Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 205th Exhibition

If anyone is in London in April two of my works are hanging in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 205th Exhibition from the 6 to 22 April 2017.

The private view is on the 5th April and I can get you an invitation if you contact me. If you'd like to attend any other time I can get you in free, just email me and I'll send you the necessary invitation.

The above is not one of the works being exhibited, but as always, it's for sale.
Contact me on if you're interested.

Many thanks....

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wouldn't hang it on your wall?

My obsession with industrial debris is reaching fever pitch at the moment. I discovered a place where sheet steel is lazer cut. The offcuts are enchanting! Yes, I know, no-one will hang this on their wall, so I keep getting told. All the same I'm following my artistic instincts!

Of course, it you'd like to hang it on your wall don't hesitate to contact me.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Like shining from shook foil...

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge |&| shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs --
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast with ah! bright wings. 

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Watercolour on 600gm paper

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

kursunluhan- karakoy 

It's been a busy month. Setting up an Arts association here in the city of Istanbul has proven to be an interesting experience. There's nothing like grappling with officialdom to get to know a country and culture just that little but more. The approval for our application came through at the beginning of October and we've been getting utilities set up since.

So it's just in the last week or so I've been able to turn my mind to the work of painting. The Kurşunlu Han near the waterfront at Karaköy still brings me much inspiration and is a break from the rusted pieces of metal that usually inspire me. The old Karvansaray apparently has Byzantine roots and its second floor is attributed to Mimar Sinan the most well known of Ottoman architects. Over the years I've painted a lot of this particular place, maybe one day we could try a pop-up exhibition there. 

Watercolour on 600 gm paper 
For sale

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The place where much is said...

I have a love hate relationship with my car. It’s big, a thirteen seater minibus. Its old, about sixteen years now. It just about manages to get through it’s road test each year although it has left me red faced by the side of the road too many times for me to forgive.

One occasion was when the handbrake wouldn’t release, imagine lurching down the road with the rear wheels locked. Another occasion was when it over heated on a freeway. I had to drive it the wrong way down the emergency lane to attract the attention of a policeman who managed to call me a pick up.

I had noticed that the exhaust was a little noisier than usual. After a few short errands the nosiness had evolved into a deep guttural growl befitting a Ferrari but not a Kia minibus. So I headed off to the auto repair centre where my faithful and long suffering mechanics profit from my reluctance to buy a decent car.

“It’ll take about half an hour to fix the rotted pipe” I was told.
“Ok, I can pick it up after Namaz” I said, mindful of Friday prayers.
“ You can sit here, drink tea, go shopping, wait until after prayers, do what you like, it’ll be ready soon.”
“I’ll take some photos” I said and smiled.
“Do whatever you want” these guys are used to me perusing their workshops for subject material, camera in hand.

So here’s the chair they sit on…..

Watercolour on paper.

Friday, August 26, 2016


So there’s a new bridge being opened today, that will be three across the Bosphorus straits. I have a feeling that it will instantly become a heavy traffic jam, the considerable growth in car usage here over a generation means investment in transport will always be lagging behind. 

We on the other hand are all praying fervently for the completion of a new metro line from Üsküdar to Çekmeköy which will alleviate the need for tens of thousands of commuters to be squashed into minibuses for a torturous journey into the Anatolian hinterland of the city.

As for drains. Well apparently I am not the only one to be captivated by the sight of a good drain cover. It turns out the the leader of the British Labour Party (the opposition to the Conservative government of the UK) also loves drain covers. One article in a British newspaper explains the leaders passion for these large metal sculptures that adorn our streets.

Watercolour on 600gm paper - for sale.... £350

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