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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Friday, April 11, 2014

In the heat of the moment

To my mind, water colours are best when thrown down in the heat of the moment.  A painting that takes longer than thirty-minutes is invariably a failure.  Let me clarify that statement by saying that it has taken me seventy years to say what I have to say in less than thirty minutes. 

On occasions, I still make the mistake of laboring too long.  But then, as I throw aside my failed painting, my model heaves a sigh of relief and stretches like she’s never stretched before.  It is then that I grab the nearest sheet of paper at yell: “Hold it there...please...just for a couple of minutes!”   

In today’s painting you have forever that rare couple of minutes.

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