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Monday, 4 January 2021

The Sky shines in the canal. painted October 2020

Covid has had varying effects on me. Lutje and I have been in different countries since March. I t is not easy. I try to keep to the house being especially vulnerable, partly from my age but mostly from medical conditions. Also since I had to give up my car 13 months ago I cannot stray far!

I have tried to do lots of painting but it doesn't always work. But sometimes I have a burst. In particular, the canal next to the house and Victoria Park have been my inspiration.  I am doing many more, landscape-inspired abstract paintings

I want to show you these to get me painting and posting again  All three, 120 x  175 mm are mixed media mostly acrylic and coloured pencil on mountboard and were painted the same day in October. The sky reflected in the water and the dying vegetation.

 Over the next few days, I will try to post a selection of the many drawings, painting and photographs I have made over recent months as well as any new works I may create.

Saturday, 6 October 2018


For personal reasons, I have dried up.  Ill health and an accident didn't help but it is almost a year since I last posted.  I want to paint but, like my music, my piano and organ playing, I just seize up.  I don't want to dwell on this and am hoping that starting my blogs again will motivate me.

I have just made two posts to my small paintings blog.  Why not have look here and here?

Here is one of the little drawings

Sunday, 5 November 2017


On Saturday I walked to the park.  It is sunny but colder and autumn is setting in

I sat on a bench and watched the wind taking the leaves. Many have fallen already, these are safe for a day or two if tonight's frost doesn't do its job.

Later, as I was taking a photo, within the wood, next to the pond, this little leaf spiralled down into my hand and snuggled against the camera.  I brought him home.

I made this little painting when I got home

"Autumn leaves, falling"  acrylic and collage on paper  15 x 12 cm

Thursday, 19 October 2017


This is what you find for the first posting.  I hope you like it enough to subscribe when you see it!

Day One

A few weeks ago, in the middle of a long period with no painting, a sort of painters block, I came across an idea from an  American painter's blog.  Carol Marine's Painting a Day .  For around ten years she has painted a small picture every day. It did not have to be perfect and, because it took a short time, there was no feeling of failure if it didn't work - there is always the waste bin!  She found the lack of pressure helped her to revitalise her work.  Read her blog.
I thought I would try it too and so here I am, nervously proffering my first born.  The first few will be  abstract, but I shall also do other things.

 #1a. 15cm x 15cm acrylic on paper

I am quite pleased with this; what do you think? It took about 15 minutes, I did several others but think this is the best. I may post one of the others.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


We spent a lot of the summer in Brussels and had a wonderful time with family staying with us and I did less painting than I expected.  I was a little disappointed with what I produced but, on reflection, I thank that maybe I am pleased with some of it.  It is very colourful - which is just how it was in the bright sun of summer in Parc Parmentier.

This one for instance

Approximately A3 size, watercolour and ink on paper, catches, I think the dazzling sunlight, reflecting off the almost still water of the pond.  I must look again at the others!

Monday, 4 September 2017


They must have liked my last visit as tutor since they asked me back again!

On one of my two visits we drew in the garden  and around the various buildings. The other time I challenged them to make simple still life paintings or drawings of a standard size (20 x 20 cm) to fit in a frame I took with me.  I showed them a series of paintings I had made which used the frame as part of the composition; simplified designs which gain strength from the restraints of the format. I asked them to do something similar. Here are some of them.  I think they were as pleased as I was.

This is one of mine from a few years ago. A pear on a terracotta plate

and here are some of theirs. I will post some more another day


A few years ago I made some drawings around Lutje's home. Standing next to her PC is this fine wood carving of her mother.  It was made by an artist unknown to me, Joris Minne, 1897 -  1988.

He was born in Ostend but grew up in Antwerp, Lutje's home city. He studied at the Bercham Academy of Fine Arts.  He is known for the revival of wood engraving in Belgium, making this cover for an art magazine he co-founded in September 1919

Shipping in Antwerp?

"O" is for olifant - a children's book illustration

In 1939 he turned to sculpture, mostly in wood 

   This small oak figure dates from 1988, the year of his death