Chateau de Saurs

The chateau, besides fine wines and beautiful gardens for you to enjoy, has a light airy exhibition space. Tomorrow I have an appointment with the owner of chateau de Saurs who’s company I always enjoy. We may go sketching together some time soon if it’s not to hot. Later, several other domain owners during the … Read more

La Fete

Spoilt for choice, it’s Party season here with a capital ‘P’, ‘Les Fetes’ in the beautiful Tarn, every village, town and hamlet offers ‘la Fete’, you really are spoilt for choice.
Last night I chose the Quai Saint Jacques at Gaillac, a lovely spot I know well.

Quai Saint Jaques, Gaillac
Quai Saint Jaques, Gaillac

I’ve painted there several times, most notably the meticulously researched historic reconstruction “Port of Gaillac 1863” and have several as yet unborn ideas in mind to two new gaillac paintings.

Port of Gaillac 1863
Port of Gaillac 1863

What ever, a beautiful ambience prevailed while most of the musique this year, and good it was too, was Arab/French and Afro-Caribbean.

Quai Saint Jaques,
Quai Saint Jaques, Gaillac

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Sunrise and balloons

Sunrise today and a surprise… balloons and birds, I wasn’t the only one up early.

Sunrise today and a surprise, 
Sunrise today and a surprise, balloons!

Who likes balloons? Everyone ? I think any and all balloons are good news  !

Sunrise and balloons
Sunrise and balloons

Balloons can mean ‘party’ balloons pretty, tactile, exciting and fun.

Sunrise, balloons
Sunrise and balloons

I’ve always wanted to learn to fly; my odd colour vision made that impossible when I was an adolescent living near Biggin Hill aerodrome.

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It’s been a real pleasure to share a few days together.

Linda & Michael Baker
Linda & Michael Baker

08.00 today and my very good friends Michael and Linda Baker were under way, bound for Plymouth, England.
Their plan, a relaxed two day drive stopping at places like Saint Emilion.

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Plenty of paint

Famous Wine Villages of Bordeaux Series Of my landscapes “more than a match for anything in the Musee d’Orsay” said Alain Soreano, author, historian, when opening the exhibition at the Centre Culturale, Gaillac, December 2016. ~ click on the images to share in something of the joy of M. Soreano. Painted yesterday, you certainly get your money’s worth … Read more

Eclipse this

“Small, local village pleasures”. The plan is to go to Castelnau de Montmiral tomorrow arriving late afternoon / early evening. In the Tarn almost every village offers local pleasures. In the Tarn almost every village offers local pleasures. In the Tarn almost every village offers local pleasures. I’m looking forward to the fete de Musique … Read more


An uproarious Fete de Musique at Sauveterre-de-Guyenne inspired this painting, 61 x 915 cm (24″ x 36″), oils, yours for £1,2000 ~ you might even talk me into including a CD. New on, my landscape web site ‘Famous Wine Villages of Bordeaux’ series, Entre Deux Mers. Sauveterre-de-Guyenne in the heart of ‘Entre Deux Mers’ (the land … Read more

Flight Deck

Flight Deck, page updated

Boeing 727,
Boeing 727, Crete

This on the day of the 100 th anniversary of the founding of the RAF.

Painted as a result of the captain inviting me into the ‘jump seat’ as we landed.

He later helped check every single instrument and switch was correct for the height and distance out.

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