Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To see the world in a grain of sand (adapted from William Blake)

Mixed media on wood panel  24" x 24"

Checking up on the title I realised I had used this poem once before, last year, as inspiration - "a robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage". Purely one of those odd life coincidences. The poem's called "Auguries of Innocence". Notice I have change the article in the first line to "the" from Blake's original "a".  That's why I have had to say "adapted from William Blake".

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oh Butterfly

Mixed media on wood panel 24" x 24"

I have been reading, amongst other things, an interesting little detective novel by Jacqueline Winspear, set in the 1930s though written in recent years (It is called Maisie Dobbs).  The lady detective of the book title's name is remembering her mentor's words:  "As soon as you think you have found the answer, you have closed the path and may miss vital new information.  Wait awhile in the stillness, and do not rush to conclusions, no matter how uncomfortable the unknowing."  These words echo the notions behind systemic thinking and complex systems and they also map onto that Eastern wisdom which we in the West seem to have buried too deeply to generally recognise. I suppose this is what I am trying to explore in this latest work.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Two plus two does not equal four

Mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"


Mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"

I have been working on this one this morning and have just re-posted it. It's a strange thing, that small voice niggling you saying 'that's not quite how you want it is it?".  But now it is.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015


Mixed media on canvas 36" x 36"

The war in Syria goes on.  Whilst I am pushing stuff around on a piece of canvas in my nice safe studio in my nice "safe" country there are others whose lives are being torn apart by idiocy.  Where this painting came from I don't know exactly. All of us here have been horrified at what is happening in the Middle East but it was never my plan to put that to canvas. It just happened. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"

These paintings, a pain in the b*** to photograph but a joy and an effort to paint.  Each mark is I hope intuitively excavated against the smooth areas of canvas which feel like an oasis. 

Tuesday, October 06, 2015