Capturing the spirit of a long lost landmark…..

When I saw the subject of the ‘Time at the bar please’ exhibition at Yellow Edge Gallery, about pubs in Gosport, I got a clear picture in my mind of what I would paint.   However, I had no concept at the time of how the painting would end up!   One of my earliestContinue reading “Capturing the spirit of a long lost landmark…..”

Forton Creek Series

After a lot of work, I have produced three paintings that I am very pleased with, that convey my feelings about the creek near my home. Like many of us, I started reallly seeing my local area during the pandemic and I expect a lot more work in the future which is inspired by thisContinue reading “Forton Creek Series”

Fun with my sketchbook

Away from my studio for a few days, so I have broken out a new concertina sketchbook to fill up with sketches. I did this last year for the first time and found it immensely satisfying to record the local area in light fun sketches instead of endless photographs (which to be fair, I stillContinue reading “Fun with my sketchbook”

I’ve been Inside……

I have just come back from an extraordinary exhibition in Portsmouth by renouned street artist My Dog Sighs. The artist has spent the pandemic developing a whole world for his characters, especially his quiet little voices, who come to life, in many forms and have their own language and environment. The location for the exibitionContinue reading “I’ve been Inside……”

Not my body, not my mind

Imagine waking up one day and everything you thought you knew about yourself had changed. Going through the menopause recently was a frightening experience, nothing worked like it used to, my tastes changed, my mind changed, my body changed, everything was alien and to make things worse, I now also felt invisible to the widerContinue reading “Not my body, not my mind”

Have you ever wondered what artists do all day?

Since I have considered myself an “artist”, over the last couple of years, it has been a steep learning curve learning about how the art world ticks.    Much of how it works has been a complete surprise to me and has sometimes led me to wonder why anyone would want to be an artist. We’veContinue reading “Have you ever wondered what artists do all day?”

Portsmouth Guildhall Exhibition – realisation

When I put in a proposal for a solo exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall, although I was excited about my idea and had thought it out well, I had no comprehension of what would happen if I was selected.  Which I was :).Putting together my first solo exhibition, of eighteen monochrome street photographs (half of whichContinue reading “Portsmouth Guildhall Exhibition – realisation”

A picture paints a thousand words – or does it?

Take a look at the picture above, it’s a rowing boat on turquoise water.Do you like it any more if I tell you that it was once owned by a man who survived a shipwreck and he escaped certain death by rowing it to safety?Or that I took that picture in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard theContinue reading “A picture paints a thousand words – or does it?”