Bluebottle Hell

What do you call a fly without wings?  Answer: a ‘walk’.  I know it’s an old one, I hear you groan.  Don’t misunderstand me, I love my fellow creatures, but I confess to a loathing for flies and where flies are concerned, the only blowfly I can tolerate is a dead blowfly.  As if to…

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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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Blurring the Boundaries

It is often said that you can’t break the rules unless you know what those rules are in the first place.  There is no substitute for a good grounding in ‘academic’ drawing, and no discipline is better than the life-drawing room, with portraiture an even more exacting practice.  But the life room can be a…

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