Showing posts from January, 2016


Well, here I am, just after my first experience in collaboration with an intern. I've always had reservations about the whole intern concept and it's unlikely that I'll ever be a a position to be able to employ anyone.  However, it turned out to be very successful, despite my misgivings. I usually work alone and usually in a kind of 'just muddling-through', disorganised fashion. I got tired just thinking about what I had to prepare for this student. Luckily, Sophie turned out to be much better prepared than I was and she showed such initiative and worked with such energy that the whole thing was a pleasure. She really has set the bar high. What convinced me to take her on in the first place was her initial email. She had obviously researched her subject; this was no generic, catch-all proposal message, like many others I have received. She knew my work, (all the way over in Holland!) and the tone of her letter was pitched perfectly. This is why I wrote the followin…

Bird of a Feather

Well, 2016 has arrived. I hope that the rain will abate soon because if it goes on the way it has, we'll all be washed down the Swanee. We'll all end up doing a spot of trout fishing.

Continuing with the work I've been at over the last while, here's another of my favourite birds. This one is 'Halcyon III'. Gilded Acrylics on canvas. 8" x 8".