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  • The Cards Have Arrived!

    I haven’t had time to post on here for a while as my time has been taken up with the design and production of a new range of David Stead greetings cards.…

  • Ripon Cathedral

    I was thinking of doing a series of greetings cards based on some of my pictures. Obviously I would need a Ripon Cathedral card so I did this mixed media. I think…

  • Lydia Portrait

    Easter Monday and just finished a portrait of Lydia. We have a cuppa to celebrate.

  • Stop!

    You’ll notice that Jonathan is grinning in the photo; this was the relative calm after the storm. For the previous twenty five minutes he had been bouncing round the room, whooping and…

  • Bootham Culmination (or not)

    So, we are approaching the final stroke – the coup de grace. Jonathan will I’m sure be relieved: he will get his life and his sitting room back, whereas I will be…

  • Kate

    Finished a portrait of daughter Kate yesterday; don’t think I’ll be allowed to sell it though!

  • Blue Sky Thinking (Bootham 5)

    ‘Lovely Day’, said the lady in the petrol station. ‘Hmm’, I muttered. I’d been working on a portrait in the predictable light of the studio all morning and now I was on…

  • Bootham 4

    Nine ‘o’ clock start in York. Jonathan has some new glasses so we had to decide whether to ┬áchange the picture or carry on with the old pair. Since there was a…

  • Bootham 2

      Second day at Bootham school and after working late in the studio last night I’d slept in! All a bit of a rush to get to York as soon as possible…

  • Portrait Commission

    Today was the first day working on a commission to paint Jonathan Taylor, headmaster of Bootham school in York. The school has a long tradition of commissioning portraits of headmasters dating back…

  • Canvas Stretching

    In the studio after my travels in the south west and it’s good to be back. Stretching and priming canvases today in preparation for starting some new commissions next week. Monday will…

  • Back in the South West

    Great to be back in Devon again; staying with friends and visiting my old haunts. I crossed the Tamar into Cornwall today, had lunch at a decent little pub and made some…