Monthly Archives: December 2015

Each Christmas I like to paint wrapping paper for the presents. Here are some from this year’s batch. I love doing it – the images are totally ephemeral, and the idea is to ply the brush as fast as possible. And if you make a mistake or slip, it totally doesn’t matter.


My wife Julia brought me one of those concertina-folded Chinese books from Changsha in China. I have used it to create a long picture, which is here divided up into the folds that you would see when opening the book at any place. The picture concerns a bout with sciatica, a painful affliction of the nerves of the lower back and legs.

The painting is done in mixed media including inks, watercolours and oil pastels.

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