2020 so far

  I haven’t posted a blog update in a while. I guess there has been little for me to spout about lately and my writing skills aren’t brilliant at the best of times. I seem to have been much more creative in my darker times and several years ago during a period of depression I … More 2020 so far

Kidney update

Still waiting for my treatment, but at least I know what’s going to happen. I will be having my kidney removed on 16th August in Newcastle. Apparently there is a 90+% likelihood that it will be a cancer of the kidney, but I won’t know for definite until after the operation, when the kidney will … More Kidney update


In my last blog post I mentioned that I had a suspected RCC.  That is still the case, but what is making me think a lot is the amount of time that people have to wait from first finding something like this to getting any kind of treatment.  I do finally have an appointment for … More Waiting

this and that

I haven’t done any blogging for a while and I was going to keep it to just art stuff. However, this week is proving a bit tricky for me after I went for an ultrasound scan last Wednesday. The doctor had suggested I might have gallstones, so I was relieved when the scan showed there … More this and that

the other portrait

When I posted last I was explaining about one of the portrait workshops I’d attended. The picture here is from the other one which was an Ann Kullberg workshop.  I spent two days in a lovely workshop in Paisley with good friends just drawing. It’s not often I get the chance to do nothing but … More the other portrait


I’ve been on a couple of coloured pencil workshops lately, both doing portraits. Unusual as I don’t often do portraits of people, so to do two in a short time was very different! The first was by a wonderful portrait artist called David Sandell and his workshop was truly inspiring. We spent the first half … More Portraits

New site

Today I changed my WordPress blog into a website. I was prompted by the fact that the site I had’sort of’ done a couple of years ago had expired and no longer exists. That site was just about my artwork. This time it will be about my art, but I’m leaving this blog attached. That … More New site

Birthday blues

This day six years ago I was full of hope. Hope that I was starting out on the normal kind of life that other people seem to enjoy.  We’d had a lovely Valentines day the day before and I woke up to a cold, crisp morning lying beside the love of my life in a … More Birthday blues

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … More 2015 in review