I drew Tom on the tube train en-route to his appointment with Arkwright scholarships. He had a fun morning at Imperial College working on a team-building engineering exercise followed by an interview as a candidate for a scholarship, which if he is given it, will provide funding for himself and his school for a couple of years. While this was going on I drew some of the buildings nearby. I spent three years as a student in this part of South Kensington without once thinking of drawing any of the buildings – shame I hadn’t thought of ‘One Mile from Home’ at that point in my life.
Then I went back to the College and drew the Queen’s Tower, the last remaining bit of Victoriana, in the midst of all the concrete and glass of this monument to science.
This is a place where I regularly post personal artwork, good, bad or indifferent.
The characters that crop up regularly in this blog are husband – Robin, eldest teenager and only daughter – Flo, next teenager and eldest son – Tom, teenager second son – Hugo, five year old third son – Xavier, and red Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Rufus.
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My two eldest have started a business venture selling artwork (mainly my paintings) to raise money for university. Please visit their site, Oakley Gallery to see what they are selling now.
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