Tuesday, 27 November 2012

India 2012

I am just back from 3 weeks in Rajhastan and Benares.  I did a number of water-colour sketches, working on a theory of reductiontism, and memory, from which I intend to make a few paintings, and to try to recreate some of the sensations of colour I felt:  here are some 'Lotus Cafe, Benares', Kolyat, Floating Palace, Udiaphur, all oil on canvas around 110x90cms

and here are some of the photographs I took:

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Somerset Levels Floods

In the summer this year, there were floods, and the countryside returned to how it must have been in the middle ages, when boats punted around the landscape, as far east as Pilton.  Godney, as a name means God's - ney(island). Our neighbouring farmers' land was as the sea.  This is a partner picture for 'Putting Godney on the Map' both 163cms x 131cms, oil on canvas.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Putting Godney on the Map

Putting Godney on the Map

I seem to want to do landscape for the first time. I am really interested in the wonderful ordinariness of our riverside village, with its de-consecrated church. there is so much rain this year, so much bad weather and storms, and I am trying to capture that. And now, on Augsust 7th, I have changed this image quite a lot, incorporating the unease of distorted images

Putting Godney on the Map, oil on canvas 163x138cms 2012
Putting Godney on the Map, oil on canvas 163x138cms 2013

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Godney Farm


One evening recently the farm opposite towards Glastonbury was illuminated before a storm.  I surprise myself by wanting to do landscape. oil on canvas 120x100cms

Monday, 18 June 2012

Soul to Sole

my new painting, which might be called 'A TRIBUTE TO FRIENDSHIP' (oil on canvas - 120x100cms) Maybe Ann meeting Mary, with shoes being the symbol of friendship?as the Visitation. Mariotto Albertinelli. 1503 - Oil on wood, 232 x 146 cm

Friday, 2 March 2012


spotted in a newspaper a few months ago  I have been making a series of images of people on public transport (Jean Martin Contemplates her Life and the Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne).  I want to make the Queen as pink and glowing as possible.  here she is about 120cms x 90cms on aluminium.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012


This elderly lady's photograph was advertising the fact that for £1 you could give a Bangladeshi back their sight with cataract surgery.   She reminded me very much of my 'The Jubilee Line', and I see her as a companion to her - a contrast in what life offers, and what money can buy.  Here she is about 120cms x 90cms on aluminium.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Pontormo Head

I am at the start of a learning curve, trying to analyse the incredible clarity of the original.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

from Pontormo's 'Deposition from the Cross' Santa Felicita, Florence

I love the candy colours and light in this, and his fantastic composition:  this is another painting on the way.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Berlin Shoe Shop

A new painting is starting.  2 women met  again after 10 years in a Berlin shoe shop, and embraced so warmly..