September 2022
Last year we were fortunate to get a Cruise on Sagas Spirit of Discovery, 15 nights around the British Isles. Some fantastic destinations we have never visited before. This June we were fortunate enough to join and paint on board the Saga Spirit of Discovery, for 17 nights around the Mediterranean.
We are booked on the Saga Spirit of Adventure, for 2023, both in June and September. One to Norway and the North Cape, and the second cruise again around the Mediterranean. As you can probably tell we do enjoy running workshops and painting demonstration on both the lovely Saga Cruise Ships.
July 2020
Since the Iceland cruise we have been lucky to have returned to the Baltic, following a Tall ships festival, with some wonderful stops including Turku in Finland which was spectacular to reach and enjoy the tall ships.

Following that we had a great cruise on the Saga Pearl to the Mediterranean, it was a wonderful small ship and very friendly, with plenty of sea days to provide painting workshops for the passengers. We had some lovely stops in France, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar.

After this trip we were again lucky to get another Baltic trip, with more stops to destinations we had not visited before. This time it was with Fred Olsen, a cruise company our agent had not booked us on before. Lovely cabin, with plenty of light for my easel. Great friendly staff and passengers, with lots of great destinations.

This year as you can imagine the cruise industry has suffered and we have missed two cruises. A Scandinavian themed art and architectural cruise with Saga, on the Spirit of Adventure. Also, a cruise to the Arctic via Norway in mid-summer, with Fred Olsen. Not having been to Norway or the Arctic, we certainly missed this one.

On the bright side We have secured, via our agent, two cruises next year on both the New Saga ships, including the latest one called “Spirit of Adventure”

Apart from the workshops on cruise ships I have been busy with my day Job in Bexley Kent, going to the odd art club giving demonstration in watercolour. Painting as often as possible. I was also asked to carry out a small correction on an oil painting on the Saga Spirit of Adventure, just before her launch, last summer.

This last 4 months has been one where I have been painting and drawing at home. I have finished a few more pen and ink drawings that have turned out to be good. These last few weeks I have been out and about in a few Kent villages and Sevenoaks with my sketch pad, which has been very enjoyable. Especially having had to spend so much time in doors.

Keep your eye out for the August edition of the Kent Life magazine, I am, hopefully the featured artist.

April 2017
Last July I visited Iceland, Mull, and Dublin. Weather was fantastic and the Icelandic scenery spectacular. Would be happy to return and paint again in a few years. Tobermory in Mull was another lovely destination. Their I sketched and painted a simple scene on board to demonstrate how to work without a camera, and produce something recognisable. I continue to write a few articles and demonstration pieces for the Leisure Painter magazine. I will soon be back in the Baltic visiting a number of Countries including Denmark, which will be new destination for me. I have just tried some Bockingford Not 200lb paper. If you stretch it the traditional way, it's a beautiful surface to paint on. As soon as I can get the latest image painted on Bockingford, scanned or photographed I will add it to a gallery.

February 2016
Sorry I have not been updating very much recently. The latest news is that I have another article in the Leisure painter magazine, March Issue, which is in the shops now. This time to my surprise I have made the cover of the magazine. The subject is pen and wash or in some instances I like to call it pen and watercolour. In the April issue I will have another article in the same magazine, which is a demonstration piece of the old Post office in Sevenoaks, near the main traffic entrance to Knole Park.

September 2015
I have been a little busy of late, what with writing a couple of articles for the Leisure Painter and preparing to write another. Last month I was invited to take watercolour classes on a Baltic Cruise, where we stopped off in some amazing places, including Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Riga, Poland, Germany and Holland. I just hope I can find some time soon to paint and draw for the web site some of the material I have collected.
The September edition of the Leisure Painter Magazine, which includes my article on Pen and Ink, is in the shops now, next month’s article is a demonstration of how I go about drawing pine trees. At the end of the year or early next year I should have an article in the same magazine on pen and wash.

July 2015
I do apologise for not updating this section for such a long while. I have just submitted an article for publication in the Leisure Painter magazine on Pen and Ink drawing. I am told this should be published this autumn. I have also been asked by the magazine to produce a further article for them on pen and wash, which I have yet to do, but they do hope to get it in the magazine for the winter. I hope to have some more news on recent developments sometime soon. I will try and update this section on my web site more frequently.

30th November 2014
Yesterday I picked up an issue of Inside Kent Magazine from Waitrose in Sevenoaks, and on page 26 they feature me as the artist for December. I am very pleased with the article and hope to get a few copies sent to me by the publisher. Waitrose and John Lewis are the only outlets for this free magazine. With it being December it is rather a big issue, but very glossy with lots of ideas and recipes for Christmas.

November 2014
Come along and visit Sevenoaks Art Club Exhibition in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, at Sevenoaks Library. I have several original watercolours mounted in cellophane wraps for sale in the browsers and a small oil painting in the Gallery of Portsmouth Harbour. I hope you can find time to visit the show, and look at the work.

October 2014
Now is the time of year I am looking around for finished work ready for The Sevenoaks Art Club Exhibition called Brushworks to be held at The Kaleidoscope Gallery, within Sevenoaks Library. Between the 18th and 29th November 2014, the exhibition is always well attended by many of our 70 number members. The club was formed in 1901 and has a rich history as well as many fine artists.
I do hope some of you who read the news items on my site can come down and have a look at some of the great work that will be on show. I will have work mainly in the art browsers, unframed, but I hope to have at least one oil painting hung for the exhibition.
Hope you like my latest 2 pen and inks I have recently uploaded, one being Cobham woods Kent and the other Chartwell, Kent now a National Trust property, well worth a visit.

September 2014
I have at last added my first watercolour to the site (gallery 5) I have not yet sorted out or got enough of my watercolours printed to make up a full gallery yet, but I have now got the incentive, so over the next few months I hope to add more.

August 2014
We have just returned from a two weeks holiday in Scotland. Our son was a Clyde-Sider (Volunteer) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and enjoyed himself very much. Jan and I travelled up to Scotland via Yorkshire where we stayed for two nights. I have just uploaded a pen and Ink of Scarborough.
We managed to tour a little around Scotland and as usual I almost filled half a sketch pad of drawings from locations such as Glasgow, Perth, Dundee, St Andrews and many other locations. I hope over the next 6 months to add more pen and ink work of some of the beautiful places we visited. We had extraordinarily good weather in Scotland just as warm as Kent and great for sketching.
We did manage to see some of the games and the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth games which were spectacular. I can’t wait to get back to Scotland and sketch like mad, the scenery was breath taking.

May 2014
I have just added a further image to gallery 4 called High Street Whitstable which I hope you like.
I recently bought second hand a rather good book on Pen and Ink called The Pen & Ink Book – Materials and Techniques for Todays Artist by Jos. A. Smith. The book was first printed in paperback in 1999. The information on materials is second to none and you can tell the artist really knows his materials inside out, and well worth a read just for that. But the second part of the book is on techniques and the art of drawing, very often using mixed materials and the illustrations are spectacular. Unfortunately they don’t show any architectural work, but artistically it is well worth a read. Hope to catch up with you soon.

April 2014
As you can see I have not updated this section since January, but any followers to my web site will see that I have added more galleries, all of which are pen and ink. I do intend to add some watercolours, but unfortunately I don’t have the facilities of copying them at a sufficient quality to add to the web site, and it is quite expensive to have this done at the moment.
I do hope to get more pictures completed this year and to include at least one gallery with watercolour paintings. We are all off to Glasgow this summer for the commonwealth games, and I hope to have a few pen and inks of there to fair cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, which I can add to the site.

January 2014
You may have noticed I have added a 3rd gallery to the site again with pen and ink work, at the moment there are only 5 images in this gallery, but over the next few weeks I intend to add more till this has 9 images like galleries 1 & 2. I still intend to include a section of one pen and ink and the sketch it was lifted from. Some of the pen and inks will have been drawn only using the sketch, but others will have been drawn from both sketches and photographs.