Monday, 20 October 2014

Jazz Guitar

Sunday evening is the new Saturday evening for those over a certain age. Though I'm not given to going down town at night I enjoyed whiling away a couple of hours in the company of a friend. One of his mates, a guitarist and former musical collaborator was doing the musical honours.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Tutela Africa and Running a Half Marathon

As an artist and designer I was asked to create a visual identity for a nascent charity that works in Mozambique amongst vulnerable children. Their name is Tutela and their goal is to create a sustainable model for long term foster care. That means helping to develop a culture of foster caring amongst African families for orphaned and abandoned children. As I personally know the founders well I choose to further my support by running my second half marathon for charity in Bournemouth recently. Great day and great event. 'Deceptive' photo included–I really was running with 11,000 others!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

RHS Rosemoor

A late September holiday in sunshine which included a visit to RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon. My wife is a gardener and I enjoy our visits to such places as these. An outside gallery of sorts. Full of 'gems' which lie somewhere between a state of order and disorder. And, like a gallery it's hard to maintain concentration with so much to 'see'. After a while it is a matter of letting go, enjoying the spaces and allowing things to come to you in sight, sound and smell.

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Bath Priory: Marigolds

No specific notes with this drawing. Enough to say that during its making I was aware of things that intensify my sense of being.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Across the 'Black Pool'

Working in gouache, watercolour and black ink with no preliminary sketching I painted this view across the 'Black Pool'. The horizontals created by the pool, terrace steps and sunlit lawn, framed by the verticals of the gateway, lend the whole picture a formal strength. Though painted plein air it exists between what is observed and what is transformed through the process of painting.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Bath Priory Hotel Garden Terrace

The sun remains strong and I'm back out whenever the opportunity arises.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Border: Bath Priory Hotel

The sketchbook fills week by week as I try and make the most of the last of the summer sun.