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…”

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”

PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS – mundane craft or true modern art?

Photography has played an ever-growing role in my picture-making since the first day of the second term, of my second year at Saint Martin’s School of Art. It was a bleak winter’s day in 1980 and I remember feeling particularity depressed about the direction – or lack of direction to be precise that my paintingContinue reading “PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS – mundane craft or true modern art?”

“WORKERS IN THE FIELD”

AND THE “LITTLE RED” ICE LOLLY I think I’ve mentioned before on these pages how, very occasionally, I had my uses to the powers-that-be at Saint Martin’s School of Art. While generally I was shunned by most of the tutors for my work being “hopelessly representative”, every-so-often, when they required the services of someone withContinue reading ““WORKERS IN THE FIELD””

FIRST AND nearly LAST – the evolution of my painting on canvas…

Moreover, they exposed something even more interesting – at least to me – of the dramatic alteration in my spirits and emotions from that heavily pressured time at art school to my days as a world-travelling free painting spirit…