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, March 7, 2011

Dear Theo…

I have just finished reading for the umpteenth time Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo*.  Van Gogh’s indebtedness to his brother for financial support and encouragement is similar to my indebtedness to my brother for technical help and encouragement in posting these diary pages. 

Indeed, my original website diary would not have been possible without his help.  Every night, for the best part of three years, Alan (know to close family members as Ali) took my rough notes and posted them on my Sculpture Studio website.  Even in this simpler “blog” format, I depend on him - as he put it in an email this morning – to tidy things up a bit.   

We are like Mr & Mrs Jack Sprat, what he can do I can’t do and visa versa.  I have no idea what HTML is and Ali wouldn’t know a vertical milling machine if one fell on his head.  

Ali’s creative skills are that of a photographer and writer of belles-blogs.  You will find samples of his work at:

This is a portrait of Ali that I painted in 1972. 

 * “Dear Theo” The artist’s letters to his brother edited by Irving Stone.  Published by Doubleday & Co (Hardback) and Signet Books (Paperback).

1 comment:

  1. I have already looked at your brothers blog ...some lovely photographs. He does not live far from me!