Category Archives: Painting

Autumn Is Come


“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

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The Last of the Handmade Markmakers – for Now


Here’s two mark-makers, out of one. It was originally a sponge roller. The sponge had deteriorated a bit. I took it off and replaced it with rubber bands. I cut notches into the sponge and now I’ve a sponge stamp … Continue reading

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More Home-Made Brushes


Though comical to look at, I do like the double-ended home-made brush with shuttlecock at one end and paper bag handles at the other. I had this plastic tube in my stash of stuff waiting to become useful. I decided … Continue reading

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Tubes and Triangles


“A house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.” ― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space I haven’t had much time for art this week. I was determined yesterday to grab some, were … Continue reading

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Books and Bookmarks


“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” Louisa May Alcott 160 Quotes about Books and Reading

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An Art Challenge: Day 1


Limbering up, loosening up much as a dancer or a singer does before a performance, with nothing in mind but a single word. For me this was EXPLORATION. I explored acrylic inks, watercolour inks, graphite pencil, felt tip pens, a … Continue reading

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A Return to Painting II


This is the second in my series of 12″x12″ (c30xc30cms) acrylic painting series ‘L’Isle-Adam’. (Despite the fact it’s labelled ‘L’Isle-Adam IV’!) It isn’t as grainy as this but it has been enormously difficult to photograph and this is the best … Continue reading

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A Return to Painting


The above image marks a surprise return to painting after a good number of years during which I painted only sporadically and without much success. Life and all that. An email arrived earlier this year, out-of-the-blue, inviting me onto a … Continue reading

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Living and Dyeing


“Walking was an essential component of our work. There was music. There were rich silences. Times of deep listening, experiential drawing and the gathering of “gorgeous nothings”…spontaneous poetry noted while wandering as well as performances of aleatory poetry created by reading together.”

Is this Heaven? This is Australian artist India Flint talking about the first of some masterclasses she held this year in Newburgh, a village on the banks of the River Tay (Scotland). It was a site-specific four-day intensive focussing on “… the deep experience of place through immersion in this very particular tidal riparian landscape.” She explains, … Continue reading

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Walking off a Cliff: Creating when Injured


I did. Well, I slid part way down the bottom bit and smashed my shoulder, a week ago today. Might need surgery. Fingers crossed. It was all very dramatic. Two ambulances. (Did they think I was in bits that would … Continue reading

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