I saw an email today where my correspondent said they’d love to know about art, materials and anything else that I might be offering. That’s lovely to hear, and gives me an idea about my ‘thought for today’.

I use oils most of the time now, although I know people tend to view it as quite a scary medium, but in fact watercolour (where many people start) is by far the hardest medium to master. Acrylic is quite a good experimental medium, but the colours are harsh and the plasticky feel isn’t attractive. They also dry so fast that you can feel slightly stressed trying to keep up!

One very under-used medium these days is egg tempera, and that’s how the illustration (‘Homage to Flammarion’) was produced. Most artists using egg tempera tend to go for photo-realism, but that wouldn’t work for me. The only thing you have to watch is that slugs love it. The painting here was painted on hide, managed to survive the slugs, and was stretched with leather cord onto a wooden frame. By the way, Flammarion himself deserves to be a lot better known – a 19th century chemist, his imagination was, as you see, quite out of the ordinary. The original was an engraving, but it’s been reproduced in many different media.

Sculpture

Recently I've been making a clay sculpture for a friend. I use special self-hardening clay sourced from the US – it's a clay and epoxy mix, which dries hard in 24 hours, and you can then drill it, carve it, and paint it. The friend wanted a Madonna for the little...

Spring Manifestation

  After a long winter, we are finally seeing the true signs of spring in Tuscany - daffodils in the garden, and hints of the first delicate green leaves on the trees. It's not that the winter was very cold, but it was very, very wet - I think it rained most days...

Media

I saw an email today where my correspondent said they'd love to know about art, materials and anything else that I might be offering. That's lovely to hear, and gives me an idea about my ‘thought for today’. I use oils most of the time now, although I know people tend...

January 1st 2021

1st January is a good time to think, especially after the year we’ve just left behind. So many people have been saying we need to get away from the ‘old’ normal, not go back to it (usually people with more than one brain cell to run together). But even if so many of...

Reading for the World

I wanted to look at the year ahead. Using the Devas of Creation, I asked, 1) Will the world situation improve in 2021? Answer – Immanence (the card I call Gabriel). It's a lovely card, although the angelic being seems a little stuck on earth, even though it wants to...
Sculpture

Sculpture

Recently I've been making a clay sculpture for a friend. I use special self-hardening clay sourced from the US – it's a clay and epoxy mix, which dries hard in 24 hours, and you can then drill it, carve it, and paint it. The friend wanted a Madonna for the little...

Spring Manifestation

Spring Manifestation

  After a long winter, we are finally seeing the true signs of spring in Tuscany - daffodils in the garden, and hints of the first delicate green leaves on the trees. It's not that the winter was very cold, but it was very, very wet - I think it rained most days...

January 1st 2021

January 1st 2021

1st January is a good time to think, especially after the year we’ve just left behind. So many people have been saying we need to get away from the ‘old’ normal, not go back to it (usually people with more than one brain cell to run together). But even if so many of...

Reading for the World

Reading for the World

I wanted to look at the year ahead. Using the Devas of Creation, I asked, 1) Will the world situation improve in 2021? Answer – Immanence (the card I call Gabriel). It's a lovely card, although the angelic being seems a little stuck on earth, even though it wants to...