their evening river swoop as I painted this. They are the little dots on the sand banks. Now it's time for a celebration whisky and to bed under canvas.