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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Heath House Art Group

It was a great joy yesterday to make a return visit as tutor to Heath House Art Group.  My first two visits, last year,  were in winter time and we had a productive time in the studio.  This time we braved the possible rain in the morning and enjoyed the sun in the afternoon to look at  drawing buildings and simple landscape.

They produced a very varied range of work, I was very impressed and wanted to photograph them. My phone thought other wise!  Next week I shall take a camera as well!

In a very brief moment , whilst wandering the gardens and helping them, I was intrigued by , and quickly drew, these wonderful rusty metal chickens on one of the many lawns. .

Friday, 2 December 2016

no post Art Week blues!

Open studios have passed and we had a good time. A slow but steady trickle of lovely people came to see my pictures and enough of them brought their cheque books to make sure we did not make a loss!

One of them was the leader of a local art group, the Heath House Art Group. Heath House is not a building but the name of a village on the Somerset levels about 15 miles from here.  I was delighted to be invited to run two workshops concentrating on my pictures of buildings


The first one  happened two days ago and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope the punters did too!  I am really looking forward to next Wednesday; I will try, this time, not to forget my camera!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


I suppose we shall be ready in time for Open Studios.  I am feeling harassed but happy!

I have even managed a hair cut since I painted this little oil sketch!

I am excited about the paintings I have done this summer and I look forward to showing them to you if you come to see me at 
Venue 142 during SAW Open Studios 17 September - 2 October 
we are open every day 11 am - 6 pm and details are in the SAW guide

Here are three little paintings, all four are 20 x 20 cm - there are lots of bigger ones

Monday, 25 July 2016


In the roof of our house here in Belgium is a lovely attic room which is the guest bedroom and the place where all the grandchildren camp out when they come to stay.

It has two small windows, high in the gable, facing the street, through which the street lights bathe the room in an orange glow and the children cant get to sleep.. Some times their mother drapes cloth over the opening but I decided yesterday to make some shutter panels and paint them with a dark sky and the moon. I used corrugated cardboard (see earlier postings!) and painted a view of the street in oil paint.

Here they are before I fix them. .

Saturday, 2 April 2016


After a lot of humming and hawing I finally put in my entry forms for this year's Somerset Art Works Open Studios. I am so glad I did.  I wondered about it for a long time. It is a lot of work and it is hard to get people to Bridgwater, not quite Cream Tea territory! And being, as I so often am, the only venue in town makes it harder.

But I am doing it!!  I should say "I am the ONLY venue in town!"  So, come mid September, come and see my pictures.  If you are lucky you might get a cup of tea.

I hope you like this painting. It is small, 20 x 20 cm,   in oil and is one of a series called Flemish Fruit and Veg.  I spend a lot of time with Lutje, my missus,  in Belgium so they really are Flemish , like her.This one is "Pear on a terracotta dish"

I now have to do lots more painting and drawing.!

If you are interested Open Studios why not  follow this link

Thursday, 27 August 2015

WINTER IN THE PARK - work from earlier in 2015

These are part of a series of semi abstract works, still in progress, coming directly from my times drawing in Parc Parmentier, Brussels..  I am pleased so far.
Thoughts anyone?  
There are bigger ones on the way. All for sale eventually, prices yet to fixed.

 Ice , frost, fallen leaves etc, being very cold, sitting on a bench, drawing

detail of a bigger, A3, drawing. Charcoal on textured gesso on paper

no 1.  20 x 20 cm   watercolour on gesso on canvas board

no 2    20 x 20 cm   watercolour on gesso on canvas board

no 3  20 x 20 cm   watercolour on gesso on canvas board

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


 I have been having a bit of a thing with two sweet red peppers today.  Not an intimate thing nor am I  going to cook them ,  well not yet!  I just love their shiny firm shape and their glowing colour

one page of an A6 sketch book. Noodler's Ahab pen and Noodler's ink

this time a double page spread in the same book , 
does the one on the right look a little like a naked woman sculpture?

same size book, double page spread. watercolour,a bit of gouache and a Pentel ink brush pen..  I think there might be the genesis of a painting or two here?