This is a watercolour sketch of a flash photo taken of three stone figures. They appear on a panel at the base of their parents' tomb in the church of St Denys, Colmworth. They are part of the local Dyer family from the 17th century. Inscribed above, is what is described as the first English love poem written/published by a woman - their mother, CatherineDyer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Denys,_Colmworth
They clutch handkerchiefs in token of their grief for their parents who, in far larger statues, recline together under a pillared canopy.
I felt sorry for the girls standing there, to the left of their four cold brothers, in the darkness, partially obscured by the altar - like afterthoughts. Though I guess, if they survived their parents, they may have decided on their place and 'look' in the tomb's design.
This is my first experiment in gouache - and some ink. It's based on a Pissarro oil painting from the 1890s. There's a wonderful collection of Pissarro's paintings on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjYod9Q32wg&t=1750s
These four paintings from my last exhibition, 'Alphasketch', have just been framed and will be exhibited at King's House in order to raise money for the homeless. They are part of 26 paintings done of Bedford streets, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Here are Western, Lansdowne, Dawlish and Newnham. You can see the rest here: Alphasketch.
This is the scene on the embankment today: people walking by the river.
The allotments were cold and deserted today. But even so, the beans, garlic and onions are already coming up. I was repairing the shed. Then I came back to paint this portrait of one of my allotment heroes.
During the lockdown, the allotments were a haven - not only the therapy of working the land in the fresh air, but also the great company of people connected to the natural world. This guy really knows how to grow stuff.
Busy day of speaking to the charity, visiting the allotment shed, checking tyre pressures and recovering from falling off my bike. Maybe that's why this hurried painting turned out a bit surreal.