Well, now I am back from my week-long trip to visit my mum in Stranraer with my sister, Claire and her children, Harper and Mae. We had a fine trip despite the weather being a lot colder and wetter. I wasn’t planning to do a lot of drawing, but I ended up doing some at the Logan Botanic Garden which was a lovely place.

I don’t, however, think I am going to suddenly produce a whole series of botanic garden pictures. Not just yet anyway.

While it was great to get away, I am gagging at the bit to get on with my painting. John Martin of London have asked me for work for the AAF Contemporary Art Fair in New York (formerly the New York Affordable Art Fair). So, I am now busy getting pictures framed etc.

On top of this, I have a job interview for a Painting Fellow at Lancaster University on the 3rd of September. But, actually, it is nice to be busy in this way; to do with my art, rather than busy with bureaucracy

So yesterday I found a great framer in George Street in the Old Town of Hastings who can do it in time and is very reasonable. So now, I can at last get back to my painting down the studio..