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I'm trying to draw outside as much as I can while the weather's still warm. When it gets colder I'll probably start posting studio painting stuff more (and hopefully work on the website… scary stuff!). For now, this is the cow relaxing, proud of its clean bottom.

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Yesterday I visited the white leaved oak with Rachel. It’s reputed to be a thousand years old and tradition is to leave it a gift in its nooks and branches. Some of the most curious gifts I noticed included a string of teabags, two socks and a pair of rimless specs.

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I was walking around looking for some sheep who had moved fields, when I came across this tree.

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And this tree suggestes that I’ve been watching too much Lord of the Rings.

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I loved drawing on the beach in Brittany. Most people were busy enough not to spot me drawing them, when in cafes or the train they usually do spot me and we both feel a bit awkward. My nephew fell asleep for a whole afternoon so I managed to do a few sketches of him.

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And this is the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris which was one of the best days of my life. Monet’s Waterlilies canvases are just indescribable and intended to feel limitless, like you’re inside their world. The Louvre was really quite good and this was about one hundred times better, just to give you an idea of how much I liked this space.

That fish is helping me to create a small body of work. I’ve made some representational paintings, which I want to be slightly uncomfortably close up to get that feel of a fish bowl.

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One painting didn’t feel successful as a whole but I was really enjoying the fish scales so I’m taking those forward into a bigger painting. I will try to remember to post when I’ve worked on the big one a bit more.

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