From stretcher to visual diary cover…

Today I de-stretched a number of older acrylic works and mounted one of them (cutting into three) onto visual diaries. I was particularly pleased with the result. This work had already received 3-4 coats of gloss varnish and was well tempered. I have a growing collection of sketch books and visual diaries each one showing process and progress over the years. Cutting a canvas to adorn them seemed appropriate.

This is not the first time!Visual Diary Affair…

If in doubt draw flowers…

I wonder if we all have a subject and/or medium where we feel safe to ponder for a while? Mine has to be charcoal, pastel and flowers. Another A3 sketchbook study with beginnings in water-soluable oil pastels. I enjoy the carefree scribbling and painterly blending with water…freedom.

Happy Discoveries!

Out of the chaos emerge tiny pieces of tonalism…

Nothing is wasted…these little studies have been taken from a larger piece which didn’t make the grade. When I do this exercise of finding compositions within a work, and sometimes manipulating the contrast and highlights, I find momentum for further work. It’s fun and I have found it a worthwhile exercise.


“Headland” abstract section – study in pastel and ink.


“Sunset Around the Bays” abstract section – pastel and ink study.


“Poppy Fields” abstract section – pastel and ink study.


It takes a little courage to make the first cut into a large piece of work that has taken hours to produce, but after you find those promising discoveries it becomes easier. These abstracts will find their way to my visual dairy where I will make some black and white sketches and later endeavour to turn these into either acrylic or pastel landscapes.

Visual Diary Affair…

It’s the beginning of a new year and I thought I would gather some of my visual diaries and journals compiled over the past few years. My aim is to share a few of my favourite pages, and also demonstrate one of the creative ways I tend to procrastinate…covering my books with older paintings or drawings that haven’t quite made the grade. It’s a great way of making each journal unique. So don’t throw away those pieces, turn them into your next journal cover!

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