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New exhibition

I am going to have an exhibition of my paintings in Aldeburgh in Suffolk at the beginning of November during the poetry festival which is over the weekend of November 2nd. This is exciting but also rather daunting – I need to produce around forty framed pictures which I will need to sell as I…
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Painting in Provence July 2017

Just back from a glorious 2 weeks painting in Provence – near Apt. Ten students, one tutor and delicious food and drink. I used a combination of gouache, watercolour, ink and pastel. I decided that I love pastels and must instantly invest in more colours. Unison in Northumberland seem to make the best…. To see…
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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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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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