• Latest Backdrops

    Fragments of early 20th century backdrops, lifted from photographs then digitally extended with titles taken from Rilke's 'Duino Elegies'. The Living Know This Only In Gentle Leaf She Shows Him The Towering Trees of Tears No Longer To Live On Earth Is Strange The Interval Between The World And Our Toys The World Is Nowhere My Love If … Continue Reading

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One Season Of Our Secret Year
And Sings Him Forward Into The Storm
Every Muffled Turning Of The World
Not Only All The Summer's Dawns
The World Is Nowhere My Love If Not Within
The Interval Between The World And Our Toys

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Correspondence I (Detail)
Creatures #19
The Wall
Emergence II
Past Present XI
‘Missded’ 2, Token 26
Emergence I
Remembered Visit to Birkenau
'Missded' 1, Token 14
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Latest Backdrops

Latest Backdrops

Fragments of early 20th century backdrops, lifted from photographs then digitally extended with titles taken from Rilke's 'Duino Elegies'. The ...
Extended Backdrops

Extended Backdrops

Further to my last blog, I have created some more extended backdrops using old, WWI postcards ...
Backdrops

Backdrops

I’ve been working on the theme of backdrops lately, using those in early 20th century portrait photographs such as that ...
Komorebi

Komorebi

I discovered a lovely Japanese word today which describes the very things I've been painting and filming in the woods ...
Acorns

Acorns

In my work I have always been interested in the past and how we can empathise with those who lived ...
Scroll Work

Scroll Work

I've been looking at ways of developing work with scrolls and in particular, how to utilise the background of the ...
Goethean Observation: Japanese Scroll

Goethean Observation: Japanese Scroll

Introduction There are many different interpretations of the Geothean (a method of observing as described by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ...
Mistakes

Mistakes

I like it when I make mistakes, or, as in the case of this painting, it wasn't going the way ...
The Leaf Is Singing Still

The Leaf Is Singing Still

A music work in progress the title of which comes from Mary Oliver: "What can I say that I have ...
Past Present

Past Present

After completing a recent painting (see below), I wondered whether to add colour as per the initial idea, but I ...
Scrolls

Scrolls

I'm going to be producing some scrolls using the shadow calligraphy I've created in the woods and having had a ...
As Yet Untitled

As Yet Untitled

I've started a new painting on an 80cm square canvas which takes the concept of shadows cast by trees in ...
Holes

Holes

Whilst painting in the woods at the weekend, I also used my shadows notebook, painting some of the shadows which ...
Scroll

Scroll

The paintings I made at Shotover, using ink, rice paper and calligraphy brushes, are like written characters from an unknown ...
A Calligraphy of Shadows

A Calligraphy of Shadows

Taking advantage of the beautiful, sunny weather today, I got up at the crack of dawn and drove over to ...
More Paintings

More Paintings

Emergence I Emergence II Emergence III Emergence IV ...
Through the Shadows I oil on canvas

Latest Paintings

Through the Shadows I Through the Shadows II Through the Shadows III Through the Shadows IV ...
Walking Meditation 2

Walking Meditation 2

Following on from my first walking meditation, I did another, again around Blenheim Park, the list from which is below ...
Knowing We Are There

Knowing We Are There

I was reading 'Landmarks' by Robert McFarlane last night and was struck by a quote from American author and essayist ...
Venice by Moonlight 1840

Venice by Moonlight 1840

Yesterday I made my way to London to see the 'Sargent and Fashion' exhibition at Tate Britain which really is ...
Fragments and Additions

Fragments and Additions

I've always been interested in the idea of fragments of the past and how, mentally, we add to them in ...
Reimagining The Past

Reimagining The Past

This post follows on from one I wrote previously on 'Rinsho'. Below are two painting I made in woods in ...
Photograph taken during a walking meditation

Walking Meditation 1

Blenheim Palace Park I discovered this walk with my children at the weekend and so I returned today to do ...
List of Everyday Moments

Mindful Walking I

One of the ways in which I have helped myself during recent low points has been the practice of mindful ...
Grief II

Grief II

We have all lost someone in our lives, whether that's through death or the breakdown of a relationship. Both are ...
Three New Paintings

Three New Paintings

Completed this evening... Old Note, oil on board, 2023 Sun Breaks Through, oil on board, 2023 Sunburst, oil on board, ...
Nana's Mountain

Nana’s Mountain

First painting I've finished in a long while. I called this one 'Nana's Mountain', after the hill behind her garden, ...
Painting

Painting

I've started painting again and have begun my journey using water-based oils which I must say are rather good. The ...
Microscope image of Roman Glass

Iridescence

Since buying the piece of Roman glass I described in my previous post, I've been interested in its iridescent surface ...
Roman Bottle

Roman Bottle

I recently purchased a beautiful Roman Unguentarium (2nd or 3rd century AD) and have undertaken a Goethean observation of it ...
Rinsho

Rinsho

After my last post I watched a video by calligrapher Tomoko Kawao in which she mentions the practice of Rinsho, ...
Shadow Calligraphy

Shadow Calligraphy

On Saturday, whilst at Shotover with the kids, I took some time - whilst they were climbing trees - to ...