Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives

Seeing this wonderful collection of paintings by Patrick Heron, with works at this large scale and alongside each other and from different periods, with one painting relating to another: intense colour, the pleasure of following a line across the canvas, the detail of a pattern, abstraction, looking from one shape/pattern to another around the canvas – … Read morePatrick Heron at Tate St Ives

Per Kirkeby

Image: “Untitled”, 1999 Oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 inches 200 x 300 cm  © Per Kirkeby, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Cologne & New York Danish artists inspired by geology, whose oil paintings are notable for their organic palette. Having read his obituary this week I’ve looked at his work online – and I … Read morePer Kirkeby

Open Studios Cornwall 2018

As I’m not taking part this year I am instead visiting a number of artists in north and east Cornwall. Particularly interesting for me today was seeing work by Sean Hewitt (Academician with the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and member of the group of Abstract7) an abstract painter, working mainly in acrylics. He … Read moreOpen Studios Cornwall 2018

blue upon blue

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic. The nearly … Read moreblue upon blue


‘The Shock of the Anthropocene’ by Bonneuil and Fressoz. I decided it was time to read this – I’m taking it very slowly!  …. climate change, increases in extinction of species and loss of habitats, problems relating to air pollution, and other major changes to our planet including new substances being deposited in the planet’s ecosystems … Read moreanthropocene

blue upon blue

Sometimes a piece of music or hearing a composer speaking (usually Radio 3 or 4 is on, but not always ) resonates with what I’m doing. This week I learnt of the composer Nicola LeFanu and the cello piece she wrote Blue Upon Blue. She read a short poem, possibly with the same title, which inspired the work. … Read moreblue upon blue


Walk to Nine Stones and Ridge Bright sunlight showing up the pattern of medieval ridge and furrow on the hillside, brilliant yellow gorse blossom, skylarks singing. Granite boulders, ancient enclosures, round-houses – tumbled remains of walls and buildings. Leats cut along the hillside, dry now, but once channelled water to the farmstead and mill. Fresh tracks gouged by … Read moreRidge

Open Studios Cornwall 2017

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June  I’ll be here from 11am to 5pm each day and would love to see you. See my location on a map. I’m hoping to complete some in this new series ‘connections’.   And I’ve just heard on a Channel 4 news report: NO COAL was used in the production of electricity in the … Read moreOpen Studios Cornwall 2017

the first swallow

I saw the swallow and heard the familiar chattering; it was drifting along in the warm air of late afternoon. This is the week that our swallows usually start to arrive, checking out the garage beams and their nests from previous years, hopefully this will be any day now.  And I watched a BBC clip … Read morethe first swallow