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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Sunday, June 19, 2016

A woman undressing


This two -minute thumbnail sketch dates back to 2009 and shows my wife Denise undressing before modelling.

The sculptor Auguste Rodin is quoted as saying: A woman undressing… is like the sun breaking through the clouds.

In a similar vein, the American writer Francis Warrington Dawson claimed: The nude alone is well dressed.

I experience a similar revelation when I strip my clay figures of the protective polythene wrap that keeps them moist between modelling sessions.


This morning mist from the mountains kept the clay moist while, in poor light, I began work on Marcella’s left hand.


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