How to create a Portrait Collection.

How to create  a Portrait Collection.

Putting together a portrait collection was  proving to be quite difficult.  How many paintings? Who do I choose to paint? Why would I want to do this? What title could l  use? What would be different about it? How long would it take me? Where would I show the work?  Endless questions. First of all the portraits had to […]

How to become a Cruise Ship Speaker

Can you  speak with  knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm?  Can you put together at least  six different talks about your chosen subject?  Are you friendly and like people.  Why not consider working as a Speaker on a Cruise ship. I applied to the P & R Agency Ltd who supply Speakers to most of the Cruise Lines. (  www.cruiseshipspeakers.net).    My  Power Point […]

WORDSWORTH – ‘THE IDIOT BOY’.

WORDSWORTH – ‘THE IDIOT BOY’.

Apart from the line ” I wandered lonely as a l cloud” written by Wordsworth, there was little else I knew about him. The Wordsworth Museum  holds 90% of WW’s  literary manuscripts. I was invited to the Museum and  given a commission to create a piece of tactile work using them as inspiration. This was to be […]

TOUCHING ISOLATION

TOUCHING ISOLATION

I made a second copy of ISOLATION  because I wanted it to be tactile.  I adapted the images lightly, built it up with  sand  and plaster so the viewer could feel the rough with the smooth, just as life is. When  people see works of art, they either like or dislike it, there never seems to be […]

ISOLATION IN LONDON.

ISOLATION IN LONDON.

I have painted two paintings both called ISOLATION.  This  blog is about the first one which is a  flat painting as opposed to my normal tactile works. A few years ago, on a dark drizzly evening in London, I walked past a church, it was  lit up and  the door slightly ajar. To the left of the […]

EAST DEVON CREMATORIUM commission.

EAST DEVON CREMATORIUM commission.

The year is 2010 and the story continues. I had been painting  for just over six years and am work in the studio most every day during the winter months and try to not work for a few months in the summer months and go to my allotment which is my retreat. I am usually armed […]

SPEAKER ON FRED OLSON CRUISE SHIPS

Prior to my trip to the Art Beyond Sight Conference in New York, a friend who enjoys Cruise Holiday asked  if I had ever considered giving talks on the Ships. She said there are a variety of Speakers and  felt I could talk about my life changes and work.  I had given a number of talks to local groups, […]

NEW YORK CONFERENCE and Art Beyond Sight

The story continues. In 2008 I attended and showed my work at the Tactile Graphics Conference hosted by RNIB Centre for Accessible Information.  Whilst there I  learned about the amazing  and impressive American Organisation Art Education for the Blind, and its founder Elisabeth Salzhauer Axel. In 2009 I was contacted  to see if I would like to show […]

You have painted my holiday, I was happy then.

You have painted my holiday, I was happy then.

MY APOLOGIES – THIS BLOG SHOULD BE BEFORE THE CREMATORIUM COMMISSION. The opening party of the  Antwerp Art Festival was great fun and the following three days were then open to the public. I got some really good reactions to the tactile paintings and it was good to have time to talk to the people.  […]

COMMISSION FOR BRAINTREE CREMATORIUM

COMMISSION FOR BRAINTREE CREMATORIUM

Many years ago I worked in the office at Portchester Crematorium. A few years later, one of my colleagues  went on to build Crematorias and in 2008 he commissioned me to make  a piece of art for the new build Three Counties Crematorium in Braintree, Essex. The work would  be positioned on the front of the […]