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October 2020
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White on White 100cmx100cm Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas First attempt at sticking the recycled plastic water bottle butterflies to the canvas a failure. At least, neither the canvas or the butterflies were damaged. Worked out a system to keep them in straight lines using a wood strip secured with clamps as a guide. Finding gaps in the mark making butterflies amongst

‘MM’ oil on canvas 50cmx60cm, my study of Manet’s painting ‘Before the mirror’, which he painted in 1846, has been included in the SCAVA “Old Masters” exhibition that will open on the 17th November. Mist hanging low over the mountains made for a pretty, if a tad nervy ride. Zero visibility with my glasses coated in mist. Followed Craig’s bright socks hoping that he

Studio apartment antics. Coq au vin. A starter of veg soup, with a hint of Durban curry heat and fried Chorizo croutons. Finally happy with the recycled plastic water bottle butterfly mobile. It’s effect under the uv-light fabulous. I won’t be doing any more, as they are incredibly time consuming. But, pretty. Production line of butterfly painting for ‘White-on-White’. The butterflies sorted into groupings according

‘White-on-White’, or perhaps I should be calling it the ‘Absence of Colour’?. The addition of acrylic Matt medium to the white paint, creating the contrast between the Agnes Martin inspired bands. My eyes feeling like I’m in a snow-storm, white-out! Graphite lines, a guide. Infuriating in the smudges of grey in the increasingly annal fixation with line and purity. The flex in the canvas,

Forest Oil on canvas 90cmx120cm Special Recognition for ‘Art of Outstanding Quality’ at the 10th Annual International Landscapes Exhibition. Chosen from 740 entries and 27 different countries around the world. The Forests, bursting with spring flowers. Yellow, purple and white blossoms. I wanted that slightly misty, ethereal quality to my painting. Summer lightness, and brilliance. Without being insipid. That touch of Paul Cézanne, yellow and turquoise. White-on-White. Preliminary