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Crash

Just back from seeing Crash, a movie written and directed by Paul Haggis. it is the most mature, grown up and wonderful film I have seen in a good long while and I would thoroughly recommend it. Built in a similar style to Magnolia and perhaps some of Robert Altman's...

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Bank holiday weekend at Billy and Ohna’s

I spent a highly enjoyable weekend at Billy and Ohna's house in London (as part of my homeless weekend series). On Saturday, I made a beeline for the Tate Modern to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition at last. It was truly wonderful to see just about all her paintings in...

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Unleashed

Staying in Halls this week while I wait to move into new home. Last night I saw Unleashed at the movies (also known as Danny the Dog). Ludicrous mix of martial arts, london gangster (set in GLasgow!!) and romantic morals. But very enjoyable with that and just what you...

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Wherever I Lay My Hat…

Just a quickie. Spent a lovely week staying at Claire and Richard's family home in Oxford while I looked for a new place to stay. They were so kind and made me feel extremely welcome as well as feeding me wonderful food. Went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...

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Adventures in Scotland

(It is now exactly one year since I started this blog. I am still not sure why I am doing it or who it is for. I meant it to be a place to put information about my work in progress, but it has perhaps become more like a personal diary and from time to time I have...

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Edinburgh

Spent five days last week back in Oxford. I was trying find a new flat before I came up to Edinburgh to teach on the Summer School. My luck ran out as i got a bad back as soon as I returned and found it difficult to get around. But thank you Anna so much for driving...

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Final Day in Cyprus

I am off home to Oxford tomorrow night and have been winding down art activities in the last few days. Above are most of the pictures I have produced in Cyprus. (There are three more which I have not got round to getting pics of yet). On the whole I am...

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breakthroughs

Limassol is in many ways a lot like Hastings. It is an old forgotten town with many parts run down and peopled with an eclectic mix of types. It has a seafront and a pier where locals and visitors hang out. Fisherman fish and people come to find solace in the sea....

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Pictures Update 2

Finally found a reliable internet cafe here in Limassol in Cyprus. Not much to report these last days. My day is: wake up 6am, cyprus coffee, studio 7am - 12 noon, market 12 - 1pm, hammock 1 - 2pm, swim in harbour 2 - 5pm, dinner 8pm, cards and wine till late... Above...

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week 3 in Cyprus

Work in progress this week in the studios This is the slowest internet cafe connection ever!! Bloody thing!! I have many pictures I want to post but the connect just want to it. Will put them on later I promise.(Pictures added 21st July) Well my service taxi in Pafos...

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serendipity

I am sitting an internet cafe in Paphos. The same one I used all the time when I was here in 2002. I am a bit of a nostalgia fiend so it is nice to be here again. Had a great weekend here and it has got me thinking how much serendipity there has been for me on my trip...

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Picture update

Picture update

Just finished a morning's session painting my Trodos walk picture. I think I am getting into my stride now and at think there is a development in this picture. At least I am surprised how it is going as it looks unfamiliar to me, which is good.

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The sunrise and the Trodos Mountains

The sunrise and the Trodos Mountains

It is now near the end of my second week in Cyprus and things are now settling down into a routine. People's personalities have now become clearer to each other in the group, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. There are at least half a dozen really nice...

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Cyprus Pictures

Cyprus Pictures

Things are now going very well in Limassol in Cyprus and the group is gelling nicely. I am painting everyday, as well as swimming in the sea, eating good food, drinking a few beers and playing and losing games of contract whist (card game). On...

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Cyprus!

I have now been in Cyprus for five days. I am a member of Staff at the Limassol Studios in Limassol, which is part of the Cyprus College of Art. It is not exactly a real teaching job as I am just there to provide support to a group of student, while we all make art...

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Cecily Brown at Modern Art Oxford

Cecily Brown at Modern Art Oxford

'Almost every time a painting show happens, or a young painter makes a splash - in the market as much as on a canvas - someone crows about a return to painting. As if, in a moment of blinding revelation, the entire art world had come to its senses: what fools we've...

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on the suffering of fools

I have always thought of those that take the position never 'to suffer fools gladly' are a terribly dull and rude lot. For, to my mind, it is the fools, the dafties and the eccentrics who are the people you would rather be trapped with. The fine educated people of...

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Seen a lot of movies recently…

One of the lovely things about being an artist, is that you can use the excuse of visiting galleries and museums to get you out of the house and call it research. Then you can find a whole range of anonymous pubs and cafes to sit, ponder and read the paper in....

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about time I blogged….

I expect you are all wondering why there has been no blog for a while...?! So engrossed in new painting? (not really) Having a great new social life in Oxford? (not yet) Nothing really to say? (more like it). I am typing this as I try to recover from a mystery virus...

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Oxford Life (at last)

Oxford Life (at last)

So. My first week as a resident in Oxford is over! Well I think the first people to notice the difference in me are my students. Being able to get up at 8 instead of 6 does make a big difference to my temperament. Last Monday, it actually took a surprisingly short...

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Here at Last!!

No more 5.45am starts for me! I am now here in Oxford at last. In a new home and new studio!. Feels great. Last week was particularly tough as instead of going home to London and getting an early night, I had couple a late nights due to having a social life, which I...

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last week of commuting

Sorry if my blog is a bit repetitive just now. I am afraid that my life has been a bit that way these last weeks. But, now I have only one week left before I move to into a house and a new studio in Oxford. Cant wait. I spent this weekend back in Hastings, packing up...

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Two weeks more until I can unpack my life

Another two weeks to go of this sub existence of getting a coach everyday from London to Oxford. I would be lying if I said it was not getting me down. Did not go back to Hastings this weekend as I need break from all this travelling. Instead, just wandered aimlessly...

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Making Progress…

Well I have yet another very tiring week commuting from London to Oxford, now with the added pressure of looking for a place to live after work. And this without a car or much familiarity with the layout of Oxford. Have pity on me. Saw a couple this week and one might...

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Surviving the Coach to Oxford

I think the two images of me on my new Brookes staff card and swipe card taken two weeks apart demonstrate, how the toll of getting up at 6am to catch a coach from Victoria to Oxford each day, and then returning to Kentish Town about 8pm is effecting me. It was an...

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Berlin Museums

Well I am now at the end of my week in Berlin and I must say I am completely saturated with visits to museums and galleries, walking, U-Bahning and S-Bahning, eating, drinking beer and keeping students enthused!! But Berlin is a great city and I would like to take...

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Berlin

Well this is my 5th day in Berlin and I am completely knackered from all the walking to museums and galleries. Too many things to mention as I type this from the Hostel staff computer. (German keyboards are all over the place, so finding it tough just to type this.)...

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First days at Oxford Brookes University

Just a quickie to say that this is my second day at Oxford Brookes University. I am commuting from London at the moment using the Oxford Tube coach service from Victoria(for those of you who love to read about my travel arrangements). There are no students around yet...

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Last Day Living in Hastings

Well today is my last day living in Hastings before I start my new job in Oxford on Wednesday. Although I will be coming back for weekends until I can find a place to stay in Oxford. So, today I packed up my studio with too many works unfinished, alas. I am afraid...

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Tunbridge Wells, Chichester, Emsworth and Oxford

This is especially for those of you who like to read about my travel arrangements, which have been many and varied this year; On Sunday I trained it from Hastings up to Tunbridge Wells where I met Suzie and Erin who drove me back to Emsworth where they live near...

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calm after the storm

Just a quickie to say that after all the excitement of last week, I have just be down the studio, trying to complete my garden painting and I think it now only has a couple of days to go - but you never know with painting - everything can still go wrong. here it is as...

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40th Birthday celebrations

Well I told there would be a break between blogs as I went into my 40th Birthday period which is still ongoing. I am 40 today, but I began celebrating this over a week ago as I began my travels north and then south. I will try to give a flavour of my week - but I am...

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Garden Update

Garden Update

I have been concentrating on trying to complete my big garden painting, and there are two recent pictures of my progress so far above. I am beginning to feel that it is working, although I am not sure what it is trying to do anymore. That always...

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The Nights are fair drawin in

The Nights are fair drawin in

Been a bit a struggle to keep working consistently this last week as we approach the festive season, my 40th birthday and my impending move to Oxford. However I have gritted m teeth and managed to do at least something everyday. As you can see...

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Painting is hard

It seems that being offered a job in Oxford has changed my energy this week and I have found it quite difficult to knuckle down to the painting (which is a little worrying). And so far, this week, every bit of work I have done has little artistry and invention. I...

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Cork Street visit

Well I am still in London today as I am working in Rochester tomorrow and friday and it seem silly to go back to Hastings for one day. So,took the opportunity to have a look around Cork Street. And what agood time to go as there were severalshows which interested me...

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Off to Oxford

Well I had a nice day yesterday at Oxford Brookes University for my interview. There were 4 other candidates and we each had to do a 15 minute presentation in front of staff and students and then later a more formal interview. I had a few hours to kill between...

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Gwen and Augustus John, The Turner Prize

Gwen and Augustus John, The Turner Prize

Well no painting done at all since my last blog; Tummy bug knocked me out for a few days and spent a bit of time preparing for my job interview at Oxford Brookes University tomorrow. In fact I am typing this on a horrible PC at the easyinternet...

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tummy bug

Not much to report except that I have been down with a nasty tummy bug over the past few days which has laid me very low and hence have done not much work. I actually could not walk as the bug had made my back so weak I could hardly stand up. Well, today I seem a...

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Hastings Bonfire Society Weekend

Big man and the bonfire parade.Just when I thought that maybe I was becoming a bit disenchanted with Hastings, along comes the amazing Hastings Bonfire Night. I went to this last year, before I had moved to Hastings and it was the first glimpse for me of...

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The Yellow Garden and Joe Fan

The Yellow Garden and Joe Fan

I have just recovered from my first dose of a bad cold this autumn, as the weather has taken a real tumble. But, today I am back on feet and back in the studio working on my new garden painting. And yesterday I went up to London to see my great...

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The Autumn cometh

The Autumn cometh

Well after an extremely productive two weeks, I can at last show you what I have been up to. It seems that the routine of the Autumn and all my travelliing and commuting of late has got me back into a working rythym. And I think that at last I am making some progress....

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Starting a new batch of work

This week has been a good solid week in the studio. I go for my swim, go for a coffee and look at the sea and then get down to the studio. This week has been about planning and developing. And a little bit of printmaking as I am teaching print at Rochester. So, I did...

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Glenn Brown and Valie Export

Just a quickie to say that have spent the weekend in London to babysit my nephew Harper. Did manage to fit in a couple of shows: Glenn Brown at the The Serpentine and Valie Export at Camden Arts Centre. If you are in London you must go and see Glenn Brown....

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Comings and goings

Well now I have got that Chichester thing off of my chest in my last blog, its back to a normal blog about what I have been up to. This has been a week of yet more traveling on the train, two flights and another job interview. I have been doing a number of days...

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The Battle for Chichester Cross is over…

The Battle for Chichester Cross is over…

Well that is it. All I can do. For now. It is far from perfect and far from what I wanted. But I have been working it to death and today I am calling it a day. Well. until I can think of something else to do to it.   Above are...

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Just a quick update

I was hoping to have new pictures of recent paintings up by now, but over the last few days I have couragously struggled on with the Battle for Chichester Cross painting. It went from bad to worse as it got more a more confused in colour and tone. However, today, and...

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Back to the old routine

Back to the old routine

SO after all the excitement of the last week or so, its now back to my normal humdrum existence; swimming, walking, sketching and painting down the studio. I have taken a break from my big Chichester painting as I had lost my way with a bit and...

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Frames, Trains – Part 2

Who would have thought I could get 9 paintings from Hastings to London for a mere £17 on the train and taxi. I was so relieved to get them there safely to the John Martin Gallery in one piece. John Martin seemed pleased with the work, but we shall see if they sell at...

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Frames, Trains and Lancaster

Frames, Trains and Lancaster

Well - quite a week. Getting all my work framed and also getting up to Lancaster for my interview at the University - it is almost like having a full-time job again. I think I have got too used to my casual lifestyle in Hastings as, as soon as I have real stuff to do...

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a quick blog

Have not blogged for a week or so. No need to feel guilty. Honest. It's not like I have a following who simply must hear about what I am up to. Have had a fairly mixed week since I got back from Scotland. Not got back into any real rhythm in the studio,...

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Back from Stranraer

Back from Stranraer

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...

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Good Day in the Studio….at Last

Good Day in the Studio….at Last

As I am going to visit my mum in Stranraer for the next few days, I was determined to have a good day in the studio and leave feeling good about my work. So I spent all day just working on my major Battle at Chichester Cross painting, and I think I made...

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A day drawing around Hastings

A day drawing around Hastings

Not able to face up to getting stuck into my big painting at the studio, I spent most of yesterday wandering around Hastings (after I had posted my job applications) and trying to draw in my book. This of course was entirely diversion tactics as I am...

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Procrastination

Why is it when you get a few days to yourself, instead of getting on with stuff, your mind and body seize up and you can't get round to doing all the stuff you thought you should be doing??? Or is it just me. Or is it just me. It has taken me two days to complete two...

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Let the Blogging Begin

Let the Blogging Begin

Scottish artist at the crossroads of his life, ditches successful career running a University Fine Art degree course. He needs to paint so he sells all is belongings, moves to Hastings, UK and paints and paints and paints.... Now he needs somewhere to show it and some...

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