Sketches & Paintings

Three La Manga Sketches

On a recent visit to La Manga Club in the southeast of Spain, near Cartagena in the region of Murcia, I painted in watercolour and scribbled in ink the following three sketches, showing roof tiles, palm trees, and squiggles, some of the villas which make up the resort’s Las Lomas Village, and the golf course and assorted fields overlooked by the hills…

Red After the Paris Shootings – A Political Cartoon

After the shootings this week in Paris which killed seventeen innocent people, and centred round the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, this political cartoon is a response equally to the shootings and to the litany of cartoons drawn in support for the victims, for satire, and for the practise of putting to paper. Eschewing the apotheosis of the pencil, my cartoon is…

Batter Together – A Political Cartoon

Batter Together – A Political Cartoon

The relentlessly hardworking David Cameron celebrates victory in the Scottish referendum by offering fried goods on the doorsteps of Westminster – accompanied by Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, boxes of Mars Bars, and a lonely orange. A scathing political cartoon.

Amsterdam Watercolour: Apartment View

Amsterdam Watercolour: Apartment View

And so here lies a second painting, in ink and watercolour, of the view from the rear balcony of my old apartment in the Oud-Zuid neighbourhood of Amsterdam. While the first looked down from the balcony toward two sheds, showing their roofs and yards in autumn with the patternation of fallen leaves, this watercolour shows a perspective across the complex…

Amsterdam Watercolour: Two Sheds in Autumn

At the end of last October, my partner and I departed Amsterdam and returned to York. The cause was my commencing a PhD in literature at the University of York. While there were possibilities for undertaking doctoral research at a university which would have enabled us to continue living in Amsterdam – including an excellent opportunity with the University of…

What Tribulations Await the New Doctor Who?

What Tribulations Await the New Doctor Who?

I have never watched an episode of Doctor Who. And yet when I read on Sunday of the proposed announcement of a new Doctor – an announcement which was to be made live, so I read, broadcast via BBC television – my imagination was taken in and held captive. I thought up the following words, sentences depicting the potential views,…

Flower Painting I

Flower Painting I

I bought some flowers just prior to Christmas, arranged them in a glass vase, and as they were beginning to wilt a week or so later I painted them. Here is that painting.