Shropshire and exciting news

I recently returned from my second trip this year to see Aidan Hart at Walcot Hall in Shropshire. I think it is fair to say that I am in love with that part of the world and Walcot, with its dreamy arboretum, unusual accommodation and friendly staff in particular. The five day workshop is a joy - not just in the creation of new icons but in the forming of friendships, the softening of our hearts and the joy of escape (there is very limited internet access and often no phone signal!). How rare in these days to have true rural bliss! Shropshire has this in abundance. On the first day, there … [Read more...]

What’s in a (paint) name?

Today I picked up a jar and was struck by the name of the colour inside: Caput Mortuum Dead head, I think, is a close translation. Indeed, Wikipedia confirms it. Lets just say I'm glad it's one of the few synthetic pigments I use. … [Read more...]

Materials & tools

I can't wait to share a picture of my latest work with you on Monday but as its a birthday surprise, I'm having to hold back! So I was working away and thought I'd perhaps be better making a purely 'practical' post about the materials I've found to be best over the last eight years. brushes It pays to buy the very best you can afford, even if that means you begin with only three or four: my most commonly used sizes are 0, 1, 3 and 5. These are all kolinsky sable and are expensive. However, not all sable is created equal! I've tried a few kinds and while most would work for laying down … [Read more...]