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Bearing Fruits

I know, I know, my fortnightly blog is a week late. As restrictions ease my social diary becomes busier. A long awaited reunion with my father and step-mum was first on the cards; Lunch at the Banyers pub, bar and restaurant in Royston and jolly good it was too dining al fresco in the lush...
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RESULT AND A TASTE OF FREEDOM

Whilst the government, in particular Mr Shapps, dithers over the quarantine rule I turn my attention to Sally. It didn’t take too much time in the end and finally last Sunday I managed to finish her- she even looks good in black and white. Sally was very happy with it and I was thrilled with...
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REFLECTION

The numbers are down, the economy is in free-fall and Sally’s portrait refuses to be moved on; I mean there’s nothing new to be learnt. I’ve painted hands, faces, dogs and hair- the tricky parts of a portrait, but still I work my brush over and over the canvas, striving for perfection in my art....
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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

What a couple of weeks it’s been. The heatwave has continued, the sun has shone, the conservatory has become unbearable to work in and now that Kimberley’s portrait has been finished it’s time to suggest a move back to the lounge. What started as a brilliant idea has revealed all it’s faults. In the winter...
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THE (COVID) WAR EFFORT

Last night I finished “Kimberley”. She is a Radiographer who works for the NHS in Stafford. The first to respond to my green post offering a free portrait for NHS heroes. We had both decided that she should be painted without her PPE- her hair is up whilst at work and she much prefers to...
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BLUES AND TWOS

Barely a day after I had posted my last blog and something exciting happens. I’m watching the 6 o’clock news and there is a feature about an artist called Tom Croft. He is offering to paint a portrait for free for any NHS worker. What a splendid idea, I wish to join the ‘effort’ and...
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