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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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Hot summers, sticky sweets, and not so golden days.

25 March 2012

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Sweet Sunday

This picture is the latest in what I believe will be a long series, the working title of which is ‘Sundays’. Whereas the first one was hand drawn and painted, Sweet Sunday was created digitally, with a camera and scanner to get the images into the computer. I used a combination of  Serif and Adobe software to edit the images and create the picture. As previously described, Sunday visiting in the institution was special, extraordinary and transient. Visitors invariably brought...

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I am an artist. Not in so many words.

3 November 2012

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Digital photo collage and self portrait

A job became available so I jumped at it. You know how it is. Life is long while money is short. If you’ve got health, you’ve got wealth, said my Jewish aunties, followed by a chorus of approval from the entire rest of the family. Of course, they meant good health, not just any old health. In those days, health was what you had if you weren’t ill. Nowadays governments say we must have health and well being, healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and a healthy bank balance....

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