Sisters on Aldeburgh beach

Big sister lends a hand to her little sister on a wobble down the shingle at Aldeburgh beach.

Big and little sister holding hands

Big and little sister holding hands

Elephant polo

I have recently discovered elephant polo after an American client asked me could I do some illustrations. There is also another variant; camel polo!

The game is similar but there are two people on each elephant a mahout who steers the elephant and the player with a very long polo mallet. It is played in Thailand and Nepal and Scotland are apparently very good at Elephant polo!

Elephant polo

Elephant polo

Fisherman's beach - lunch at Griggs

Fisherman’s beach at Hythe has changed with the building of appartments overlooking the beach. However the fishing boats still go out and catch crab and fish of all sorts and sell to restaurants including Griggs.

This painting is of Stella Maria which was pulled up high on the beach and has now disappeared. Is she still sailing the seas or has she been broken up? Another sign of changes on the Hythe coast.

Even the fisherman’s gear is tidied up but I still enjoy seeing the piles of rope and assorted stuff lying in orderly heaps.

Go and see it before it disappears completely along with the way of life.

Griggs at Fisherman’s beach Hythe

Griggs at Fisherman’s beach Hythe

Framed and ready to go!

Linoprint finished and framed

Dungeness at Dusk

Dungeness at Dusk

This is my linoprint ready for the galleries on the south coast!

London Ceremonial

Chelsea Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Chelsea Pensioner at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Three Cheers for the founder.

Chelsea Pensioner at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Three Cheers for the founder.

Here is a new drawing of a Chelsea pensioner at the founders day rehearsal. Three days later the founders day salute was taken by HRH Duke of Sussex.

Chelsea Pensioners are former soldiers or non-commissioned officers of the British Army (including National Service) or former officers of the British Army who served in the ranks for at least 12 years or were awarded a disablement pension while serving in the ranks. They must be over 65 years of age, be able to live independently on the Long Wards on arrival to the Royal Hospital Chelsea and be free of any financial obligation to support a spouse or family.

Up to 300 army veterans live at the Royal Hospital including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II. Others may not have served in campaigns, but all understand what it means to be a soldier and the potential sacrifice that it entails.

The Royal Hospital is a Grade I and II listed site, a beautiful architectural legacy left to us by Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren.

Yeoman Warder at Tower of London

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Just started on a new series of drawings based on the Ceremonial uniforms found in London. I started at the Tower of London where the magnificent Yeoman Warders guard the Tower and give animated talks to visitors from all over the world. Their uniforms date back to Tudor times and remind me of the portraits of King Henry VIII.

The popular name for the Yeomen is ‘Beefeaters’ and a well known brand of Gin also bears the name and an image of the Yeoman guard in full cermonial uniform which is worn at State occassions.

I’m looking forward to seeing the state uniform soon as we have a State visit in London from 3rd to 5th June when The President of the USA is visiting. Should be interesting!

Dungeness print Lino block

The Lino block has been cut away for the last colour to be printed. At this stage the actual Lino block becomes an artwork in its own right.

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New drawings of officer cadets

This Officer cadet is the first in a new series of drawings based on the Sovereign’s Parade at RMA Sandhurst.

The marching almost looks like ballet.

I free draw the image from a photo and change the face to try and give a good expression. Concentration in this one.

The drawing is then scanned and tweeked a lot in photoshop to look more graphic and then I add red digitally.

From beginning to end it probably takes a day to complete.

Officer cadet ‘On Parade’ at RMA Sandhurst

Officer cadet ‘On Parade’ at RMA Sandhurst

Photoshopped image with red added and all unwanted marks and lines erased.

Photoshopped image with red added and all unwanted marks and lines erased.