Another island View, Scilly

Oil on canvas board, 12×16”

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High Leigh, Hoddesdon

Oil on Daler board, 11×14”

This is the view from the terrace looking towards the parkland. It was painted during our recent heatwave,which is now over

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High Leigh Conference Centre

Pen and wash on two sides of A5 cartridge paper

I have just returned from a weekend conference at High Leigh Christian Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, UK. It was the annual get together of the Christian Arts Society of which I have been a member for a little less than a year, so this was my first visit. The aim of the society is to explore how faith can be depicted in paintings, sculpture, poetry, music, needlework – in just about any medium in fact. The theme for the weekend was The Holy Spirit in Art. I had lectures, workshops, and times of sharing ideas. It is not a large society, but its members are devoted to their mission, which is to reach out into the secular world with the good news of the gospel of faith in Christ’s finished work. I recommend High Leigh to anyone wanting to go on conference. The standard of the rooms is excellent and so is the food. Here is a quick pen and ink sketch of one corner of the old part of the centre.

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St. Martin’s in the Fields, London

Pen and wash on A5 cartridge paper

I spent the morning in the area around Trafalgar Square in London, which offers many ideas for sketching. My main purpose for the visit was to go to the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters at the Mall Galleries, always well worth attending. Of course, the weather forecasters got it wrong again and it was unexpectedly cold with an icy wind, which did not make for comfortable plein air work. This sketch was all I could do but it must have taken me half and hour and at the end I was frozen.

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Island View, Scilly

Oil on canvas board, 12×16”. £60 unframed including carriage. Enquiry through contact form.

I have such sweet memories of The Isles of Scilly in the UK, having been there four times and booked to go again this coming summer. It is so beautiful and it is a painter’s paradise with views around every corner. It is rare for me to part with these paintings.

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Robert Bathurst, Actor

Oil on oil paper, 16×12”

What was it Sir Winston Churchill said – “never, never, never, never give up.” So this morning I painted out the eyes and made what I think is a much better job of them. I hope you agree. Eyes and mouth really do make or break a portrait. Back to landscapes for a while now!

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