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Friday 19. 04. 19 I did this painting of the windmills at the Zaanse Schans for Julia as a souvenir of our bike ride through the tulips. The main windmill was used to grind pigments for paint. The other image is a coloured monoprint.

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Wednesday 03. 10. 18 On 24 September Carole and I drove north to Belgium and Flanders Fields. We stayed at Poperinge which is near Ypres and explored a number of museums and sites in the area relative to when my grandfather was stationed there in September 1917. After some research we think we found where he was wounded in the Battle of Messines. We also found the site of the Hotel Trianon which had been converted to a hospital during WW1 and where he spent his convalescence and learnt to speak French! The top photos is Ravine Wood today where we think that he was wounded and the one below is the terrace of the hospital at Le Tréport.

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The Drawing Room



Saturday 08. 09. 18 I have just got back home after a week in London doing a workshop at the Drawing Room. What an amazing week! I can’t remember the last time I have been so excited. The teachers and the students were all wonderful and the atmosphere was really stimulating. Above are some works from the course. The top one was a project with Amalie Pica, drawing a familiar object, the next one with Lisa Brice and was of my feeling of vulnerabliity when I first entered the class full of women and the bottom was an exercise in tinting with Paul Noble using an 8H pencil.

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Wednesday 02. 05. 18 Just back from 5 days in a damp, cold London. Saw some interesting expos, the highlights of which were the Degas show at the National Portrait Gallery and the David Mine at the Dulwich. Also did both Tates and the Saatchi. The Tate needs to get its act together as all the shows there were so overcrowded – they need to get timed attendances organised. The James Cook Voyages at the British Library was also very good. Besides that enjoyed some bitter, sausages & mash and fish & chips.

The photo is a sculpture on the platform at Brixton.

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York and London

Saturday 18.11. 17 Just got back in from a week in London and York with Julia and Daisy. I have always wanted to visit York and I wasn’t disappointed. A very accessible and fascinating place with its Roman and Viking history. Besides wandering around the town we visited two very modern museums – the York Castle Museum and the Jorvick Museum. The first covers all of York’s history and the second focusses on the Vikings. Both use very modern technology to get their message across. We also went to the excellent Railway Museum and Daisy and I went on a Ghost Walk.  After York we came back down to London and I went to various expos. Excellent Jasper Johns at the RA and Cézanne at the National Portrait Gallery. Also saw two good shows at Somerset house – one on the North and one on Sebald’s Melancholia. A stimulating week!

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Thursday 06. 10. 16 Went to Marseille yesterday with Patricia as she had to renew her Swiss passport. Walked all around the MUCEM but didn’t go inside to any of the expos. Also took the Hop on and Off bus up to Notre Dame de la Garde and back. Had a tasty lunch of sardines and generally wandered around. We drove to Montpellier and then took the train to Marseille.

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Carrières de Lumières


Friday 30, 09. 16 Went with Claire to Les Baux today for a show on Chagall at Les Carrières de Lumières. Brilliant show, I have never seen Chagall look so good. This is one of Claire’s photos, check out her blog more pics .

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London, Cambridge and Reading



Friday 23. 09. 16 Just back from a busy week in the UK. Besides seeing a number of friends I went to the Hockney show at the RA, a display of medieval illuminated Ms at the Fitzwilliam museum Cambridge and an Artangel installation at Reading Gaol plus both Tates and the new Switch House at Tate Modern. A stimulating trip. I stayed at Beit Hall which is part of Imperial College, very comfortable, reasonable rates and conveniently situated. I made this sketch en plein air whilst waiting for the Reading Gaol expo to open. It is the view from the garden at the Town Hall.

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St Medard en Jalles



Thursday 11. 08. 16 Just back from a week chez Marie-Pierre and Olivier. Went by train but came back by car which they have lent to me. Had a great time – good food, good wine, good conversation. Celebrated my birthday on the weekend, had a picnic besides a lake and went into Bordeaux a couple of times. Saw an interesting expo of prints and an intriguing video called Ellis narrated by Robert De Nero in a gallery in an old submarine base. The photo above is of a repurposed army barracks.

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Tuesday 29. 03. 16 Just back from Easter weekend chez Claire at Chantemerle which is near Briançon. Still some snow there creating these wonderful monochrome landscapes.

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