MOODY BLUES AND STORMY HUES…

…AND HOW I DERIVED SOMETHING POSITIVE FROM OUR MOST NEGATIVE EPISODE The past twelve Covid-19-infested months included, by far the bleakest time my wife Dido and I have shared together was our enforced eight-month sojourn in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, back in the early 1990’s, described in earlier posts ( here and here). Yet, few circumstances, however dire,Continue reading “MOODY BLUES AND STORMY HUES…”

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS…

…DRAWN DARKLY Another year passes, another Hanukkah arrives. For those unfamiliar with the story of the festival, I explain quite a lot about it here, in last year’s post. The reason it held a particular attraction to me as a child was – apart from the delicious foods, fun rituals and of course, the presentsContinue reading “THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS…”

WALKING AWAY – AGAIN

another look at the art of painting from photographs… The two pictures presented below have both featured in previous posts (here and here), but neither with their template photographs. The “Walking Away” is particularly interesting to me as it has the penned grid over the girl drawn onto the photo itself. Generally, as far asContinue reading “WALKING AWAY – AGAIN”

DRAWING LIGHT AND SHADE…

and the dramatic potential of the humble pencil… My recent post on line drawing was so well received that I thought I would follow it up with this look at a set of my more studied drawings from 1996. The images here will be familiar to some, as they form the basis of one ofContinue reading “DRAWING LIGHT AND SHADE…”

DRAW THE LINE…

and how less can be much more For reasons far too mundane to go into here, the next couple of months are going to be among the busiest and most frenetic for quite a while, and hence I will have far less time than usual to devote to these posts – at least in writtenContinue reading “DRAW THE LINE…”

“PARADISE REGAINED…”

postcards from our past for the present It took us about six years to fall in love with our Spanish home and to begin to appreciate its full value to us as both somewhere to escape, and to recharge our intellectual and emotional batteries… Arriving at this point we had survived the physical and mentalContinue reading ““PARADISE REGAINED…””

PHOTO-REALISM v’s PHOTO PLAGIARISM

…and the stark difference between copying and INTERPRETING. This is not the post I had planned. But that was before I had the great misfortune, not to say fright of seeing the latest portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A few posts ago I discussed how I came to paint from photographs, and howContinue reading “PHOTO-REALISM v’s PHOTO PLAGIARISM”

SELLING IDEAS INSTEAD OF ART…

…my brief spell “DESIGNING” JOKES FOR A top GREETINGS CARD COMPAny. In previous posts I have described the frustrations I often experienced at the hands of unscrupulous greetings cards companies (of which there were a surprisingly large number), who would reject my artwork but then use my jokes and ideas without paying me. As described,Continue reading “SELLING IDEAS INSTEAD OF ART…”

YEARNING FOR THE TUBE…

…and a nostalgia for drab normality A fact of the current restrictions upon our normal lives is at once curious, obvious and virtually universal; that being the loss of, and consequent longing for, normal, boring, and even tedious everyday experience. Missing erstwhile unremarkable pleasures of life, like going to the pub, restaurants and concerts isContinue reading “YEARNING FOR THE TUBE…”

Three different “daddies” for the daddy-less child…

My “first career”, MODELLING rubber products and other things… In an earlier post I wrote about my wife Dido’s work as a model during her time in the ballet. What may be much more surprising for many of my readers and followers, is that I too had a brief career in front of the HasselbladsContinue reading “Three different “daddies” for the daddy-less child…”