Thursday, August 28, 2014

A little corner of Turkey in Dorset

I'm so glad I managed to sketch this house as I've had so many happy days and evenings here over the last 30 years.

Lovely Dorset


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Story in the Guardian



My son Tom persuaded me to respond to a request from the Guardian to hear from people who had had a whirlwind courtship. So when I did they asked me to write an article about getting married when we'd only known each other three months. My daughter Flo said she thought it was bit 'cringe' and bit 'vom', which is probably true, but if you want a bit of laugh look here and don't forget to read the below the line comments many of which are better than the article. Also just so you know like most of their writers I'm not responsible for the headline or standfirst or first few words.

The next thing that happened was a request to go on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, but however much I adore Woman's Hour, I've decided I'm not keen on a career pontificating about marriage, so I sadly declined.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Trying out new illustrator tool

Lots of original sketches to scan, but no time. Heartwood is looking particularly beautiful, I may need to post photos.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saw my mate Tom Stoppard last night


Obviously he isn't really my mate. But I did write my degree thesis on his writing. And 30 years ago, the morning after seeing his play 'Travesties', I bumped into him in Kensington Gore. I don't usually approach famous people as I can imagine it's horribly annoying, but the street was empty and I love so many of his plays, speaking to him was irresistible. He was charming, asked my opinion of the production of his play, wanted to know how much I was enjoying studying at the nearby Royal College of Art, and said that one of his sons was thinking of becoming an artist or designer and what would I suggest (sketchbook, sketchbook, sketchbook!). So last night, going to see the very enjoyable play 'Privacy' by James Graham at the Donmar Warehouse, it was very exciting to see the great man going into the theatre with us. This time, I'm sure he would not have welcomed being noticed by any of his fans, so I just allowed myself an inner thrill.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Rachmaninov Vespers in St Albans Abbey


This should be a wonderful concert by the St Albans Chamber Choir on the 17th of May. Book your tickets here.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rocky, the new family member

 

Meet Rocky, part boxer, part staffie, all lovable mutt.

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

This amused me…


Friday, February 28, 2014

Polish Choral Music


An evening of Polish Choral music
Saturday 1 March 7.30pm 
St Saviour’s Church St Albans AL1 4DF

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Luton Sea Cadets awards evening



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The cats we adopted on our Turkish summer holiday

After losing our dear dog Rufus, it was lovely to have some animals to temporarily adopt over the summer hols. I couldn't bring myself to mention that we had to let Rufus go at the time, it was just too sad. 
I've made an album of all my sketches of Rufus over here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The girl who loves the fifties