4 December

I have been out visiting a sick friend today so I haven’t had time to paint. I painted a watercolour last week that didn’t really work as a whole but there are sections I am happy with so here is one of them. I don’t deliberately do abstract work so this is a first.

3 December

Back in 2002 I used to go off roading with Richard and his daughter Amy and my son Duncan. Richard brought Storm along for the ride in his swb Defender. I had a lwb truck cab series 3 which was slow and noisy on the road but great in the mud. Duncan and Amy are both in the police now and none of us have land rovers any more.

30 November

Last week they were re surfacing part of the A35 in Bournemouth. Theses road rollers were parked in a side road overnight so I walked past them every morning when out walking the dogs. I painted this from a photo as I can’t make the dogs wait while I sketch on site, at least not by the roadside.

29 November

This was done using some photos I took on the beach yesterday. I wanted to explore the shapes the joggers made and it’s easier to do it from a photo than from life. The fountain I used had water soluble ink which darkens the colours as it runs.

28 November

I cycled down to the beach this morning and spent an hour sat on the prom sketching the joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying a mild sunny morning. I sketched in pen and added watercolour when I couldn’t fit any more figures in. It’s difficult to get the sense of movement in joggers even though they are past and gone in a flash.

27 November

Kimmeridge is one of my favourite places on Dorset’s Jurassic coast. This is from a photo I took last month when I was painting there with some of the art group. The tower on the headland is Clavell tower which had to be moved a few years ago when it was in danger of falling over the cliff. It featured in Agatha Christie’s novel “The Black Tower” which like lots of her stories was set in Dorset.

26 November

Nuala with two of her training buddies Bramble and Lexie. We haven’t been able to do much training this year and I don’t expect we will do any until Easter at the earliest. I do train her at home with Fletcher but it’s not the same as being in a field with lots of other dogs.