” ” #6 From C.G Jung’s ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’

“Trees in particular were mysterious and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason...

Dead Rat

Death of a rat

Dead Rat by Mervyn Peake Were I a farmer I would call you vermin Because you’d be the villain of...


Composing space

The following, is adapted from pages of a book written by my grandfather, Adrian Ryan – ‘Still Life Painting Techniques’...


” ” #5 Every thing must have a beginning

Illustrator: unknown “Every thing must have a beginning, to speak in Sanchean phrase; and that beginning must be linked to...


Colour lovers of the world unite and take over

  Have a look at this amazing list of colours at Wikipedia, and the tantalizing names that have been found...



As I paint I am often struck by the changing life of the palette and feel both exhilarated and aggrieved...


The Dream files #1

I’m in an art workshop doing INSET training with several other lecturers. It’s a gloomy day – there isn’t enough...


Walls of Isola Bella

Isola Bella, a small island on Lago Maggiore, Italy, was once a fishing village before being taken over by count...


” ” #4 Each a part of each other

“The knowledge of our differences and separateness is clarified and strengthened by the knowledge, held at the same time, of...


Caryatid (after Modigliani)

I did this study on paper of Caryatid by Modigliani when I was 16 or 17 and then it lived...


Joy rider

Tree and car in an unhappy meeting.


” ” #3 Fruits … like having their portrait painted

…”Fruits … like having their portrait painted. They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading. Their thought...


” ” #2 The heart has a yearning

“The heart has a yearning for the unknown, a longing to penetrate the deep shadow and the winding glade, where,...


” ” #1 Originality

” ‘Originality’ is the unsought and unnoticed product of a gifted artist’s successful attempt to be honest and truthful and...



When I was young I loved to climb and play in trees. On finding a comfortable branch I would rest...


Daybreak at Ely Station