My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

My diary pages are followed by thousands of artists, art students and art lovers in over 50 countries.

Monday, February 28, 2011

A fleeting glance, a scrap of paper and Vincent Van Gogh…

In a fleeting glance, I saw the pose I wanted and picked up the first scrap of paper that came to hand – a white cartridge that is sold in the local supermarket at less than one EC$ for a A1 size sheet.  The six-inch square I used cannot have cost more than five cents.  A sheet of expensive watercolour paper scares me, whereas with this scrap I had nothing to loose.  Ah, you might say, it buckles under a wash and has no texture.  Well, so be it.  I landed my catch!

And if you have difficulty reading between my lines and washes, I side with Van Gogh when he wrote:
“…to learn to make those very incorrectnesses, those deviations, re-modelings, changes in reality, so that they become, yes, lies if you like – but truer than the literal truth.” 

Let potential artists’ models following my diary be warned: the artist’s vision of beauty is different to that of the glamour photographer, but profound beauty none the less.


  1. It captures the essence of the moment without getting bogged down in the detail.

  2. Your work shows such movement. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself online.
    It's very inspiring!
    Evelyn in Montreal