29 November

I completed another painting of Corfe Castle station because I have sold the two I did back in the summer. I have also ordered some cards with this picture following lots of requests for them during both recent exhibitions.

Corfe Castle station

28 November

Met with Bournemouth and Poole urban sketchers on Poole Quay this morning. It was cold but bearable in the sunshine. These two bikers attracted my attention although one of them rode away before I finished! Do you like the new group stamp? First time it has been used, thanks to Doreen for designing and getting it made.

25 November

Our session at Broadstone art this morning was all about Not Painting! Using unconventional methods of applying paint, ink and pencil to create different marks. Our tutor Margarete showed us some of the techniques she uses before we all had a play. I find totally abstract work difficult so I decided to draw ovals with my left hand and try to discover heads in them. I really enjoyed the process and am quite happy with the results.

22 November

We went on a trip with the art society to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London yesterday. Travelling by coach from Poole we were joined by two pretty young ladies,Amy, the granddaughter of Carole who organised the trip and her friend Alice. They allowed me to do a quick portrait of them on the way up, I was quite pleased with it despite the odd extra line as the coach moved. The exhibition was fascinating, quite a few of the pictures made me wonder how they were chosen and some of the prices were staggering but overall it was a really good day and very inspirational. Thank you Carole for organising the trip.

Alice and Amy
RA Summer exhibition

20 November

There was a huge turnout at Poole Park Run this morning, a lot more than I managed to fit into my sketch. Lots of dogs, buggies, children and runners of all shapes and abilities. It’s a great event, I would join in but I’m too busy painting!

17 November

I popped up to Kingston Lacey for a couple of hours this afternoon looking for autumn colours. The gardens look stunning at this time of year thanks to the team of gardeners, a couple of them stopped long enough to get in the picture.

Kingston Lacey

14 November

Around 54 years ago we formed a band at school. We played in a few youth clubs and school dances and over the years have done the odd wedding and party. Although we live as far apart as London, Dorset and Gloucestershire we managed to get together for a few days last week and had a blast. When do you stop being a boy band?

11 November

We have just spent a couple of days in the company of very good friends in their house in Gloucestershire. They managed to accommodate 13 of us with the help of our camper van and we had a great time playing music and catching up, there was some wine involved! Thank you to Doug and Anne for welcoming us in their beautiful home Tranquility.