Staying for a couple of weeks with my brother in the fabulous Maelgwyn House B&B I had the chance for some hiking, some glorious and not-so-glorious weather, and some sketching.
Proper Dales weather in these sketches. Why is everything so green? Constant watering. I love this landscape though. Not least because there are pubs full of wonderful English beer seemingly situated exactly at the points a tired walker might need them. I think, too, that this landscape almost looks better in the wet. The rain … More Yorkshire Dales 2019
Three weeks of trekking and sketching in France this year. Three weeks is not nearly enough, and I reckon I should probably just go live there, except I’m terrified of cheese. All but one of the sketches here are on my trusty iPad Pro which remains considerably more portable than a whole paint box and … More Provence 2019
I have a new dog who likes a lot of walking so I’ve been out in the bush over the winter enjoying the rain and the rich colours in the forest around Ballarat. I’ve collected together some of the sketches from the past few months onto this page. For anyone who’s interested they were made … More Sketches
The unsung and unseen bearer of so many Monet prints. The supporter of bourgeois purchases across much of the world. How would I be able to impose my personality on an interior space and impress my dinner guests without the picture hook? It deserves a medal, but a grand Soviet-era monumental portrait will have to do. РОДЙНА-МАТЬ ЗОВЕТ! I … More Middle Class Hero 2
In 2011 the Law Society of British Columbia brought a discipline hearing against an unnamed lawyer for referring to another lawyer’s client as living with an odalisque. The Law Society found the use of the word, though an extremely poor choice, did not rise to the level of professional misconduct. (Wikipedia) This is a drawing … More Odalisque
Developing my meditations on the theme of displacement, art history, and my reluctant obsession with the metaphors inherent in objects. Initial drawings with Sharpie pens on discarded packing material are photographed and then combined with other elements in Photoshop and Illustrator. Several years ago I had a conversation with artist, humanist and human-rights activist Bill Kelly about print-making. He considered … More Diaspora 3 (did you pack this yourself, sir?)