Just returned from a wonderful cruise to the Azores and the Iberian Peninsula.  I'm lucky enough to be invited to teach watercolour painting aboard ship, from time to time. The MV Aurora took us to Porta Delgarda and Horta in the Azores, Madeira, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Lisbon and Vigo. When not in port I taught classes in the morning and afternoon on such subjects as colour, form, drawing, wet-in-wet, wash, lifting off and stopping out.  The classes of about twenty people where great fun to teach and students, of all abilities, were always enthusiastic and receptive - if only every teacher could say that!

Classes took place in the Crow’s Nest bar, a lovely space, on the top deck, with panoramic views over the


We are off on another jolly with that fine cruise line P & O. It all started with a phone call from Miami in 2004, asking us to join the, then very new, Queen Elizabeth II in New York.  I jumped at the opportunity and within a week or two we were flying business class to

Last week we spent five sunny and fruitful days in North Devon. I've loved that part of the UK since I first went there, as a teenager. My brother was a student teacher and decided to follow his then girlfriend to Ilfracombe, where she was spending the summer as a chamber-maid. I went with him and

Had a wonderful birthday weekend in Bath and a lovely group of people attended my Turner watercolour class, at the Holbourne Museum. Interestingly, a number of participants had been given my class as a Christmas present - they got ME for Christmas! Ha!

An exciting development for me, as an artist

In a previous post I mentioned how much I had enjoyed the exhibition, Late Turner at Tate Britain. The great man produced all the work in that show after he turned 60. As I approach that milestone myself, in a couple of days, I hope that I can emulate the great man and in the words of Jon Winston