Friday, 29 June 2012

Opening Night

 Thanks to Bakewell Arts Festival , Helen and her amazing staff at H's , and to all the lovely guests who said nice things and actually now own a painting. A really amazing night!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Woa ! Spending the day at H's hanging paintings with Sue H., Janette Hockley Webster ( lighting expert) . Maja M. ( Consultancy) and Helen (H's)(coffee) , tempted by the fact the bar is open BUT my superior Zen Discipline is keeping my focus.
Trying out Private View soundtrack that includes Black Gold of the Sun, The Wyld Olde Souls, Fairport Convention and Led Zeppelin. The staff like it and the paintings look happy!

Monday, 25 June 2012

shots from the studio

Above my studio doors

'not all those who wander are lost"

Finishing this tonight with "KASHMIR" on full blast.
Was there ever a bigger riff?

look what Janette did!


LED ZEPPELIN 1,2, 3, 4,Houses of the Holy......Physical Graffiti  all day......

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Star and the Sea

What is between the star and the sea?
A bird as bright as a bird can be?
What is between the bird and me
only a star
only the sea
only a star
only the sea

the Waterboys.

Room to Roam dedication : Thank You God for Life , Love and Music.

some finishing touches

Busy few days selecting candidates and applying a few final touches

Right now having o/d on Peter Green yesterday the WATERBOYS "Right to Roam" is on repeat. Fantastic album uplifting foot tapping heart warming Guiness desiring record!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

dont forget this...

Bakewell Recreation Ground
1.30 through to evening:Bakewell Arts Festival will be holding a ‘mini Festival’ as part of Bakewell Arts Festival 2012, with events to include their annual Live on the Lorry event showcasing the best of local and regional performers - relocated to Bakewell Recreation Ground in honour of the arrival of the Torch - along with a stunning exhibition by local artist Keith How, ‘The Stanton Moor Project’   

Friday, 8 June 2012

"STARFALL" in progress

"STARFALL- The Stars they play with Laughing Sam's Dice on Stanton Moor"                             18X24 mixed media


Since yesterday's walk I have been in a strange restrained state , a kind of internal stasis, unable to move . I have been considering the strange conflict that exists between my love of nature and the landscape and the collision with my passion for modern art, minimalism and abstraction.
Working on the Project I have a constant tussle between capturing the tree, hill, sky and the intrinsic beauty before me and the unsettling emotion that whispers "but" in my ear.
I know that the land holds messages for us and that the standing stones and ley lines are seeped in energy and vibrations that we cannot see but sometimes sense . The ancients aligned the sacred sites in harmony with the planets, the seasons , the sun and moon. Were they receiving and sending messages ?
Browsing through Derek Jarman's "Modern Nature" he recounts writing his journal while gazing on Dungeness Beach .He was listening to Brian Eno's "Music for Film"an album I play regularly.
Checking out my Eno box set I was heartened by something written by Daniel Lanois when asked about inspiration.
"the railway tracks ,the hydro lines, the paths that cut through the forest to accommodate power cables. You'll be in the wilderness when suddenly you come across this open space". He goes on "taking a boat on a calm lake with factory smokestacks blasting out in the distance.....industrial, but people images'.
Almost like Stanton Moor. I realised that I had forgotton the mast that reaches into the sky sending and receiving messages along side the standing stones .Ancient and Modern side by side filling our air with unseen power lines of energy and vibration.
Brian Eno writes "Seeing the night-time campfires of Saharan Nomads from high above the earth. looking back to a little blue planet drifting alone in space, looking out into the endless darkness beyond.
The WEBS stretch out in all directions connecting unknown to unknown".

That helps me make a connection and calms the conflict.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

check this out folks

My "Low Horizons" tumblr blog

more Moor

Wandering the Moor in any weather is fascinating. So many paths, hidden glades and undiscovered corners. I became annoyed with myself because whenever I began a new work for the project I always ended up with a horizon , some trees and a path into the distance ! I think I need some therapy....
Wandering up on top of the world today and musing over the mystery of the stones and the wonder of the view on all sides , touching the earth I realise -this is therapy enough for me.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Taking Shape

Best T.V. EVER

"I'm not lost I just don't know where I am" Bernard to Chris when he arrives in Cicely, Alaska.
Northern Exposure Series 1 "Aurora Borealis".