Swindon Artist
Swindon Artist

Jottings

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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Financial Efficiency

Olivia the curator had been working late. It was almost 10pm, and she was feeling exhausted. Only last week the leader of the council had asked for yet another valuation of the oil paintings, this time apparently for insurance purposes. She sighed, local government were unpredictable in

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Down the underground

Sun breaking through a chalky damp dawn, A particular smell, a certain greyish colour. Feeling lifted by the grandeur and perspective of heavyweight capital-city  buildings. The warmth of the Underground, Welcome on a cold day after the midday sun has faded. The clatter of carriages pulling in

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Mistakes

Mistakes are an important part of an artist’s training. No-one likes them, but every mark out of place or muddy colour does clarify something in the mind. You have to reassure yourself – the next painting will be better, and you will never stop learning – that’s

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Experimentation and consolidation

I confess that I am prone to starting far more projects than I am able to resolve. Once you stimulate creativity, it is hard to contain it – particularly if you are as restless as I am! In other words, I get lots and lots of ideas,

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On the way to Chepstow

Some people work on the train; others are happy just to sleep or to admire the view from the window. That morning I took the stopping train to Chepstow which also calls at Severn Tunnel Junction and Caldicot. There weren’t many on board, but I had chance

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Handelsbanken

Swindon has a large and prosperous business community, with companies of all sectors and sizes located throughout the town. Last year I was fortunate to receive a request from Handelsbanken Swindon to assist with the decoration of one of their new meeting rooms. Handelsbanken are a local

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Open Studios, Welcome Feedback

  A third year of Swindon Open Studios has given me much on which to reflect. Above all else, I value honest, unbiased feedback on my work, and my visitors this year certainly helped me to evaluate areas of progress in my work, and parts that need

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Blackpool, Capital of Light

I grew up around 10 miles inland from Blackpool in Wyre Borough, and my parents took my brothers and me to the Blackpool illuminations on many occasions. So it was with great excitement and anticipation that my partner and I went back there for a few days’

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