Confetti & Tears

A week ago today, my daughter got married.   After all the anticipation of the Big Day, when it came to it, this very special ‘right of passage’ was over almost as soon as it had begun and as near to perfection as anyone could have wished for.  All the right ingredients were there: the lace…

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Laboratory or Factory?

Is your studio a lab for your experiments or is it a factory for churning out artwork to meet exhibition deadlines?  At various times, my studio activities fluctuate between the two but relies more heavily on the ‘laboratory’ approach.  A work room designed for alchemy, and those ‘eureka’ moments when something happens to open up…

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The Flight of the Bumble Bee

Transforming the “accidental into the enduring” is a quote taken from part of a wonderful small article written by Margaret Drabble about Prunella Clough, (Spring, 2010 – Issue 18 – edition of Tate etc. magazine) and is such a succinct way of describing what most of us do as artists.  In it she talks about…

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An Obsessive Passion.

When does a subject become an obsessive preoccupation?  Sometimes I immerse myself in a subject so deeply that it is impossible to leave it alone, hammering away at it like a jack russell attached to my leg, only giving up when I have utterly exhausted all avenues of possibility.  Painting is a very sexy thing…

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Altered State

The colour picture of the Farmhouse was taken one Summer’s morning in 2006 and became the one I used most often on all the publicity material for our B&B business. I suppose it became a sort of symbol of the business and reflects the 7 years we spent doing it. I have tinted it to…

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Selective Vision

We are presented with so many possibilities for subject matter all the time and I try never to be without some method of recording something that captures my imagination.  In this case it was a camera.  The colour of a discarded piece of string which has been tossed overboard by a fisherman out at sea…

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