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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The practical vs the poetic

As much as I enjoy waxing lyrical on these diary pages, I invariably find that it is practical instruction that many readers are after.

To make amends, here are some pictures of work in progress on a bas relief that will serve as a sign for my studio and gallery.  A few years ago I used the same figure for a small relief dedicated to the memory of the Virgin Island poet Sheila Hyndman Wheatley.  This time the relief is to a larger scale: 3ft x 5ft 6ins. 

I am taking a wax impression from the clay and strengthening the wax with a plaster backing.  The relief will be cast in three sections.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thirty-five years ago

Thirty-five years ago, on the shore of an idyllic cove in the British Virgin Islands, I opened shop in the Caribbean with the Marquee Studio and Gallery.  My boat, along with half a dozen sailing yachts, swung at anchor a few yards off the sandy beach.  The water in the cove was crystal clear.  Seldom did a day pass without the sale of a painting or a copy of my book Virgin Island Sketches.

Today the anchorage is crowded with charter boats and the shore jam-packed with marinas, restaurants and hotels.

Ten years ago, after a period in the UK, I relocated my studio and gallery to the island of Dominica.  Scenically, it is paradise re-found.  On the down side, a month can go by without making a single sale. But then again, I no longer paint the expected!

Today’s pictures show the Marquee Studio and Gallery and my present Antrim Valley Studio and Gallery.