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.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thanks for the encouragement…

A spate of messages over the last few days, wax lyrical about my paintings and sculpture of nude.  As I am sometimes uncertain of the value of what I have created, such positive feedback helps to spur me on.  

Depicting the nude human form, no matter how innocently, can be a contentious business.   It has always been so.  Whether the artist is Michelangelo, Manet, Rodin, Egon Schiel, D.H. Lawrence or Jacob Epstein, their depiction of the nude has excited controversy and ridicule.   Working from the nude figure demands passion tempered with integrity and daring tempered with restraint. 

My brother in England has asked for a sketch on a postcard in return for a favour.  Maybe I’d better make it a landscape, as otherwise the GPO might consider today’s picture unsuitable for general delivery.  

Denise reclining with yellow pillow.


  1. Feel free with regard to subject matter - we will see if the GPO put it in an envelope to deliver it.

  2. ...and how fingered it appears by the time it reaches its destination!

    I look forward to seeiing your postcard painting appear on Alan's blog.