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Thrilled that my commissioned portrait ‘Deurmekaar Weskus’ has been selected for the 6th International Faces and Figures Exhibition, from 601 entries. The sides of the portrait sorted. Load shedding darkness. Milky Way striking. Firefly, fishing boats out on the estuary. Perfect, pork-belly on the Kamado Jan. MTB ride through Gouna Pass to the Italian church. Mist tendrils amongst the Forest, carrying secrets of

‘Palette Leftovers’ sold and in its new home. Vibrant swirls of colour that entice and fascinate.  Storms tearing through. Unsettled nights. Huge moon. Chaotic winds. The Forest beautiful at first light, and Running with the sunrise, noticeably earlier. The commissioned portrait, ‘Deurmekaar Weskus’, mostly sorted. A few Issues to clean up. A tad darker in spots, and grey-white smears needing touching up, once the paint

’Fisherman’ Oil on canvas 76cmx104cm Indian Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, rather than the Madder Red I used in the initial painting of the ’Fisherman’, has given it an unintended ’fiery’ glow. Somewhat poetical, given that the first painting was destroyed in a fire? Mixing the Alizarin Crimson with Burnt Umber changed the tone, creating a much more powerful portrait, and closer to what I was

Thrilled that my portrait of ‘Soli’ has been selected for the second round of judging at 'BP Portrait 2020’. It's the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world, held for the 41st year at the National Portrait Gallery. Getting it framed,and delivered to London by months end a logistical nightmare. Particularly with the Brexit mess. Still, a nice one to have! Ladies in the Waves’,

A Precious Life Oil on canvas 50cmx50cm In the stormy, chilly weather. My smashed clavicle aches. As do my diabetic toes. Yet, this seems trivial. Compared, to the unfathomable, concept. Reality. That my sister Is gone. From, this world. Impossible. The paintings from Pringle Bay are back after being put onto stretchers. Grouped together, they create a wall of tumbling energy. Radiating heat from sun warmed

'Soli’ acrylic on canvas 50cmx50cm ‘Take a deep breath, and settle yourself down.’ With grateful thanks to Soli and the many hours of companionship on our daily journeys to Worcester when Mum Sterley was ill. The comment on the recipe (Plate) ‘the best osso bucco of my life’, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We tried to emulate the conditions, with a night of storms and a

Fishing Oil on canvas 20cmx20cm Painting of Peter ‘Come Along’ received a Special Recognition Award for 'Outstanding Art' at the LST 2019 Figurative Online Exhibition. Amongst the top 15 paintings chosen from 845 entries, from 35 countries. This is the fifth year in a row that my portraits have received international recognition. Baked cheesy brinjals, from the latest Taste magazine, must be the most flavoursome brinjal dish

‘Come-Along’ Oil on canvas 76cmx104cm The latest painting in my ‘Humanising the Homeless’ series of portraits. Peter and his constant companion, ‘come-along’. He is rough sleeping street dog, so I used the crumpled finger ends of the gloves to produce a rough texture for his fur. His eyes, full of his ‘Yoda’ like wisdom. The magical Monaco Madder colour adding depth and richness to the

The clock is reset. Washing machine rumbling. Empty wine bottles. Fire light. A touch of jazz, above the laughter. Smell of paint in the studio. Rain against the windows. Wind searching for gaps. Home. Breathing life after the week away. Wet dog smell, combined with a tinge of lagoon mud, and sea salt. The dust of the Karoo, replaced by mud. Thrilled to receive a Special

'Johannes’, a painting in my ‘Humanising the Homeless’ series, has been recognized by the London International Creative Competition, in the professional painting category. This is the 7th year that my work has won an award in the professional painting category at the LICC. The LICC is a juried competition with well over 1500 entries from 65 countries focused on innovative artwork. Submissions are juried by