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I'm an inconsistent artist, hugely distracted by life. I create in a variety of media including words, pictures, food and laundry. I do it because I can't seem to not. Sometimes it's fun.

Symbolism, memory and truth - picturing the past.

13 March 2012

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Two circus clowns visit Pierrot in hospital

For decades I have wanted to write stories and paint pictures about my childhood. I've made many attempts, but with little sucess. Many old photographs have survived, particularly of my parents visiting me in hospital and Chailey Heritage. In the early ones, I'm very ill. Nearly all of them show big smiles and hugs. Memories tell  it differently. Copying photographs can be pointless and dreary. But recently, while doing just that, something unusual happened. As I was drawing, I kept asking...

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Lost and found: An old school doodle.

29 April 2012

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Doodle from my school days.

I’ve lived in so many places; I’m amazed anything important has survived. Drawings, oil paintings, sketch books - lost, stolen, destroyed (by me) or just gone… A few oil paintings were recently discovered in the form of two and a quarter inch square negatives. I hope to have these digitally rescued soon. The earliest surviving example of my artistic output is this scribble, from my skooldaze. I was about 12 years old. The picture (scanned and edited in Photoshop) shows the...

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Words and pictures

20 January 2012

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Drawing of a church

These days I draw without passion or compulsion. I do it with complete acceptance and absolute commitment. I don’t have to do it. It’s not a problem. Drawing is a conversation between me and the world. Everything I see is a potential picture. When I’m drawing (I sometimes use water colour and coloured pencil) I feel I’m connecting with the subject, and with the space around and between us. These are moments of being. Drawing is handy when not much is happening. There...

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