25 May

This morning I returned to Venice to do a sketch, well I used a photo from our trip in 2014 when it rained a lot, but it was February and relatively quiet so we didn’t have to queue to get in anywhere. We didn’t’ get our planned trip this year because of lockdown but will try again next year if there are any airlines left to fly with!

21 April

Tuesday is portrait day at Broadstone Art Society so we have been sharing a photo to paint from. This week I supplied a photo I took some years ago in Swanage. I am afraid I don’t remember his name but he is a Coast Watch volunteer. Coast Watch are a charity who took over the old coastguard lookouts when the MCA decided the coastguard no longer needed look outs or boats and cut the budget accordingly. They do an excellent job but it sad that the government rely on charities such as Coast Watch and the RNLI to supply safety cover on the coast when almost every other country has those facilities provided by the taxpayer. Rant over!

8 April

When the world was normal I used to do a portrait painting every Tuesday at Broadstone art society. Christine is in charge of arranging the models so she has been providing photos so we can keep painting at home. This week she sent a photo of her beautiful granddaughter Juliette. I have made her look a little. Older than she really is but Chris kindly said she could see the likeness!

3 April

It was lovely in the garden while the sun shone but as soon as I took a cup of tea and a sketch book outside it clouded over and the temperature dropped. I managed to stay out long enough to sketch the shed. The wisteria is getting ready to bud but just looks untidy at the moment.

1 January 2020

I was preparing a couple of canvases with gesso today when I remembered seeing the artist Cesar Santos painting gesso on his sketch book so he could paint with oils or acrylics without the paper curling so I thought I would try it out. It works a treat on my 170gsm Windsor and Newton sketch book so I did this self portrait. A tricorn hat and cloak is de rigeur in Dorset this year!