Friday, 29 January 2016


A whole new experience - preparing a ground of raw umber on a canvas board, making a light drawing in charcoal and then mixing up different strengths of white with a completely dry brush to build tonal structure prior to painting (with limited palette)... next week.  See below.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Celtic torques found at Blair Drummond, Stirling

Celtic jewellery

Epona   Roman horse goddess

Lucky enough to see this superb exhibition before it closes very soon.  It presents an alternative and more abstracted view of the world and its artistic expression to that of the prevailing Greco-Roman classical figurative and idealistic style. 

David Bowie's reading list

RIP David Bowie. 

Here is a piece about his reading and research The man who read the world.

Who knew that the hit  The Jean Genie was really about Jean Genet?

I certainly did not, but then I did not appreciate or understand Bowie.  Now I am beginning to see how brave and experimental he was.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Horse drawings

Just practising my drawing and checking my knowledge of anatomy, using this lovely photo of the famous French  mare, Treve.

Here is the beginning of the analysis of the anatomy of the shoulder.  Using a sketch drawing.