It's May 2017, and three things are happening:
I'm about to have my first proper exhibition as part of the Wylye Valley Art trail.If you click on the page above, called Wylye Valley Art Trail, you can see the paintings I'm exhibiting, but, better still, if you are travelling down the A303 between May 27 and June 3, you can come and see them and the paintings of my co-exhibitors, Alex Davies and Chris Topham. We are at Burton Grange, Burton, BA12 6BR
The second excitement is that Arna, (fox red lab) had eleven puppies on April 29th. This website is about painting and gardening, but I can't resist putting in a photo.
And the most important event going on, is the wedding of our eldest son on June 3rd. Keep everything crossed for good weather and not too much wind
Why do I paint and why do I garden?
'When a painting goes badly, it makes me weep - but when it goes well, I feel alive. I still play the piano better than I paint, but the important thing is that I don't play the piano as well as I did when I was 20, whereas I paint better than I did last year.
Gardening is like painting, very slowly, and with even less control. There are 3 gardens featured in this site. Crescent Lane, which, sadly isn't mine any more, but gave me huge pleasure and was responsible for getting me into gardening. It still feels part of my life, because I have some of its plants and many of their descendants in Wiltshire and Brittany. My French garden, Kerlaouen in Brittany, is a garden that teaches me to let go and not be in control. I can't, because I'm not there for half the year. It's a good life lesson! My third garden is Burton Grange, which was a totally blank canvas in 2013 and is now emerging."