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”

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…””

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…”

The eternal mystery of how?

or, getting it right and not knowing why… I began drawing when I was a young boy. Not because I ever enjoyed it, or got any particular satisfaction out of it, but simply because I always could and it helped me get through the many school lessons I found otherwise pointless and boring – specificallyContinue reading “The eternal mystery of how?”

PADUA – Stone and Water

Padua is most famous in the anglophone world at least for being the setting for Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, but its true importance lies in its role as one of the oldest and most important university cities in the world. Arguably, the home of modern western medicine – indisputably the cradle of modern pathologyContinue reading “PADUA – Stone and Water”

PHOTO-CURIOS

I’ve been making greetings card designs and images for decades now – initially doing freelance work for greetings card companies and poster publishers and more recently producing images for my own Moody By Nature label. Over the years I’ve done everything from cartoon smut (professionally referred to as “erotic humour”) to soppy Christmas and birthday penguinsContinue reading “PHOTO-CURIOS”

MY POSTER PHASE…(1)

For a while during the late 1980’s and early 90’s there was a resurgence of classic poster design in British commercial illustration. For about ten years add agencies got a nostalgia pang for the poster images of the early half of the century—especially the great travel posters of companies like Cunard and P&O. Photo-sourced images, distilledContinue reading “MY POSTER PHASE…(1)”