Dead Reckoning


How we work out where we are and where other things are and where we will end up.

And the Heavens Opened

Heavens Opened

This is my card to send to artist David Sandum in Norway for his ‘twitterart’ project to raise money for children’s books at his local library. If you don’t know about it read here but get your skates on or there won’t be time!

Good luck David – a great idea.

In the Beginning


100 posts since Feb 25th when I started this blog. Over 10,000 site views, thank you all for your interest and support. Producing work is reward in itself but getting a positive response from so many of you out there has been a real spur and encouragement. Thank you again.


In the beginning because this is what I imagine the moment of creation might have looked like.




Of course there were no cameras then, or artists, so we will never know for sure.

A Cruel Streak

Cruel streak sm

This is a pastel drawing approximately A2 in size with montaged images from my own photography and other layered elements. I was experimenting with gestural mark making and discovered a ghost figure appearing over the door. A tutor once related how Leonardo amongst others looked for found images suggested in clouds, flames, even damp patches on plaster. I don’t know if it is true but I like to think it is. Serendipity in the creative process is magical, but only when it is recognised.



Seeing fellow artists post their life drawing reminded me that I had some of the same tucked away somewhere. This was from a session that I ran with a colleague from a neighbouring school at what was then called the Mappin Gallery in Sheffield. It has since been converted into a ‘state of the art touchy feely button press’ museum. My 5 year old nephew loved it.
Remembering those life drawing sessions and how inspired the students were makes me want to have another go.


A painting / portrait of my father from about 1997

He is a retired lecturer in engineering hence the engine bits and the orthoographic projection.

Acrylic on MDF varnishied. approx A2 i dimension