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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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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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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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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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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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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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At last I can return to Sally’s painting. I’ve decided to work from a new photograph taken at hers in those heady days when freedom as we knew it, nay took for granted, existed. When Covid was a foreign, Eastern problem. When summer holidays were being discussed and ferry crossings to Calais were tentatively booked...
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After much deliberation, naval gazing and mobile communication it is mutually decided that I will go to London to drop off the painting to my client. He doesn’t live too far from my flat in London and I can safely leave the painting outside his house, so no unnecessary contact there, then. Is the trip...
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Here we are midst Coronavirus and we’ve all been ordered to stay home. For the first time since this dreadful virus reared its ugly head I feel a sense of calm. Boris Johnson has told us not to go out. Now we have clarity, some dithering elements of our lives have been swiftly removed. Of course...
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Today I read that Italy is in lockdown because of the CoronaVirus. The images coming back look horrendous. It’s the unknown that is so scary. We already have a handful of cases in the UK and no matter what our politicians say there is no way that we can escape it. The Daily Mail is...
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