Why Blog?

– make it short.
– make it interesting
– be honest
– have good pictures

Tension beneath the calm

It’s October. The tides have been high. I’ve recently been working in ways that are new for me. From memory. In oils. With a limited palette. It’s been a slow, meditative process. To remember clearly and intentionally, I’ve had to stop, close my eyes, and find recollections of places, sights, sounds and perceptions I didn’t…

Red, Yellow, Blue

A defining moment during my summer, was picking whinberries from the bushes next to me, and using the juice as paint. It helped me make a deeper connection between the materials I use, and the image I make. When I paint, I select materials on the basis of colour. But drawing the mountain with the…

Summer Summary – Exhibition

During the Summer, Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock opened a second gallery in Ludlow – in the building where The Silk Top Hat Gallery had been for many years. It’s three floors of clean, white space in a cobbled courtyard (Quality Square) near Ludlow Castle. Photo by Mary Elliott Photo by Mary Elliott Exhibiting,…

Summer Summary – The Sea (phone photos)

The Welsh Coast is our Goa/Cuba/Adriatic/Aegean, full of light, horizon line and negative ions. Standing on The Stiperstones or Corndon or Long Mountain, I search out Cader Idris in the distance, because behind Cader is the sea. I don’t want to forget these days.

Then and Now 12.9.17

Sometimes, something comes along in life which has the effect of a set of points upon a railway track. The thing causes a fundamental change of direction. It’s significance is not immediately understood. My tracks got changed five years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t know whether I would survive, whether…

The Journey Home

The Journey Home The journey begins, it starts from within, Things that I need to know, The song of the bird, echoed in words, Flying for the need to fly, Thoughts endless in flight, day turns to night, Questions you ask your soul, Which way do I go, how fast is too slow, The journey…

Six days in The Lake District 25.7.17

We took a family holiday to the Lakes, and I took a resolution with me; Do some work everyday. Don’t overthink it, don’t worry, just do some work everyday. Get something down on paper. Think about what you’ve done when you get home. Let the work come first. This was a family holiday, so where…

The role of happiness 12.7.17

A good day on Stapeley on one of the lesser used paths with larks, insects humming and the smell of warm grass. Working outside in a lonely spot is bliss and I haven’t done it for too long. I’ve been doing some thinking – provoked by conversation, Matisse quotes, an article about Elisabeth Cummings and…

Helpful Direction 4.7.2017

Back to Aber, and a helpful tutorial after a couple of weeks of painting at home. Don’t change it. It’s fine. Good use of cool and warm colours to create depth. Like a Japanese painting. The careful shapes of the river create distance. Bring that back, keep going with this painting.¬† Has something like a…

Abstract drawings 21.6.2016

In my studio at Aber I have about 20 small paintings on the wall. I made them a few months ago by using up left over paint at the close of several studio day. They weren’t my main focus of those days at all – they were “don’t matter paintings” made with whatever paint was…