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.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daring and restraint…


Two opposing forces that, in art and life, need not equate to dull compromise.


The errant watercolour wash that runs down the page to be caught at the last moment.

The clay that is applied at fever pitch and then defined just enough to reflect the soul of the sitter.

Revealing the passion of the figure yet retaining the purity of the nude.

Sailing small boats across oceans but remembering that the sea does not suffer fools for long.

A whole lot of daring and the restraint went into today’s painting.  The scene is a wind blown beach on the island of St John, USVI.  One brush stroke more, or one brush stroke less, would have spelt ruin.



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