Friday, 26 May 2017

Beach time soon?

What wonderful weather this week - any maybe it will be with us for a little longer?

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play, "Tiddely-om-pom-pom!"
So just let me be beside the seaside!
I'll be beside myself with glee
and there's lots of girls beside,
I should like to be beside, beside the seaside,
beside the sea!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Venice St Marks Square

The square outside the Basilica of St Marks is a place to which I return so often, although the last time I was there was twenty seven years ago. 

This time my visit was in oil paint. This place is special, one senses the the press of the crowds waiting to enter the church and small groups of people seemingly oblivious the cut and thrust of tourism.


St Marks Square    Oil on Paper  
38 x 57 cm15 x 21 in

Monday, 8 May 2017

Cairo captured

Cairo crossing the street      Oil on paper
57 x 38 cm21 x 15 in

At least twenty years ago I snaffled a snap shot of a Cairo street scene from a friend. She was sharing it with us, one of many pictures from a recent visit. I immediately wanted to make a painting from it so she kindly handed it over. 

The painting never materialised and now it has, inspired by my course earlier this year at Central St Martins and my journey with oil paint.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Aga Khan Museum

Toronto a couple of weeks ago.

Courtyard    ...Architect Fumihiko Maki used light as his inspiration.

Exquisite treasures in the Aga Khan museum


The Aga Khan museum is a museum for the modern age. Opened in 2014 it is thrilling in its design and layout.

Every inch of it is so peaceful, presenting an arresting collection of Islamic art and modern pieces from Iran. All are thoughtfully curated and accessible!

A real treat.
I was luck enough to actually be working there, a thoughtful client has booked us into a lovely room which the museum hires out for business meetings and such.

This is a house of treasures and so incredibly calm. Strikingly absent were the noisy throngs, intent on buffeting their way to the gift shop, common in London's museums.

When you are lucky enough to be in Toronto . . .


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hare's breadth

Another idea for Daisy Siggers and her team at Frank and Grace.
The idea might be for a piece of jewellery or another lovely silk scarf.


Across the field   Acrylic on paper  21 by 29 cm

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The puppy ate my homework!

Rosie the puppy has this habit of occasionally taking a small bite of the the post as it lands on the door mat. The unfortunate victim of a recent attack was my copy of Fallon's Angler http://fallonsangler.net




Not much damage was done, particularly to the pages on which my two illustrations appeared.

Fallon's Angler is a beautifully produced quarterly and crammed full of writing about the water, the river banks and surrounding and fishing.  

If you have not the slightest interest in things piscatorial the magazine is a darn good read.  I was delighted to be asked to provide two drawings.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tulips, from Amsterdam

The tulips have been wonderful in every garden this spring including Sian’s.

Yesterday day the song ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ popped into my head!

The late great Max Bygraves enjoyed a big hit with the song, reached #3 in the UK charts in 1958 and stayed there for twenty five weeks!

When it's spring again I'll bring again
Tulips from Amsterdam
With a heart that's true I'll give to you
Tulips from Amsterdam


The word tulip first mentioned in Western Europe in or around 1554 and seemingly derived from the "Turkish Letters" of diplomat Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq.

Cultivation of the tulip began in Persia, probably in the 10th century.