Margaret’s Buildings, Bath

One of Bath’s finest Georgian shopping streets is Margaret’s Buildings and as it is pedestrianised it is an ideal location to set up an easel. Painting a street scene is a bit of a moving target. You have to make the composition up as you go along and as people and dogs turn up! As long as you don’t drink too much you can stay there for ages!

On this occasion though, my luck was in as a kind lady presented me with a very posh tray of afternoon tea!

Oil on canvas, size 41cm x 61cm

Cuba, etching

The Taller Experimental de Grafica, the oldest printmaking workshop in Havana, were delighted to supply me with an etching plate to draw the nearby Plaza De La Catedral, and proofed it the same day. Respect!

Size 18cm x 14cm

The Canon’s Garden, Hereford Cathedral

Hereford is full of lovely places to discover. The Canon’s Garden is hidden away behind the Cathedral Cloisters on the banks of the River Wye. A team of dedicated green fingered Volunteers create swathes of gorgeous floral displays each season, amongst them you’ll find all the Gladioli varieties named after bishops!

Oil on Belgian Linen, size 56cm x 71cm

The Thaw, Belsay Quarry Gardens

Renting a picturesque but freezing Lodge Cottage on the Belsay Castle Estate in Northumberland, gave me the run of The Quarry Gardens. It was a welcome spring!

Full sheet watercolour