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Tabernacle exhibition

I am having a joint exhibition at the Tabernacle from May 9th-13th. This came about as I met my four fellow exhibitors courses we all did at the Royal Drawing School. They ran a series of courses on painters who had painted in London – Hogarth, Turner and Blake – hence the theme of our exhibition….
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Dovedale Arts Festival

This coming weekend is the Dovedale Arts Festival in Derbyshire. Music, literature and paintings in a beautiful setting. Eight of my recent  collages will be on show along with two other painters.

Exhibition over ..

My exhibition at the Tabernacle has finished – it went really well and I sold lots! People went on being very complimentary and continued to say that my paintings made people feel happy – which really is the best thing anyone could say. There is also something very gratifying about seeing one’s work en masse and hanging…
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Exhibition

Exhibition going well – very positive feedback. Some people like the more conventional paintings – but many prefer my collages – which I  really enjoy doing. Somebody emailed me to say that he could see my paintings made people happy – what a compliment. The exhibition will stay on at the Tabernacle until Saturday 14th…
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Slightly Foxed

I gave a talk yesterday at the Slightly Foxed Literary Day which took place at the Art Worker’s Guild in Queen’s Square. I talked about how I started the Travel Bookshop and various of my travels. Other speakers were Melissa Harrison, Justin Cartwright, Dervla Murphy who was interviewed by Rose Baring of Eland and Ursula…
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Last minute panic

I’ve suddenly started a whole different way of painting and collage-making and am keen to get several into the exhibition which is fast approaching. I thought for a long time about the invitation that I have sent out – did I dare as it was so different – but I’m glad I dared do it…
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Exhibition date change

Just a short post for all those waiting on tenterhooks for my exhibition!! I have changed the date – it will no longer be in September. It will still be at the Tabernacle – but the new date is Tuesday November 10th through November 14th.

Genoa

Went to Genoa for a long weekend many advantages – NO tourists (apart from those joining cruise ships), good food and wine, the fact you could walk everywhere – but many of the paintings fairly second-rate. Grand palazzi in narrow streets, a wonderful Rubens of the Circumcision (quite a rare subject) and an amazing treasury…
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West Dean

Great weekend doing a mixed-media landscape painting course at West Dean with Chris Forsey. Chris and I met for the first time in the Orangery (where the course was to be) and in the sink was a live mouse desperately trying to get out. I tried to catch it – but it escaped …. (note…
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Biographer’s Club

On Wednesday I chaired a meeting of the Biographer’s Club held at the Betsey Trotwood Pub in Clerkenwell Road. The panel discussion was titled ‘How to Survive as a Writer’ and we had 3 excellent panellists – Paula Johnson who administers prizes and grants for the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Literature,…
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