After the last few days of greyness, what a difference (to me at least!) the sunshine makes when it comes out. It’s not overly hot, but bright sunshine is inspiring. And after starting a painting yesterday, I have finished it off today. Two days doesn’t sound much to do a painting in, I’m sure you’re […]
An ominous letter arrived from my bank today. I opened it, read it, and had absolutely no idea what it was about. It wasn’t trying to sell me anything, it wasn’t a statement, it wasn’t offering me great deals on a mortgage or a loan. No, it was just saying that they were trying to get […]
About three weeks ago my friend Stuart Haywood (for whom I have done a number of drawings and a watercolour painting of him naked, and who hadn’t stripped off before and wasn’t a naturist before this experience) emailed to say that he and his wife were to be featured in an article about them renewing their marriage vows. They have been happily married more […]
For the fourth year running I’ve had a summer holiday in Kent and still it enthralls me… I’ve visited a lot of counties in this wonderful country, and they all have their own character – the rolling hills of Derbyshire, the rugged coastline of Cornwall, the endless skies of Lincolnshire… but Kent seems to have it all. The […]
In a professional context it often happens that private or corporate clients corder a publication to be made and presented with the actual content still not being ready. Think of a news blog that’s filled with content hourly on the day of going live. However, reviewers tend to be distracted by comprehensible content, say, a random text copied newspaper or the internet. The are to focus on the text, disregarding the layout and its elements. Besides, random text risks to be unintendedly humorous or offensive, an unacceptable risk in corporate environments.
Earlier today I needed to illustrate something to someone who I was teaching. It required me to pick up a white Conte pencil to make a small mark on a piece of black paper. It was easier to pick up the pencil and do it, than say out loud what was required. The mark was […]
Finally I got the text last week that he was ready to collect the artwork I had done for him. I must admit I was beginning to think he either didn’t want it, or had forgotten. Since I did the actual work on it in March. And we are now in, let me see, yep, that’s […]
Yesterday I made a comment on Facebook that I didn’t know whether to carry on with finishing off a painting I had almost completed but was stuck for motivation regarding it, or do another painting altogether. Most of the supportive and helpful comments I had was to start another one, and leave the other. But, I […]