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.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


The title of today’s post is taken from a poem by Jessica about the colours of love.  It begins:

Let’s paint a perfect picture just you and I…

It then runs through a kaleidoscope of colours related to the highs and lows of love, ending with:

Now before me stands a confusion of colours
Which I’ve just struggled with for hours
Still the colours of love, I cannot define,
So just go ahead and ColourMeBlind.

Jessica read the poem on stage at Lyrics Under The Stars, an event that showcases Dominican poets and musicians.   My job was to get the colours down in sync with the lines. Today’s picture shows the end result. 

As part of our double act, we also shared reading the lines of The Painter and the Poet.  You’ll find the first verse on my diary page dated 14th March.

Both poems were well received by the audience, so if my forthcoming exhibition fails we might try our luck on stage.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A New Lease of Life

Here is the poster and the program of events for my forthcoming exhibition.  It will comprise of forty recent paintings and twelve pieces of sculpture.  As you can see from the program, it will be more than just pictures on wall and sculptures on plinths. 

With less than five weeks to the opening, I’m even busier than usual….and that says a lot

Sunday, May 11, 2014

From one thing to another

When sketched this scene forty years ago Dominica’s Roseau Bay Front was a sleepy sandy beach where fishermen sold their catch.  That was yesterday.  Just as Constable would be painting trucks rather than Haywains if he were to return to earth, my job as a painter is to record today
Here then is today’s Bay Front with cruise ship, tour buses, vendors and tourists.

How I miss yesterday!  But in the words of Noel Coward, “The mood has gone to linger on would spoil it anyhow…”

Sunday, May 4, 2014

From 1538 to the day before yesterday

The first painting is Titian’s “Venus of Urbino” and the second, my painting from the day before yesterday.  There have been many changes in the course of five hundred years but the beauty of the nude remains.

Out of all the possible ways of depicting the female nude, the reclining nude is my favorite.  And the same goes for my models, for what better way is there for day-dreaming through a sultry afternoon.