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  1. Cuckmere Haven

    On the beautifully sunny day of 27/08/16 we had a family trip to this wonderful and unique spot and I made some quick sketches…
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    In the late morning before the inevitable tourist rush we walked along the western footpath to the Coastguard Cottages to visit the craft fair taking place there. Whilst there I couldn’t resist this quick take on the stunning Seven Sisters, sitting in the sun on the back step of the nearest cottage – owned by the Mutter family, who created the fair in order to try to help save the cottages from the ravages of the sea.


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    After lunch in the Cuckmere Inn, the view east from the car park across the winding river flats towards the rowing club and visitor centre was idyllic.

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    Turning to face south from the same position in the car park the gaze was drawn down the channel towards the river mouth and the lofty chink of white cliff rising above it. The Coastguard Cottages are just out of shot to the right on the opposite side of the bay.

  2. Old Tasters 7 : Santenay 1er Cru 2002 Grand Clos Rousseau, Jean-Claude Boisset

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    Simply one of the best Pinots, from the exemplary hands of winemaker Gregory Patriat. Now 14 years old and just beginning to mature into a striking wine.

    Vibrant light mauve, rustic brick red in colour with a deep bramble fruit and earthy mushroomy nose. The entry is soft with light notes of raspberry, pepper, violets and spices. The palate is sustained, although there are signs that a few more years might knit the finish, which is just on the dry side, into the fruit a little more, allowing more mellow tertiary flavours to come through. A delightful wine showing real breeding. Just right for post-prandial sipping on a hot summer’s evening out on the terrace by candlelight…

  3. Gwyneth Herbert

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    At the Late Lounge, Rye Jazz Festival. Shortly after we were interviewed on BBC South East News as part of the Festival (30 seconds of fame, eh?).
    28/08/15

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    A fantastically intimate gig on her home turf at the Kino-Teatr, St Leonards: beautiful songs, great rapport (she called me ‘Beguiling I’ after one of her songs!); comfy leather armchairs and relaxing glasses of Tempranillo.
    13/05/16

  4. Hastings950

    A series of scenes, using the Bayeux Tapestry as inspiration, to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings this year.

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    A modern vista of the towns of Hastings and St Leonards using a combination of components from the actual tapestry to paint a scene which celebrates them both in an apt setting for this anniversary year.
    19/05/16

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    Harold, Duke of Wessex.
    21/06/16

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    Crowned, Harold II of England.
    26/06/16

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    Harold is struck by an arrow and cut down on the battlefield.
    12/07/16

  5. Early Calligraphate

    A series of works based loosely around the art of calligraphy as may be found in a fictional land where everything, whether natural or man-made, celebrates different modes of writing/scripts. Indeed, the very stuff of matter in this imagined province emanates from the stroke of a pen, reed or quill or results from the deft flow of brush.

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    Gate of the Kufic Deity at one of the entrances to the Calligraphate.
    27/04/16

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    The cutter, Jeli Dewani de Hachem, off the eastern coast of the Calligraphate.
    30/04/16

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    Brush trees in the Far Eastern mountains.
    30/04/16

    Three manuscripts from the Central Library:

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    Line tracing of William Morris’ Kelmscott Press edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
    29/05/16

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    Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry’s view of Chateau de Saumur. If you approach it right you can gain much the same view (sans bucolic vegetation) today from the town’s car park.
    24/05/16

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    The arrest of Christ, Book of Kells.
    27/05/16

    And some ancient scripts written on clay tablets, from the Calligraphic Museum:

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    31/05/16

  6. Gardenalia

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    Magnolia at bud-burst.
    25/03/16

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    Fennel new growth.
    12/04/16

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    Bluebells.
    12/04/16

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    Whitebells/snowdrops.
    17/04/16

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    A heavily copiced pear tree, netted with ivy, just before new spring growth.
    17/04/16

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    Rusting old brazier in the undergrowth.
    21/04/16

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    Testing a new app. (ProCreate) on my birthday (!) through an unfamiliar oil-paint line sketch of rear garden, raised beds and lean-to greenhouse. Kind of like the effect which could have great potential and utility, once mastered.
    07/04/16

  7. Pier views

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    Evening view of Hastings Old Town from the new pier on the eve of its official opening.
    20/05/16

    A cool twilight moment listening to the Hastings Big Choir rehearsing their set for the morning.

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    Hazy view west of the St Leonards and Marine Court shoreline.
    24/06/16

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    View inland from upper deck.
    24/06/16

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    Low tide.
    19/06/16