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Month: August, 2013

Return to the Gower – I

The sketches and photographs I made at Falls Bay earlier in the year were detailed and close up. Recently I’ve wanted to make an image of the intimidating nature of Lewes Castle (Fall Bay Buttress) that I remember from that trip. It’s been an interesting exercise of breaking out of my comfort zones. Read the rest of this entry »


I am getting help with this I promise

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The list of current sketch/note books on the go is very different – pandemic proportions. I am slowly filling them: promise. The underlying problem of buying things in book shops remains constant.


Some advice I’m not good at following…

But I try!

Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist

Neil Gaiman needs no introduction “Make good art”

Trees in My Art…

Trees in Art

I’m sitting in Green Park (as I write this), it’s 20:30 and I’m just about to have an M&S sandwich for supper. It’s times like this I realize just how sheltered my life is…
In amongst all the French revolutionary politics and nature writing in Waterstones Picadilli I came across a book – Under the Green Wood – Picturing the British Tree From Constable to Kurt Jackson. [There’s an exhibition too.] It was the cover that sold it to me and of course it had to come home with me. Read the rest of this entry »

St Jerome’s day out

I’ve long been a fan of painting of the story of St jerome or Hieronymos as he’s called on the continent. I like the out crops and the sheepish lions. He seemed to hand out in the desert before becoming the patron of archivists and translators – as long as no one minds the books getting grubby.

Recently my Climbing club had a day out at Harrision’s Rocks: a short sandstone outcrop near Tunbridge Wells. It’s not my favourite crag as it’s too steep and sandy for my liking, so I dragged a pile of paper and paints down there with my sandwiches – and managed two and a half pencil sketches.

beech growing on on the rock out crop

beech growing on on the rock out crop

the outcrop is crisscrossed with breaks and cracks

the outcrop is crisscrossed with breaks and cracks

the way leads into the dark

the way leads into the dark

It’s a rather attractive dingily dell. T he climbers keep the rock walls clean. Which looks  natural it for the most part, until you examine the bits that arn’t climbed and are covered in moss and ferns and green stuff.

It’s the perfect place for an early Christian Scholar to bimble around in; much less dusty than a renaissance quarry. When you got stuck on translating the Vulgate Bible and can’t keep your mind off Cicero you can always nip up Wailing Wall in your bare feet. Where do you keep your lion though?

There’s lots of light and shade to work with as well as the distracting detail of the rock itself.

brush strokes make good strata

brush strokes make good strata

But properly prepared papers can do half the work for you.