New challenges and new titles

Beetroot 32.5 x 48.5cm

4 November 2021

I had a successful and interesting time through the North House gallery’s exhibition in Manningtree in September. The exhibition ran in conjunction with the Stour Valley Festival initiative to eat locally, within 30 miles, for 30 days.  I took up the challenge and it was a real insight into roadside selling, limited availability in supermarkets, petrol consumption, wonderful local producers and how badly we compare to other countries.  It’s now ingrained and has resulted in quite a few more paintings of local produce – some of which, above and below, will be exhibited in ‘Connected by Colour’, an exhibition at Adrian Hill Fine Art in Holt, Norfolk, 12 November – 23 December 2021.  It was quite a challenge to paint these before they dried out – a spay bottle comes in handy….

A pair of cobs  34 x 44cm

Titles – a thought……

I usually title paintings fairly obviously because I dislike obscure over-fancy titles and large signatures but I recently titled a long painting of very old trainers ‘Worn out’ and a painting of zips ‘Up and down’.  I wasn’t really conscious of doing it and, although still rather simple, I think that the titles may have reflect my lockdown mood! Who knows?

Worn out  37 x 96cm


Up and down 29 x 93cm