Light blue canvas in my studio

Getting a professional-level framed canvas with stretcher bars typically takes a lot of measuring and a bit of guesswork. It is a very delicate process and you have to have an eye for perfection but I found it to be quite straightforward and completed my first one!

It is now sitting smugly on my studio wall with 5 coats of Liquitex heavy body, light blue permanent acrylic waiting to be transformed.

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. — Paul Cezanne

Now what? I shall either attack it with acrylic and oilstick and see what emerges or give it some consideration and produce something on it from sketches or a specific idea. I think I’ll go for the preconceived idea over the expressionistic assault!

One's mind, stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Let’s see if I can expand beyond 40 x 40cm!

The EY Exhibition Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain. Wednesday 3 April 2019.

I love this quote - A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows. — George Bernard Shaw

More nourishment for my mind . . .


Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield

The EY Exhibition Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, London (despite it being overcrowded. Why do they ram so many people in these exhibitions?)

Aboudia, Anges Déchus – Jack Bell Gallery, Masons Yard, London

Tracey Emin, A Fortnight of Tears – White Cube Bermondsey, London

Utopias, Syn Festival, Summerhall Edinburgh


The Train Was On Time – Heinrich Böll

Trying Not to Try: The Ancient Art of Effortlessness and the Surprising Power of Spontaneity – Edward Slingerland

Unmade Up: Recollections of a Friendship with David Bowie – Edward Bell


I have been listening to Jimi Hendrix quite a lot recently, especially Electric Ladyland. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is like De Kooning in sound; like Ruth’s Zowie, Door To The River and Spike’s Folly II for the ears!

Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix

Axis: Bold as Love – Jimi Hendrix

Hydrogen Jukebox – Philip Glass / Allen Ginsberg

From Her To Eternity – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Les Revenants – Mogwai

Chill Out – KLF

The Planets – Gustav Holst (in anticipation of the RSNO concert in June at Usher Hall, Edinburgh)

Hunky Dory – David Bowie

The Sidewinder – Lee Morgan


Das Boot – Andreas Prochaska

Night On Earth – Jim Jarmusch

The Station Agent – Tom McCarthy

Taxi Driver – Martin Charles Scorsese

Green Book – Peter Farrelly

Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky

Maborosi & Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda


Regent Canal, London

Word on the Water, King’s Cross, London

Berenjak 27 Romilly Street Soho, London

Busytinsnips2 Instagram

Twitter Art Exhibition

Researching my next trip to Liverpool

Portable Utopias
Utopias Private View 22 March 2019

Portable Utopias left to right:

Bliss Bombshell
Acrylic, Crayon, Chinagraph Pencil, & Pencil on Plywood
50 x 50 cm | 24 January 2019

Portable Utopia
Acrylic, Oilstick, Chinagraph Pencil, & Pencil on Plywood
100 x 50 cm | 25 January 2019

Electric Everything/Another Realm/Spangled Now
Acrylic on Plywood
50 x 50 cm | 31 August 2018


22 March - 4 April 2019, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Syn Festival Website