Update after some time away. Quite an eventful year and not bad on most fronts, many of my paintings are now hanging in various houses around Europe for which I am most flattered. Thank you all who are kind enough to like my works. I am still painting as well as planning the alterations to our new house, so life is somewhat busy.


Well the last exhibition went off quite well and the red sold stickers have reduced my stock somewhat. Now the real test…….an expo in my home town! I have been painting at all hours, mainly because sheer panic has reduced my sleeping habits to a shredded mess. Opening night is 7th August 2017 and the vernisage is 9th August 18hr. See you there.

Moment of truth.

After filling up the house with my paintings the moment I have been secretly dreading has arrived. I am going to have an exhibition.Perros-guirec A4 invitePerros-guirec flyer 2

So now all those nice words of praise from people I know will have to compare with the harsh reality of what the world in general think of my  efforts. I am taking my own stock of wine to help me through it. Wish me luck.

Clearing the mind.

I have taken some time off to clear the mind a bit and have undertaken a round of writing reviews of other peoples works. It is a very stimulating exercise which I recommend if you have never tried it. I wonder sometimes how some people can live with the obvious despair they must have in their hearts, I could never bring myself to construct some of the bleak stories I have read. Where, I wonder, has all the reckless joy of living gone? Well that aside, I have to say there are some very good writers out there and it is a great pity that in this world of mass publishing opportunities the vast majority will just never get selected to be read from among the myriad of works offered for sale. So I do my little bit to help, reviews being the life blood of book publishing in this age.

Another of my zen like activities has been to catch up with my painting, which I have sadly neglected these last few years. A dear friend is lucky enough to have wonderfully luminous studio in a village close by and I have the good fortune to be able to go there whenever I want to dabble away. I have been sloshing of a goodly amount of the jolly old acrylic and am showing signs of getting back a bit of the old skills. I find that some maturity, in the chronological meaning of the word, not the character development you understand, has given me a greater interest in the human form and movement. Principally that of the female, I will admit. This is another exercise I recommend for clearing some of the accumulated rubbish from the cranium, the sheer frustration of trying to express yourself on canvas leaves no room for useless regurgitation of unresolved problems.

I am in danger of sitting cross legged and humming in a monotone with my finger tips pressed together. Excepting the knee joints will no longer allow such stupidity.

Guess what I find I am writing again as well, how will I fit it all in?

girl dancer white 3-2Misty morning on the river CherdancerSwanlakeRed dress Jan2016

Catastrophic attack provokes backlashes.

When secret agent Arlo is subjected to a gratuitous attack from an unscrupulous well-known thug his career is thrown into question having sustained injuries in an non operational encounter. Whilst his self-confidence is severely damaged, to the extent he seriously considers withdrawing from the secrat service, his fellow agents plan a revenge on his adversary. In a series of claw biting actions they execute a coordinated action to inflict retribution and humiliation on the dastardly animal. This is a tail gripping story that makes the fur stand on end and finishes in a suitably crushing, fur flying…..but I will not spoil it for you. You must read this book.
<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/24580550-douglas-wallis”>View all my reviews</a>