Painting & Writing
As 2020 Ends

As 2020 Ends

As 2020 ends, we received a gift. We have a vaccine; it’s a wonderful achievement; a hopeful weapon in suppressing the deadly virus. But this disease isn’t yet corralled, as 2020 ends. So, I won’t be laying down my paintbrushes any time soon; nor, will I be closing my...

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Brace Yourself

Brace Yourself

You’d better brace yourself, today, I tell myself as I strap on a well-used back brace. Of course, the old back isn’t the only thing that needs a bit of support these days. In an autumn’s garden there’s always an occasion to give myself a pep talk, or ask a cautionary...

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Goldfish, Coivd-19 and Me

Goldfish, Coivd-19 and Me

Matisse’s painting of a bowl of goldfish in a darkened room, “guarded” by two cats tickled me. (Interior with Goldfish) It seemed to tell a story with several chapters; a story I’ve adapted in my paintings, many times over the past ten months that Covid has been...

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The Tail End Of September and Autumn 2020

The Tail End Of September and Autumn 2020

This year’s sunflowers lasted until the last day of summer; autumn arrived with a sunny chilly fresh burst. This time last year, we were coming through a hot dry patch. In fact, in September of 2019 we were in what I learned was a flash drought. It’s one reason last...

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