Paintblog (got a lot on)

September 9, 2016

I've just spent three and a half weeks in Bali which after 10 years of annual visits I now feel to be my second home.

This last Wednesday was Galungan, a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit...

July 1, 2016

I read a Facebook post yesterday about the the unveiling of a new portrait of Clare Christian, the president of Tynwald. (For those who don't know, Tynwald is our Parliament here on the Isle of Man). The post questioned the cost of such a commission but became a public...

April 24, 2016

 

 

 

 Next week I am taking part in the 2016 Isle of Man Arts Festival along with almost 40 talented and varied Manx artists.  Formerly known as WOSAT (Western Open Studios Art Trail) the festival has now grown to cover many exciting venues and open studios throughout th...

March 28, 2016

I first visited Bali about 10 years ago and it was then, as they say, that the scales fell away from my eyes. The scales of subdued hues and winter tones gave way to the glory of tropical colour.

I’ve never been a peacock in the way I dress, preferring the anonymity of...

March 1, 2016

 

 

I love books and films about art. I have many favourites: Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh was a staple of my childhood TV viewing as was The Agony and the Ecstasy (with Charlton Heston as Michaelangelo - secretly he was a bit of a fave). The Moon and Sixpence, Camille Claud...

February 18, 2016

 

I’m often asked about the place where I paint.

I’m fortunate that I have a whole room to myself because most of the time it's a mess. It has become, as well as my work area, a repository (dumping ground?) for books, and ceramics, and textiles, and more books and prosth...

February 8, 2016

I’m not fussy what I paint, as long as I’m painting something. It could be a stick, a boat, a dead bird,  anything which grabs my creative attention.  People frequently ask me why I don't "do" landscapes and instead choose to paint teapots, paintbrushes or incomplete f...

January 7, 2016

It’s said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. And (never start a sentence with 'and') so it is with many of life’s journeys.  A new career, a new painting…..a blog.  All are steps into the unknown and as such require confidence and the desire...

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