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Monday, 4 September 2017


They must have liked my last visit as tutor since they asked me back again!

On one of my two visits we drew in the garden  and around the various buildings. The other time I challenged them to make simple still life paintings or drawings of a standard size (20 x 20 cm) to fit in a frame I took with me.  I showed them a series of paintings I had made which used the frame as part of the composition; simplified designs which gain strength from the restraints of the format. I asked them to do something similar. Here are some of them.  I think they were as pleased as I was.

This is one of mine from a few years ago. A pear on a terracotta plate

and here are some of theirs. I will post some more another day


A few years ago I made some drawings around Lutje's home. Standing next to her PC is this fine wood carving of her mother.  It was made by an artist unknown to me, Joris Minne, 1897 -  1988.

He was born in Ostend but grew up in Antwerp, Lutje's home city. He studied at the Bercham Academy of Fine Arts.  He is known for the revival of wood engraving in Belgium, making this cover for an art magazine he co-founded in September 1919

Shipping in Antwerp?

"O" is for olifant - a children's book illustration

In 1939 he turned to sculpture, mostly in wood 

   This small oak figure dates from 1988, the year of his death

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