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Open Studios 2021

Well, it has been a funny old year hasn’t it? Since the cancellation of Open Studios 2020, much of life has seemed pretty flat. So, at least, this year, we have an on-line Open Up – for details please go to Open Up Sheffield – Sheffield & South Yorkshire Open Artists Studios. This Painting Malarkey rides again, though as individuals for the purposes of Open Studios

For me, the year has been momentous in one respect in that we are building (well, having built) our new house at the end of the garden.

Day 1 Craig arrived with a big red digger and a portaloo

Much mud ensued – for many weeks

at last, foundations laid…

and a splendid looking drive (with Mick and Dave, the Site Manager)

the new turning head gives an impression of the walls.

The combination of Covid and building works has rather curtailed my painting activities, but there is some new work that I hope you will like. luckily, the new house will hav studio space for me

This Painting Malarkey@ Open Up Sheffield

This is – just possibly – our last year at 78 Kingfield Road and we are celebrating it by hosting This Painting Malarkey as part of Sheffield Open Studios.  Opening times are 11.00 to 5.00 on May 4th, 5th and 6th and May 11th and 12th. Here are a few of the new works that I shall be showing at Open Studios.

Low tide at Burnham Overy Staithe.   Brought up in north Norfolk, this is one of my favourite places. The magic of sea birds over the marshes and grasses and the wonderful walk to the sea through the dunes.  When we were last here we saw a snow bunting on the path – clearly tired but very much alive.  Strangely, I find the colours in the mud rather inspiring!

After Tom Thomson 1.  One of my favourite artists at the moment, Tom Thomson was one of the Canadian Group of 7 painters in the early 20th century known as the Canadian Impressionists.  This not-quite-copy is my attempt to find his fabulous landscape colours.

Sunlight on the canal. Here I have superimposed a classic and tranquil scene over an abstract painting.  I like the slightly surrealist effect of the under-painting coming through in places.

Sri Lanka, April 2016

sri-lankan-boysWith less than ideal timing, we left for Sri Lanka a couple of days after the opening of our Dronfield exhibition.   This was our second visit and served to confirm our attraction to this delightful country and its people.


The highlight this time was a trip to Anuradhapura and the Wilpattu National Park.  We had visited several of the ancient cities on our first visit, but had not seen Anuradhapura – the oldest (I think) and certainly the largest.  What a wonderful site and what a wonderful place it must have been.  Temples, carvings, pools adscn0048nd in the most tranquil setting!





It was the run-up to the Buddhist new year and there were stalls selling lotus blossoms as we left the site.dscn0060





We moved on to Wilpattu where we took 2 safaris by Jeep into the National Park – one at dusk and one at dawn.  This Park has only fairly recently re-opened after the civil war.  It was a stronghold of the Tamil tigers and, sadly, wildlife tends to come off second best when faced with hungry soldiers.  However, the wildlife is now returning andscn0129d, although we did not manage to see a leopard (only its footprint!), we saw an amazing variety of birds and other animals. So the paintings this time so far have been all from Wilpattthe-willuu which was indeed a most enchanting place even without the animals.  A region of “willus” which are very shallow lagoons a haven for birds of all kinds and often sporting a coverlet of lotus blossoms.








We then headed for a couple of nights on the Indian ocean – a charming (if exceedingly hot!) place where the locals managed a vigorous game of handball? as the sun went down.






After this, things did go a bit pear-shaped as Mick fell ill with cellulitis and, after a few days in hospital in Kandy, was effectively grounded for the rest of the holiday.

Luckily, we were staying with old friends Jerry and Sally who were extremely helpful and their beautifsri-lanka-052ul guesthouse was a very good place to be stranded! 


If you would like to see the paintings I have done – please go to the Landscapes (Sri Lanka) section of this web-site.



April exhibition

074 069By all accounts, the exhibition in April went off well.  Dronfield Hall Barn is in the centre of old Dronfield and it had been recently renovated and extended.  Our gallery space was in the new addition and proved a very successful venue – very well-equipped for hanging paintings and with good lighting.

The availability of wondrous cakes etc in the adjacent café made for some very contented visitors!





Sri Lanka

IMG_5265.jpgWe are shortly off for our second visit to Sri Lanka visiting old friends who have recently moved there. On out last visit in 2012, I found lots of material for painting – the colours and the heat and energy of a tropical island were most stimulating.

New exhibition

I am currently preparing for a new exhibition called This Painting Malarkey ( which will be at the Barn in Dronfield from 2nd to 17th April. There are 5 artists with a variety of styles as shown on the web-site. This is an exciring new development for mw and I am delighted to have some of my work in thisgreat new space. The Barn is newly opened and there will also be an exhibition of quilting. With a cafe, too, it should be a pleasant outing with much to see.