Describing the forthcoming exhibition called, London Ancient and Modern. December 2015
Description of new art collection being painted at the studio.
New Site - Old Style
Just as in my Painting I try to keep things elegant and traditional, this new web site is a design upgrade from my last site, without reinventing the whole plan. The dot key at the top is a loose indication of the status of the paintings, but prints can be made of most of my works.
In the Studio I am putting the finishing touches to my D-Day painting for the Inns of Court & City Yeomanry. I use August as a time to clear out all unfinished work and I have finally found time to start a new exhibition project. During September I am going on canoe expedition with Miss Jewell in this glorious weather we don't seem to be having... whose idea was that!
I will start a big commission for the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers if I survive...
I have just come back from Helmand Province with the 4th Battalion the Rifles. I took all my oils and everything else I could think of packed in to my new tactical metal case. The flight over there was a story in itself, but the RAF always likes to add a twist to an adventure, and in the end I arrived at Camp Bastion with all my kit in good nick. I spend the first 3 days drawing portraits, painting from 'Sangars' (watch towers) at dawn, and getting used to the heat during physical training. One thing of particular note were the astonishingly good curries!
New Mountains to Climb!
On Monday I went to the same camp that I deployed to Bosnia from in 1996, West down camp, in the middle of Salisbury Plain. I had an interview the 4thBattalion, the Rifles and by the end I was declared the War artist for Rifles of which there are 7 Battalions! After the meeting in the camp car park the Inns of Court Yeomanry called and told me to paint D-Day. Thus on the drive back to London I did not need Redbull to keep awake at the wheel! This after a rather trying cold February was a wonderful change of gear. Now all I have to do is find a sunny day with a Dingo armoured car, and get fit for Afghanistan.
The exhibition and December party season is over and in the snow of January I can look back at the exhibition. In the end there were 3 very well turned out views and the last one was the biggest and sold the most. Prints and paintings have been selling well since the exhibition and I have some wonderful commissions in the pipe line. The exhibition made a good profit.