Category Archives: Painting

In a slow kind of country.

14°C, windy & grey. "A very slow kind of country!" said the queen to Alice. Alice in Wonderland. I’ve adopted this phrase to describe the feeling of slowness that takes over when you have a cold. When I feel like … Continue reading

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threads, unravelled

15°C, fresh westerly, some sun, not much. I thought of something really worthwhile to say earlier, after an hour’s painting, it has all gone.

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Another outstanding day

19°C, clear & bright. No clouds. Linseed: now I have that portrait at a stage that makes it look likely to work in the end. After a three hour session before lunch using some thin and other thicker layers of … Continue reading

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What flower expresses….days go by

12-18°C, dense fog to start, sun later An unexpected question: passing a colleague on the stairs, she said "hi, would you draw my portrait?""ok" said I Then, I wanted to know why she wanted me to draw her picture, but … Continue reading

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It’s not easy,

17°C, Autumn’s not so bad… Painting, is not easy. I’m constantly aware of that ceiling over my skill. I’m not a painter; I am only a teacher. Mind you, I received a back-handed compliment on that score today so gain … Continue reading

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White musk.

16°C, N wind, fresh but not cold yet Tired beyond belief, like being drunk. How am I going to last ’till Christmas?Water-colour series, on small but very good paper bought from Muji. The paper colour is a bit strong, and … Continue reading

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Autumn day 1

13°C, rain. Malcolm Middleton:   Devastation And you’re the only person that can make me feel aloneJust withdraw your eyes and you’ll hear me start to moanI’ve never felt so lonely as when you’re in the next roomI hope you … Continue reading

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3 hours brush in hand

18°C, dry for a while. Linseed: my usual sub-heading is less appropriate today, but that’s how I finished this evening. It began with pencil, in two different books, then watercolour ( which I must explore more) then back to the … Continue reading

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I know- it’s the colour

17°C, rain. It’s like November Don’t forget again – stupid. Unbelievable, ride home and didn’t drink. Then feel dreadful for hours not knowing why, a pint of fresh water fixed it in minutes.Now go and fix the colour, it’s too … Continue reading

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Re: Permission to use your Chernobyl…

fierce rain this afternoon, man- the clouds were angry. The title was oddly suggested by Firefox’s autocomplete, so why not…. It came from an email though not one that went through Firefox’s hands.Linseed: The painting has gone through highs and … Continue reading

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