Thanks and Goodbye, Summer 2015

It’s mid-September and starting to feel distinctly chilly here. A fleece-lined shirt has been donned and the warm socks are out. The summer is fading to a vague memory, thoughts are turning to central heating and cocoa, and high street shops are trying to flog us Christmas. So… I thought it might be nice to…

Art and Stress

I am sometimes surprised at the extent to which it is assumed that painting and drawing is a relaxing pastime. I generally find it quite the reverse. My brain often struggles to process the many simultaneous decisions that it is forced to make each moment working on a piece of artwork. I find this process…

Library with a View

Liverpool Central Library recently underwent a substantial refurbishment, during which it acquired a roof terrace boasting impressive views of the city. The vista takes in landmarks from St George’s Hall to the tops of the Liver Buildings. I visited the terrace for the first time yesterday, accompanied by my trusty A5 sketchbook and fine line…

A Crisp Winter’s Day in Port Sunlight

It can be tiring and frustrating being tied to the computer, picking up emails, replying to emails, picking up more emails, replying to more emails… Last Friday I decided to ‘bunk off’ for a few hours and flex the drawing muscles in Port Sunlight. I’d been waiting for a decent weather forecast for a few…

Autumnal Sunshine and a Walk down the Prom

The first sunny day in what seems like months and a golden opportunity to take the sketchbook out for a spin this afternoon. I haven’t done any sketches in about 6 weeks so, not for the first time, I felt a bit rusty. However, being out in the fresh air, the smell of the sea…