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Sketchers beware

                    There once was a bloke from Gorse Hill Who set out with sketchbooks to fill He drew first some shoppers Then one or two coppers… His work’s now in hands of th’old bill.

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Grangetown

There’s a sculpture here that people ignore Look up when you climb the steep station steps Grangetown’s been around Since wagons worked coal down Clive Street When I first came, several years ago, My partner lived by here, just a few feet away View of the platform from

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Out Shopping

Each country has its favourite supermarket. Heart and soul of modern life, these giant stores reflect our national character through the choice of products they offer for sale. Brands such as Carrefour, Tesco, Delhaize are ready to respond to our every need (almost), serving us around the

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Renewed commitment

After the last goodbye We take down the poster Photographs are dusted, returned to the sideboard Table and chairs are returned to their places I vow to take down all my paintings Put away all the exhibits, the drawings Clear out the studio, renew the space Time

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The door opens from the outside

English people love DIY. Propelled by a sense of self-destiny, we’ll tackle almost any household task. Whether by independence or pure impatience, we’re also adept at ‘self service’, especially when there is a long queue in the supermarket. It won’t come as any surprise, therefore, that certain

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Memories of Brussels

   I am very lucky to have lived in many places across Europe, and I have fond memories of the time I spent in Brussels. Nowhere is quite like the capital of Belgium and the EU.  At first I lived in Jette, a suburb at the northern

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Arches of gold

A reliable meal on the Great Western Way Where chip shop meets burger bar Drive through all day The arches of gold The cartons of crimson Many a lunch-on-the-go to be sol

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Visit Swindon Open Studios 2017!

A trip to an artist’s studio is a chance to discover new ideas and techniques for making art. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions, to see things in a different way – perhaps you might connect with a familiar subject, or a work that speaks to

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Sketching at the National Gallery

     On the morning that I spent in the National Gallery, there were three of us working in front of Veronese’s paintings. In the middle of the room, a young painter had set up his easel to make an oil sketch – ‘Forgive me if I

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Not so much finish as ‘resolve’ a painting?

‘It’s not about finishing a painting, but bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion’ That’s what Mr Jones, our art teacher at school, used to tell us during our weekly critiques of each other’s work. I remember that phrase now as I look at three paintings in the

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