Category Archives: Architecture

Paintings and photography of buildings and parts of buildings, decorative fixtures, stone and metalwork.

Glass butterflies II

Glass Butterflies is a growing collection of photographs depicting butterflies in juxtaposition with glass: under frames, next to windows, inside glass houses…a metaphor that has deeply informed my painting, writing and thinking for a number of years. As well as taking me on a journey of deeply personal exploration, these synchronistic experiences have everything to do with releasing the Sacred Feminine from her “box” whilst learning to appreciate how that feminine aspect can be allowed to settle upon a much more equal and balanced relationship with the male-oriented, left-hemispherical “structures” of our three-dimensional reality. In a sense, the butterfly learns to work with “the box” on her terms and in ways that enhance her innate qualities; which is the very marriage of fluidity and form that underpins the art-process, taking “inspiration” through the journey of the creative act to where we have something tangible that we can interface with as a three-dimensional form of expression. As you can tell, the metaphor has many layers and continues to develop as one of the long-running themes of my experience. Continue reading

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Amsterdam – where left meets right

There’s something crystalline about places that formed along strictly organised lines masterminded by great architects…and then softened over time. It’s not the history of the places that draws me per se but the process of succumbing and melding with something more fluid, after the event of their creation, that beguiles me; it’s where they are at now that appeals. Like a cup overspilling, the colour and creativity of human life that they burst with – now – is like that liquid I refer to, although it’s not; its more energetic in nature, it’s a feeling that manifests as beauty…. Revisiting Amsterdam, having some epiphanies about what creates the unique energy of a place along the way. Continue reading

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The dance of dark and light

A recurrent theme of my paintings (for a couple of years now) has been light coming through windows and what started as an aesthetic fixation gradually revealed itself to be the very way that I was exploring this theme in … Continue reading

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Venetian Backwater

As I mentioned in my last post, one of my (four) recent paintings was of a Venetian canal hemmed in by all the haphazard geometry of shuttered windows, porticos, balconies and rooftops. I spent a good portions of my Saturday scanning this … Continue reading

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From One Extreme to the Other – My Latest Paintings

The pattern of how I work is generally such that I paint like a fury for a few weeks, pretty-much lost in the creative bubble of my right-brain and on some sort of mission to paint this or that – … Continue reading

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Nature’s cathedral

In a recent post, I discussed my new passion for painting windows and speculated that it wouldn’t be too long before I painted another one.  Well, here it is and if there is a theme in common with Florentine Window, … Continue reading

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Dust motes and radiance: windows in art

I recently set about painting a window, a newish painting subject for me although I have tackled it once before, many years ago, and frequently in my sketches.  I’d decided on the subject long before I’d pinpointed the exact window … Continue reading

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Durham doorways

  I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages as the photos were taken 18 months ago during a stay in Durham, however I’ve only just got around to adding them to my Flickr gallery (such is my back-log). … Continue reading

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The Beauty is in the Detail

A celebration of some of life’s little flourishes:

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Carcassonne – city of dreams

The first time that I went to Carcassonne, it was by train, with a friend; it was a long day of much bus and train travel then pavement pounding (with two young children) on what was an extremely hot August … Continue reading

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