The Fog Signal Building

The Fog Signal Building

Dinah and I spent a week in a contemporary beach house called ‘Fog Signal Building’ set in a distinct piece of landscape on the Dungeness headland south of Romney Marsh. Scenery not unlike a bare stage made of shingle on which a few worn and faded props in the form of...

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Up on the Downs

Up on the Downs

Driving the narrow country lanes around Devil’s Dyke I came across a lay-by on Saddlescombe road opposite the entrance to the National Trust hamlet of Saddlescombe Farm hidden in the chalkland hills. The lay-by on the eastern side of Devil’s Dyke gave access to a...

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Tommy at 50

Tommy at 50

In May 2019 The New York based publishing company Apollo launched 'Tommy at 50' a book celebrating the making of The Who's unique rock opera first released in May 1969. I wrote two chapters on the Mood and Look as background to the making of Tommy from the perspective...

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Sex & Bugs & Rock ’n’ Roll

Sex & Bugs & Rock ’n’ Roll

The environmental science roadshow ‘Sex & Bugs & Rock ’n’ Roll’ http://festivalbugs.org/ made its regular appearance in the Green Future Fields at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival. The specially designed tent contained a series of my tree portraits as part of a...

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Ally Pally flashback

Ally Pally flashback

On the 8th of March 2019 there was a small gathering of people at the Alexandra Palace in North London to celebrate the refurbished and re-opened East Court and Theatre. The people who gathered had contributed to the heritage display in the East Court showing the...

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Meher Baba poster campaign

Meher Baba poster campaign

Maria Radoje, a member of the London based Meher Baba Association, wrote in November 2018 asking for help to design a series of posters celebrating 'Amartithi', the 50th anniversary of Meher Baba's death (‘date with the Eternal’) on 31 January 2019. Each poster design...

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Spirit of 67

Spirit of 67

Spirit of 67 Richard McTague of RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate organised an 'In Conversation' interview with myself and Dudley Edwards with Graham Chalmers, editor of the Harrogate Advertiser and co-organiser of the one day multi-media arts event held on...

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Ebb & Flow

Ebb & Flow

Ebb & Flow I was invited by Karen Townshend to create a new show of 'plein air' paintings in her gallery at Kestle Barton situated in an ancient Cornish farmstead above the Helford River. I had previously exhibited portraits of trees in the woods and paths around...

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Revolution #2

Revolution #2

I took part in a telephone interview with Peter Watts in March 2017. He was writing an article for the June issue of Uncut magazine for a feature titled 'Revolution Now' as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the summer of love. He wanted to talk about...

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Sgt. Pepper at 50

Sgt. Pepper at 50

I signed my first Author Commissioning Form In July 2016 agreeing to deliver text to Elephant Book Company for a book titled 'Sgt. Pepper at Fifty'. I was used to signing paintings or putting signatures on licenses of use for images or contracts for royalties but this...

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Their Mortal Remains

Their Mortal Remains

'Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains' was originally planned to run for four months at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, Italy from 19 September 2014. However the exhibition was cancelled with refunds promised for tickets sold. I had been asked to contribute my 14 Hour...

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Palace of perfection

Palace of perfection

Jools Broom, PA to Roger Daltrey, emailed in October 2016 with a request to take part in a project organised by photographer Alistair Morrison for the Rolls Royce motor company who were creating 10 unique vehicles for a 'Wraith inspired by British Music' campaign. I...

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Revolution #1

Revolution #1

The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition 'You Say You Want A Revolution: Records and rebels 1966-70' opened in September 2016 and closed in February 2017. It was a timely celebration of sixties counterculture kicking off a period of reflection on the fiftieth...

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Life of an image #3

Life of an image #3

A moment from the Roger Daltrey Cuvée Champagne launch in July 2016. I had been approached by Jamie Daltrey several months earlier with a request to use Tommy artwork for the branding of the champagne produced by the Charles Orban champagne vineyard in the Marne...

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Life of an image #2

Life of an image #2

I received a request for permission to use the Tommy cover image for a 'Bluegrass Opry' version of the Rock Opera. The email request came from Louis Meyers who produced the bluegrass version of Tommy for The HillBenders. Compass Records released the album on the 10th...

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Life of an image #1

Life of an image #1

Italian architect Claudio Catalano wanted to pay tribute to the Tommy album and its cover artwork by creating a small work of architecture in the form of a transportable home. The Nomad Micro House also doubles as a mobile pavilion. According to their website Claudio...

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Devil’s Dyke

Devil’s Dyke

A move to Brighton in June 2015 and an introduction to the South Downs National Park and the experience of landscape painting. A painting journey out of the enclosed spaces of London woods to distant vistas and birds eye views. The popular vantage point of...

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Brighton Art Fair

Brighton Art Fair

I was offered a space at the Brighton Art Fair in September when someone pulled out at the last minute. I thought it might be a good way to make a connection into the city. Spent a day setting up and three days standing around ending up with back ache, no...

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Shropshire Hills

Shropshire Hills

My daughter Alana and her partner Clayton recently completed construction of a spacious single story home on the edge of a field with views of the Shropshire Hills. As a house warming present I spent a few days during May 2015 in Bishops Castle painting...

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Kensington Place Restaurant

Kensington Place Restaurant

The Rowley gallery organise shows of gallery artists on the 'art wall' at Kensington Place Restaurant, Kensington Church Street W8. I was asked to fill the wall with a selection of tree paintings from West London woodland and nature reserves. This offered...

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Sicily

Sicily

Spent two hot weeks in August at Villa Giuliana, on a peninsula overlooking Siricusa and Mount Etna. Unfortunately Mount Etna was obscured by ash clouds so only appeared now and then as a ghostly image. We spotted one small fluffy cloud during 14 days of...

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Beverley Brook

Beverley Brook

Spent a couple of days following Beverley Brook from Putney to Barn Elms. It is one of London's lost rivers and in times past was a habitat of beavers. There is a designated Beverley Brook walk which starts at New Malden golf course through Wimbledon...

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Head to head

Head to head

The opposite of confrontation A close quarter conversation Standing together, touching feeling Eye to eye unblinking thinking One on one personal stories spun Téte-à-téte face to face Better than a keypad mate

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Love

Love

Keeping some balance When walking a line Between learning to fall And seeing the sign That the hat will match When opposites fit and that will be it

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Island

Island

The place I live has edges Thresholds that can erode Fortified by rank and standing The hard engineering of tradition

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Riverside Gallery

Riverside Gallery

Martin Smith of Eagle Rock Productions interviewed people, specifically connected during the late sixties to the development of the Tommy opera, for his documentary 'The Who: The Making of Tommy' which premiered on 22 October 2013 at the Riverside Gallery...

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Rowley Gallery

Rowley Gallery

Met up with Chris Hamer at the Rowley Gallery in September 2013 after in introduction from Roger Beckett. Chris expressed interest in exhibiting and selling my tree portraits in his gallery in Kensington Church Street W8. Four paintings were displayed in...

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Greenfield Farm

Greenfield Farm

Over the past year I have made occasional visits to paint trees in the commercial woods of Greenfield Farm near Christmas Common, Oxfordshire. The woods contain a range of trees including oak and ash. The ash grow straight and tall with branching occurring...

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Pintar Rapido

Pintar Rapido

Roger Beckett, former publishing director of both Creative Review and Design Week, brought an art event discovered in Spain and named Pintar Rapido to the streets of central London on Saturday July 13 2013. The title means painting rapidly and on a hot...

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No Ball Hogs

No Ball Hogs

My sister and her son Jason visited from their home in America. Jason, who runs a local basketball league in Florida, asked me to design a T shirt motif which promotes, through the 'No Ball Hogs' message, a better attitude to the game on the basketball...

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