Seaweed and Sandgazing

I spent the morning drawing dried seaweed with Sandgazer Jenny. Jenny has a real gift for opening people’s eyes to the wonderful things all around us that are normally overlooked. She collected the seaweed from the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll. Jenny is documenting grains of sand collected from all around the world in her photography and art, …

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Autumn 2014 art classes

Just been planning for the next term of my art classes at Williamson Park and my studio at Halton Mill.  Here’s the flyers. The classes begin the second week of September.  

‘Loop the loop’- Madagascan pitcher plants. Acrylic on board.

I called this painting ‘Loop the Loop’. It shows (in fairly unscientific detail) carnivorous Madagascan pitcher plants, of the genus Nepenthes. Memorable to me because on my first trip to Madagascar aged 22 I was really struck by their exotic jungley appearance. I had never been in the tropics before, and I was reading Robert Drury’s Journal , …

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Summer Art Workshops at Williamson Park, Lancaster

I’m running two art workshops at Williamson Park this summer. They’re ideal for anyone who’d like a shot at drawing and painting but can’t manage regular art classes. Numbers will be restricted to allow plenty individual tuition. Booking essential – contact Janet at jmr@jmr.org.uk or 07786 868783. I’m away on holiday between 28th June and 6th July but either …

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Paintings of May

May is my favourite month. It’s just beautiful. It looks nice, smells nice, sounds nice! Bird song and cherry blossom, bluebells and cow parsley. These two paintings are celebrations of May, spring has finally well and truly sprung. Who could be sad walking into summer? At the beginning of the month the lanes around here …

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