Thursday, May 23, 2013


I handed my paintings in to the ‘Nature in Art Museum, at Twigworth. Nr. Gloucester yesterday.  The Museum is housed in a fine old mansion near Gloucester. TWASI is fortunate to have the use of a Marquee set up on a lawn in front of the house for their annual exhibition. It makes a wonderful venue.
I found a team of members working hard preparing lighting in preparation for hanging work on the screens and erecting display stands for unframed work. Val Briggs checked in my entries and revealed that there had been over 290 works submitted more than last year – an indicator of the Society’s growing reputation.
A big thank you to all the energetic volunteers for the time and effort they have contributed to making the exhibition a success.
The exhibition runs from 24th May to 2nd June 10.00am. to 5.00pm. daily.
Do pay a visit there will be something for all artistic tastes.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Years ago I bought a book which was part of a series of ‘Field Study Guides’ I was attracted by the dustcover which was covered with line drawings. The title was ‘Oaks and Oak Woods’ and the author was A.E.R.Ennion who was the warden of the field study centre at Flatford Mill in Suffolk. I still treasure my copy because it is illustrated with coloured line and wash drawings. He also wrote ‘The Lapwing’ which was the first book in the series.
The books have long been out of print and I didn’t realise until quite recently that he was one of the most influential 20th century wild life painters. Robert Gillmor described him as "... a man of great humanity, intelligence, energy and fun."
 The following links to pages on his website show examples of his watercolours.