new work


my exhibition at winterbourne show cases eight new abstracts and i will be talking about them this thursday during the lunchtime lecture. i’ll also be showing behind the scenes photographs taken during the making of our film, remembrance of things passed, and talking about the making of the portraits which are a new addition to the walls of winterbourne house. previously unseen photographs of winterbourne house & garden taken in the snow last january will also be seen when three feet of snow fell whilst the house was closed; a magical landscape. i have put together 100 odd images to show and just need to find now a memory stick with enough memory to store the material so i can bring it over on thursday. there was  mention of the exhibition in saturday’s birmingham mail. hope to see you there! birmingham mail article


winterbourne snow


when i began my residency at winterbourne last january the snow had fallen and shaped winterbourne into a visually softened silent spectacle different to all that was to follow in the ensuing months of growth. this painting sought to capture the quiet beauty of the changed landscape and was the view form my studio window.

Snow & Smocking Day 5


water colour study from my sketch book

water colour study from my sketch book

February 11th 2013

Woke up to snow- roads chaotic and missed my train. Was dropped off at Shrub Hill to hear my train had been cancelled but would be going form Foregate Street. Guard said I might just make it (in hindsight I think he thought I was in a car) so I ran from Shrub Hill to Foregate Street, leaping up the stairs two at a time just as the whistle blew and blow me! they wouldn’t let me on. I had to wait an hour for the next train which turned out to be recovery time in the hotel over the road. Finally at Winterbourne I drew an elevated view point of the garden from the window, an Edwardian smocked dress in the nursery and Nina’s teenage well worn leather boots similar to a pair I used to have (“strong boots for sculpture”). Also began an oil painting in dark under drawing of burnt umber. Incidentally Rymans were happy to sell me a blackboard – to write when I’m next in – but had no chalk!  Museum was very quiet because of the snow. This drawing approach with vertical emphasis is influencing my painting approach. Asparagus cup a soup at lunch time was certainly not homegrown but very welcome on a bitter cold day all the same. I’m not adding any Liquin to the oil  in order to retain brush marks and I think I prefer it. Chatted to two young ladies from Holland; one so fluent that she sounded English (when I asked her if she was English she said her mother would be delighted). Tried to capture the view from the hobbies’ room on my mini video only to find the card was full so used a trusty pencil instead. Then on to a private view at Worcester Cathedral to write a review of work of Dan Roach’s work. I like the time between four and five most when all the visitors have gone.

Thaw (extract) 110102

Thaw (extract)

Grey growler lurches forth

Past soft edged solid road

And low light snow surfaces

As disconsolate trees breathe…..

Dreary sledges in long night mist dim straight abreast

As white town turns

And leading magpies blankly glide;

Eternal ice flow drips and grey grime skids –

As this grey dawn starts to thaw.

10722 virgin

snow white emulsion

painted on virgin plaster –

gives egg shell finish

gorgeous future (haiku 10327)

galanthus over

snow buds fade in green divide

for gorgeous future