Friday, 27 November 2009


I have written before about how hard a model has to work - even in maintaining a 'short' pose.

Today I had a second session with one of my new models, Julia. We only had two hours in which to work, but it was a very productive time.

The poses we chose were demanding, and she put as much effort into holding these as I did in capturing her lithe grace.

There are a couple more drawings from this session on my website.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Christmas In London

I was pleased to receive the Browse & Darby Christmas Exhibition invite through the post this week.

Two of my latest Tresco paintings, beautifully framed by Geraint Davies, are included in the exhibition.

The opening dates and times are shown above. If you're anywhere near Cork Street I'd strongly recommend a visit - there is some great work on display by a number of important artists.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Two Life Models

A drawing from each of my two sessions with different models last week.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Day Of Rest

Few people truly appreciate what hard work it is to sit for a drawing.

The word 'sit' itself implies a degree of rest and relaxation.

I can say from personal experience that it is anything but.

Holding a pose can be extremely tiring and intense. There are times when the physical discomfort can become overwhelming.

I'm very grateful for the huge effort that my models put into 'sitting' for me.

Here are some photographs from todays drawing session. A more detailed version can be seen at my website.

Friday, 13 November 2009


I spent today with another wonderful model, Dot, who has also had breast cancer.

I was really pleased with how our first session went. She will be visiting again in a few weeks for another session.

There's another pastel drawing here on my website.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Cheryl - First Session

Cheryl, who I met during my radiotherapy treatment late last year, became my latest model today.

Here is a sketch from our first session together.

I made preliminary sketches today as I intend to work with her again later this month.

I feel very lucky to have met Cheryl. She has been an inspiration to me. I didn't think it was possible to meet someone with a more positive attitude to breast cancer than myself - but Cheryl has!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Hammer and Tacks

I recently re-discovered this painting of the studio space at the Medlock campus in Manchester - where I did my first degree in Fine Art from 1986-89.

The first thing I noticed about the painting was its construction. I still make, stretch and prepare my own canvases. But the difference is that I now have my own staple-gun, which would have been a rare and expensive item for an art student in those days. I used a hammer and tacks to secure the canvas - as you can see from the photograph above.

This painting was originally hung at my mother's house in Normandy, and much admired, but then put into storage and forgotten when she returned to England.

I was thrilled to see it again, though briefly: it has just found a buyer, and is being shipped to the United States.

I will write more later this week about the memories of Manchester, and my days as a student there, that the painting has awakened.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

The Death of Actaeon

Earlier this week I took a trip up to London, partly to be photographed for The Times (of which I'll write more later), and also for a visit to the National Gallery.

I always enjoy spending time looking at the beautiful painting by Titian, The Death of Actaeon.

I love the drama, the movement, and the warm brown colours. Titian captures pure beauty and strength in his women - and it is a huge privilege to be able to see his paintings for free in London over 500 years after they were painted.