Cafe Corner Victoria Quarter Leeds

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Blog Post No 152

This location is now part of the area know as the Victoria Quarter in the centre of Leeds. It includes County Arcade ( a painting of which l also created many years ago ) Cross Arcade, and this arcade which is a roofed over Queen Victoria Street.

I am aware of the time since my last Blog, but a great deal of time has been taken up with the total reorganisation of my website with help of my new web designer and efforts to create a sales situation involving rather complicated ( to me ) with a printing and despatch organisation. This is ongoing and which I shall come back to as soon we get this set up. It will still take a little time.

Mike my designer and much more has now given me the know how to have published my first entry on Facebook and this will eventually be the norm but with contact with these blogs for information and comment. I have also with help from Mike to joined two Leeds historical groups which have been showing some very interesting material.

If there is anyone out there who has not given up on my blogs, please keep faith as it should shortly start to become mote interesting.

Please keep on STAYING SAFE


Boating at Peasholm Park, Scarborough

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Blog Post no.151

This is now a historic situation.  The boathouse, presumably standing since the 1920s, was sinking.  This has now been replaced, together with rowing boats and canoes.  Dragon pedaloes now rule the waters.

On this occasion, a rather more complex construction was envisaged before I took the first of three photos, all from the same spot over time.  All these required to create this painting.

I asked my wife Rose to sit alongside the couple already on the bench and waited until the rowing boat arrived at the position I required.  A few days later I returned to the same spot to capture the moored rowing boats.  I would have preferred the canoes but you can’t win them all.

At the times when the above pictures had been taken, the pagoda had been hidden by trees.  Months later, when ice was covering the lake and the trees had shed their leaves, I returned and took the final photo required.

To create the picture took an amalgam of all photos.  I had to reduce the height of the trees to enable me to create more of the top of the pagoda.


Stay safe


Woodhouse Lane and University Leeds circa1930’s

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Blog Post No One Hundred and Fifty ! ! ! A miracle.

All my Leeds images were researched and created between the 1970’s and the early 2000’s whilst still living in Leeds.

Here we have Woodhouse Lane leading up to the University. Trams would then proceed through Hyde Park Corner, Headingley, up the hill to West Park and on to the terminus at Lawnswood.

Compositionally there are a corner church spire and university tower dominating the left, the main focus the tram slightly off centre, with the buildings and tree enclosing the right of the scenario.

Very likely the Lance Corporal tram ( one of only three in the fleet ) would be a replacement by me from the original tram in the photo I used.

Adding to the interest, possibly a Ford Prefect car and a Standard Vanguard approach on the right, whilst a Morris Ten with it’s distinctive wheel feature on the boot lid follows the Leeds Corporation bus probably on it’s way to Cookridge.

In 1949 I could have got off this tram at it’s previous stop when visiting my grandparents on a Friday afternoon.

Much has been happening recently. Mike Hutchinson and I have been spending many hours in collaboration creating the new website and eventually a sales situation.

I know that some of you have been trying to contact me and it is with great regret that due to my inability to understand digital and access messages I have been totally frustrated. Indeed my machine has actually told me that I need an app to access. This has been totally untrue as Mike has stepped into the breach, found some and replied on my behalf. Working together, Mike is to be my “ Social Media Manager “, intercepting and responding to your messages.

At 83 I am like an old dog trying to learn too many new tricks,and I’m quite simply out of my comfort zone so I hope you will understand that this is the best solution that we can can come up with. If you have messaged me in the past and received no answer, please try again.

This hopefully will enable me to start painting again, as I have only managed one quite complex painting in the five years since my stage 4 cancer.

Stay Safe


Market Day Malton North Yorkshire

On a busy fine day looking north bounded by the church.

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Blog Post no 149 on 10 / 06 / 2021

Hi hope there is still someone out there. This is the first Blog from the “ Lone Ranger “ alias Pete Lapish. See my completely rewritten Home Page on my new website. WELCOME.

Another apology for the long delay from the last Blog. The reason – the amount of time I and Mike Hutchinson my new web designer together have been putting in to recreate the website.

With much more work than just reorganising images into Many Locations and Subjects, each with up to twenty paintings, these are now much more easily found to be perused.

Having continued to learn so much in the past few months, I shall continue in future Blogs to try to tell you as briefly as possible about the shown painting and how we are, or how we are not progressing.

Mike is somehow going to LINK the website with an entry on Facebook ! !

I hope to continue shortly with my Blog No ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY.



Small Part Briggate Leeds Circa 1930

This image from a much larger pen and ink picture was my first created for publication. Prompted by a friend who worked for a printer, but they only produced in black and white, or as in this case sepia. From the first there are many people in it and it took far too long to create. Dated 1981.

Blog No 148.

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Regret the long delay since Blog 147, much work done behind the scenes to add Locations and Subjects to the website by myself and my new web designer Mike. It is envisaged that the site will move mainly onto Facebook when I am shown how to do this, for at the moment I find this difficult to navigate, my digital skills being very limited.

There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel after a few health problems and a quickening of pace in the future as there is always so much to think about and to do. As I say to many people “ Don’t get OLD “ it’s not worth it and causes so many problems. Nobody takes any notice ! !

Let’s hope that with the lengthening of the days and easing of the lockdown there will be some normality returning to our lives and some pleasure. It will be nice to feel a bit less tired !

Next Blog I shall get back to more positive note and give more information about how things are going to look after I see what Mike has produced. The whole idea is to disentangle the present site and re- present it in a more coherent form without all my writings, but still retain what has been already done.

Best wishes to all


York Shambles with Visitors C2014

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Blog Post No 147

One of my very infrequent posts at the moment ! Big changes are afoot for which I am spending many hours doing my part in the eventual reorganisation of the presentation of the site. As I am not the mastermind behind exactly how it will look this is all that I can say to you at the moment.

I must apologise to everyone who has contacted me and to whom I have not replied it is because despite trying repeatedly to find your messages l am unable to “ bring them up “. And I find the system impossible to navigate, deal with and respond to. Hopefully the CAVALRY in the guise of my new web designer will soon arrive and sort out my difficulties.

This painting as so many of my others contain some or many people and continues the theme of placing them in a scenario to give life, focussing points and scale. In addition in this scene I have used the image of a child to point at some element of a building which is being passed. This might encourage viewers to take a little time in examining the architectural content contained in this ancient street scene. and possibly using more building situations in drawing and paintings.



Why have PEOPLE in paintings Luddenden

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Blog post No 146

I regret being absent for some time due to much activity ‘ behind the scenes ‘ . Reasons for my absence and inability to publish will be explained in ongoing Blogs.

Now to business ! This Blog follows on from my short series of ‘ How to draw people ‘ . This painting amongst many of my others illustrates the very useful way a figure or figures can play a key role in the scenario.

1 People ADD LIFE to the painting.

2 People can give a FOCAL point or points.

3 People bring SCALE to the surroundings.

4 It gives an OPPORTUNITY to add that often essential touch of colour ie RED that I often use to draw attention to that vital FOCAL point.

COMPOSITION still always the PRIORITY first before starting to draw up.

I have chosen this scenario of Luddenden in the Calder Valley rather than a tree lined lane to illustrate that in our long gone travelling and walking days we visited and I painted ‘ off beat ‘ as well as ‘ high profile ‘ situations. Also to illustrate various points listed above, much drawing to practice here !

Also in Aug 1840 Branwell Bronte was firstly an assistant clerk at Sowerby Bridge station on the Manchester and Leeds Railway before being promoted in Apl 1841 to Booking Clerk at Luddenden Foot station.

See everyone again soon



Some figures to draw – Cartoons

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Blog Post No 145

In these cold dark days of January 2021 with Covid 19 stalking the world, I thought that something more light hearted might be more suitable. To take minds off present problems if only for a short while, draw these cartoon figures. They were selected most probably whilst I was in my teens or twenties from scenarios created almost certainly by that brilliant cartoonist GILES.

I have just found them whilst again trawling masses of papers kept during several house moves. They have not seen the light of day for decades, nor ever been seen by anyone but myself.

If you have slogged your way through my last three blogs drawing manikins, then you should have by now a good idea about how to go about drawing these images. Whether you have or have not done this, have a go. Then colour them in !

A reminder. 1 Draw arms and body down to the waist or below. 2 Finish skirts or dress. 3 Next legs and feet. 4 Adjust if that is necessary. 5 LASTLY place on the HEAD. 6 If it has not worked out, give it another try, trying to think about what went wrong and how to correct it this time. 7 Relax an enjoy.

It doesn’t matter what you draw with or what you draw on. As you will have already seen mine were on a cheap loose leaf pad !



The Sequence to Draw the Manikin

Blog Post No 144

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I regret the long delay since the last blog, but my ability to PUBLISH disappeared several weeks ago and has only just been reestablished.

My many thanks to everyone of the 4500 and counting people from 17 countries who have logged into my website following my feature in the November 2020 issue of the Dalesman magazine.

Right now down to business. In these covid times particularly, my hope is that any information I give will help to improve skills and meaningfully occupy time.

Here is the front view of a smaller manikin in action. I NEVER try to tell viewers what to do, only suggest. If you try a different way, why not ? And You have the information from the previous TWO manikins to use as you draw and / or check when the figure is completed.

Draw lightly with as much rubbing out and adjustment as is necessary.

As you draw use the spational, directional and relational information to help proportion the body shape. Use a ruler if you think necessary.

If you don’t get it right first time, try again.

Best of luck.

NEXT time Blog No 145, we will be drawing figures from my paintings on the website. Now that you have the basics it will be much easier, and I shall be going through the process with you. We shall not be using all the ‘ scaffolding ‘ we have used so far.




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Blog Post No 143

This is the same image as Blog No 142 but with additions and amendments. Before we consider the MANIKIN l need to say a few words. I do not want you to be put off by thinking that this how we will continue to draw but we have to START somewhere.

STARTING something is always the hardest task. This MANIKIN with the information on it is a REFERENCE TOOL to REFER back to when we START ‘ PROPER DRAWING ‘ in Blog No 145. This manikin will give you the MEANS to DECIDE if any figure you are DRAWING is CORRECTLY PROPORTIONED.

Why did I ask you to draw the manikin last time without giving instructions ? It is because it can be useful for you to EXPLORE the situation for yourselves to see what you make of it. Good, Bad or indifferent. If you found it difficult, don’t despair, here are some guide lines to help you have another go, and NEXT Blog No 144 I shall run you through the SEQUENCE of DRAWING when it will become more clear. But by then you will have become familiar with the MANIKIN.

Well we start with the HEIGHT. The HEAD is ONE SEVENTHof the height.

If it helps draw a ‘ BOX ‘ 6 centimetres’ ( cm ) by 14 cm into which the manikin will fit.

Divide the height of the ‘ box ‘ into seven equal sections each 2 cm.

The width across the shoulder is about 3 cm.

START drawing at the SHOULDER and work DOWN.



Rub out and correct if necessary.

Now you can relax and ENJOY the moment if you have got anywhere near. If not RELAX anyway and we will go through the process in Blog No 144. At least hopefully it has been an enjoyable experience and it should get better.

Be careful, the VIRUS is on the MARCH, so



Drawing the MANIKIN

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Blog Post No 142

This image is totally different from anything seen before. It was drawn to help illustrate the penultimate session of the library group where of course I was able to talk about how the session was to progress whereas now I can only write. I had purchased several manikins to use by the group whereas now it is a different situation.

SO Drawing PEOPLE is not that difficult if broken down into sections.

Remember, I am TOTALLY SELF TAUGHT so you might find that my way of showing you how in the FOLLOWING Blogs it is different from the methods of other people. BUT IT WORKS.

Regrettably I have only limited space to give information. There will be a progression.

Now if you wish and without giving you any ideas at this stage try to draw the manikin as seen above. However I have put some markings on the figure which may give you some thoughts. If you are not satisfied with your first attempt try and think where you went wrong and have another go.

Try to remember ( make notes if you want ) where you started to draw and why, how you progressed, what you found easy and what is found difficult.

I suggest pencils hb, b, or 2b, use of a rubber and about A4 size paper or card of any sort.

With my next Blog will explain how I start and why. On that and following Blogs my approach will be to present ideas and ways of doing things, leaving you to explore possibilities and your own avenues of exploration.

DON’T throw away your results as we may return to look at these.

Including PEOPLE in your pictures gives a whole new avenue as to what you can do. Best of luck. Next Blog soon.



Butchers Shambles York C 1900

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Blog Post No 141

The response to the feature in the November issue of the Dalesman has resulted in clicks onto my website in thousands. I welcome all new viewers of my work and hope that you and all the ‘old regulars’ liked all that you saw and read. In forthcoming blogs I shall amplify various aspects of the writing there.

I am writing this on the day that the Prime Minister is announcing another countrywide lockdown, but am reminded that some areas have already been experiencing something similar for some time.

Here we go again ! But this time in the winter months ! So more time inside with time to fill.

Spending time meaningfully is one way of getting us through. And ART, DRAWING, PAINTING and anything productive can lead to a more satisfying and meaningful way of using time.

You might wonder why I have headed this Blog with the Butchers Shambles York ? True I could have used many more of my paintings. It is because there are PEOPLE in it. Without the people there could be NO painting. This is probably why the Editor of the DALESMAN has entitled the the feature ‘ THE PEOPLE’S PAINTER’.

Have you noticed how few PEOPLE are included in paintings ?

Therefore it may not seem so odd that my return to assisting anyone who wants to travel with me in following blogs is to gradually help you to draw PEOPLE.

Making a fist of that will bring confidence. Will lead into more interesting COMPOSITIONS. And bring those pictures to life.

Please keep on logging into my Blogs and let us see where we can get to ! ! ! It’s FREE.



The River Wharfe below Kettlewell ( 2 )

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Blog Post No 140

This again just to show that my photos are not just reproduced as a very recognisable lifelike image, this being in the Fauvist style.

I am extremely aware of our changing situations due to the increasing rate of COVID advance. In following Blogs I intend to return to my initial intentions of trying to give more inspiration and advice together with a mix of different paintings and images.

We all need ‘ things ‘ to do and concentrate upon whilst our movements are restricted due to impositions imposed upon us. Organising these Blogs and now further exercising my brain with verse gives me satisfaction and helps me forget for a while other pressing matters, whilst hopefully spreading ideas. So:—

Strange may you all have thought

My notice in that previous Blog have made

But with full support

Of the DALESMAN editor, Jon

There was no wish to interfere

With October,s issue of that month

Which perhaps you may have bought !

Therefore I again announce

That in this year’s NOVEMBER’s issue

Of the DALESMAN myself regarde

May a FOUR page FEATURE now astounde.

Written by a journalist, now a friend

SEVEN paintings include and also append

A photo of myself, wife Rose

And Pip our dog so many years ago.

With full walking gear we goes

With leggings, socks, boots, ( not the dog )

At that time when we could walk, not now

All those years ago.



Re my Feature in the DALESMAN November 2020

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Blog Post No 139

It is my pleasure to inform viewers that I have a feature in the November 2020 issue of the DALESMAN magazine. It was agreed with the editor that I would not publicise this until mid October.

The article has not been written by myself, but by Dr Andrew Liddle, a prolific author, and freelance journalist of forty years standing. This arising from a long chat in my garden ( respecting social distancing ) following a request for an interview.

This covers FOUR pages and includes SEVEN of my paintings ( NOT the one heading this page ). These range from the Coast to the Dales. Plus a a photo of myself, my wife Rose and our collie which we then had, taken in the Dales by a friend. The dog seemed to love having his photo taken as you can probably tell ! We were in walking attire ( not the dog ), which indicates that we did in fact often walk many miles taking photographs along the way, some of which I subsequently turned into paintings.

If you cannot obtain a a copy of the DALESMAN locally, you can phone them direct for a single copy of the magazine on 01756 701033 or

email subscriptions@

If you purchase please




Footbridge and Stepping Stones Bolton Abbey Wharfedale

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Blog Post No 138

Hard by the Abbey

And the River Wharfe

To cross this water

You do but have a choice.

Most people choose

Surprise, the easy way

That is

Across this long pedestrian bridge.

Those who like adventure

Take yet another chance

Needing a good balance

Choose those slippery stepping stones.

What about this painting

Not my usual stance

By using much more water

Just try it now

And take a proven chance ! ! !

A NOTICE from me ( Pete )

Nothing to do with this painting

By the middle of this month

October two thousand and twenty

Please log again this website

When I am fully authorised

( But not before )

To EXPLAIN a forthcoming event ? ? ?

With the upsurge of U NO WHAT

Please take extra care



( You will get the explanation within SEVEN days )

The Christmas Mail Coach

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Blog Post No 137

Too many years and a day

Whilst in Headingley far away

On the grapevine did I hear, shall we say

A stagecoach arriving in Malton one day

And to bring

Spectacle, happiness, wrapped up with string.

What a scoop for a painter like me

To get there on time and wanting to see

How it was to be travelling in that old fashioned way

By stately coach and rich apparel

Either outside or in

And hand down that trunk he said with a grin.

Was it worth early start to get there on time

To take many photos and enjoy in that place

The horses, that stagecoach,those people

All dressed

In costumes,the richness of colours, all there to see

Then homewards with memris, and photos, oh lucky me.

Briggate ( Boots ) Leeds C 1910 Summer

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Blog Post No 136

A WINTER ( snow ) scene has been painted and based

In this well known location and latterly placed

In this long series and now to be seen.

At Blog Number seventy one which still can be traced

Found, and compared with

This SUMMER companion, time gone it has been.

You say it’s the same scene

But what else has it got

Location’s the same

But the TIME it is not

Just look at the TRAMS for you to discover

Some open to Weather, other Top Cover.

Boots in the heat of the SUMMER sunshine

Grows large it’s many sprouting sunblinds

Boots in the cold WINTER weather with snow

Sports winter treasures for you only to know

You see for yourself what this artist can do

To these scenes made up and portrayed only for you.

COVID 19 is at it again

So be extra careful

And all the time

Keep in mind STAY SAFE


Middleham Castle North Yorkshire

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Blog Post No 135

This is a scene 

Not seen

Unless like me

You want to see

The castle in it’s entiretee.

So why you say

Do we walk up this way

Is this a better view

Perhaps it is, perhaps not, with a sigh

If it fits the view came that reply.

All the while I’m thinking

Of the painting one day I’ll be painting

Comprising those verticals, more horizontals

And eventually, as I get the right view

This contains the diagonal too.



Cottage Thornton le Dale North Yorkshire

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Blog Post no 134

This cottage must be the one

Most admired and required to film and paint

But for where and for why is this so

This pretty corner seems to us so very quaint.

So why did I

So many moons ago

Do that very little thing

Others have done, some fast, some slow.

Why cry I

Who has not the right to paint

A house so cool with water near

Of things to him so very dear.

So with paint, and brush in hand

Set forth he to modify

That image digitally enshrined

That image on paper to solidify :-

But NOT as others have DONE BEFORE.



Rough Sea North Bay Scarborough

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Blog Post No 133

Scarborough has two bays

Not everyone knows about that

There is a big difference between them

And not everyone knows about that

It’s the castle that sits in between them.

The North Bay has the weather

The wind that comes from the North

It ruffles the sea

Causes waves that break free

And crashes them onto the shore.

The South Bay has entertainment

The North has more sedatement

But both share a link

By the surfers that think

That both Bays give them excitement.



Portinscale Derwentwater Cumbria

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Blog Post No 132

Derwentwater has many a bay

With headlands around to see

What lies beyond, what delights will be

Where yachts can gather and stay.

Portinscale we had to find

By hook and by crook we had to see

Eventually in my boat you’ll agree

Round the reeds and there it will be.

Beyond the lake’s outlet running free

The lake’s water escaping to be

A new river flowing to the sea

Was the harbour of Portinscale ahead of me.

In the 1990’s we stayed many times at the Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club site situate on the shores of Derwentwater. This was only a short distance from Portinscale BY WATER not by land.

We stayed there so often I purchased a boat, a Tinker Tramp, with mast, sail, oars, keel, rudder etc. I was a hopeless sailor, but good with the oars.

Pip, our collie loved it so much he couldn’t wait to scramble in when we put it in the water. His position was in the bow. It was fitting that we promoted him to be captain ! !

The verse tells how we got to Portinscale and it’s small harbour.

This image from the land side.

Yet again STAY SAFE


Low Petergate York C1900

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Blog Post No 131

Here’s a little doodle I did

Some thirty years ago

To give an impression of

That time of life in York when

Even the pace was slow.

Then like paintings I used to do

Some thirty years gone cold

Those so interesting buildings


To come from sources old.

But inspiration taken from

How buildings do look now

A personal visit to be made

To take from what those buildings are

What they might, only might have been.

And then the scene on that same street

Where all manner of folk might meet

A completely different sight might be

Created from scratch by me in place

Of what originally there was to see.

With appreciation to that unknown photographer who took that original excellent image which I so modified.



Rock Pooling South Bay Scarborough

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Blog Post No 130

What a lovely clear day

For rock pooling

Just look at the way

Pete’s created the bay

With the colours and textures he’s using.

What makes you think he likes Monet

Pete just gives it away

He’s just trying to say

In paint

It all works like a sonnet.

Just look at the way

Pete leads you to the rock pool

Where the people play

And stay with their dog

Enjoying their day rock pooling.



Multimusician A college Painting

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Blog Post No 129

T’was at college in sixty six

To become a teacher I did mix

Of various subjects in our course

And strangely enough as well and because

In that mix I chose that ART

And Multimusician was in that part.

Left on my own

To do as I pleased

Perhaps Picasso I had spied

Or then again Paul Klee I owed

To inspire this modern mode.

Whatever it was

I got on with the job

To create this wondrous noveltee

And look as if I always knew

Just how I was going too

Complete this inventive celebritee.

It’s all change yet again

This COVID 19 isn’t finished yet

So please



Hardraw Force Wensleydale (again)

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Now that I am enjoying creating verse, I intend to blog various images again with this method of communication. Don’t think that I have run out of more images to post. That is far from the case. I shall leave on the original posting, in this case No 61. I hope that you will excuse and enjoy my new way of doing things.

This waterfall 

In cleft so small

Is entered magic through

A pub

To surprise of all.

You pays your fee

Gives chance to see

Gets to where we gaze at last

This gap caused by waters past

Now for you to see.

And here the travelled waters plunge

To crash into the pool at last

To look upon them from on high

Are serrated cliffs from which flowed

Many waters from that distant past.

And here we see

Rose posing to create

That focal point which we need

And give scale to those cliffs

Which still frown down upon that leap.

I shall be back shortly with new images

Especially now



Occasional Photo to Head my Verse

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Blog Post no 127

Taken at York station some time ago from the footbridge. Composition not too bad but doubt if I shall ever get round to painting it.

This a comment on my VERSES.

My verses may sometimes be naff

Though I try to create my own style

It’s got to be snappy

To make me more happy

Should my verses give you a laugh.

My verses may not always rhyme

But try as I will all the time

You may try to improve it

I’ll always approve it

And the pleasure will always be mine.

Give it a try

Write your own verse

It’s fun and helps your mind.

I never ever imagined

That I would ever do it

Let alone have the nerve to PUBLISH it !!!

Have fun

And ever now



Hacking down a country Track

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Blog Post No 126

My usual image this is not

But finding this

It makes a change

To show it off for those who are

Into off road hacking.

How wonderful it must be

A leafy track but with bare tree

Ride along with friend astride

Your other very horsy friend

Your very own pony.



Time for a Chat Thorpe Yorkshire Dales

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Blog Post No 125

Pete’s on about that ‘thing’ again


It’s everywhere

It’s here, it’s there, and there again

Always that dratted ‘ thing’

So why can’t I see it from here?

Then where shall I seek

Shall I move and just peek

Shall I change the spot I’m in

Shall I just turn around

And then make a guess

And find it somewhere around!



A Shadow Strewn Road in Saddleworth

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Blog Post No 124

From the train at Greenfield

Our boots took over the job

Of getting us to Dovestones

Along this tree shadowed road.

‘Twas’long ago this journey

With Autumn tones of gold

We put our best foot forward

Along this tree shadowed road.

At last we got to Dovestones

The valley of water to see

And it was worth the journey

Along this long shadowed road.

I am now in my eighties

With memory not so strong

But I think this was the journey

Our boots so took us along.



Lady Hill Wensleydale North Yorkshire

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Blog Post No 123

And now a break from 

Sea and sand

To those Dales on Yorkshire’s crest

Where in that Dale where we could

Rest, be still

And look upon that Lady Hill

Oh what a wondrous place

To be

In the bosom of that Dale

Surrounded by those hugging hills

Historic treasures all around

For those who look they can be found.

The trees that sit upon that hill

Those pines majestic in their way

To those returning from their stay


From this lovely valley say

It,s good to see that Lady Hill.



Break Water and a Wind Breaks

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Blog Post No 122

A balmy day

Sun sea and sand

A day to have a break


Settle down behind

The wind break.

With time to spare

And we could share

Upon that Sandsend’s sandy shore

A break

Against that wooden waters break

That time and tide did damage make.

And oh those colours Pete

Did make

To give those people there

To take

Refreshment in that sun and sand

And send them home in happy state.

New orders

Face masks wear



St Ann’s Staith Whitby C 1880’s

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Blog Post No 121

Please note that permission was granted by the Sutcliffe Gallery in Flowergate Whitby for me to create this painting. And I always purchase the specific photograph from the gallery, also making alterations from the original in my usual procedures.

In those days

So long gone by

Mainly in

And around old Whitby town

A photographer brilliant in his craft

Worked his magic with eagle eye.

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe

Was his name

Who with tripod

And camera large

Made stunning pictures ever new

By the harbour and from the cliff.

And then process those glass negs

A job

In itself perfection made

By that man with eagle eye

Photos that are ever still




Canal or River Head Driffield

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Blog Post No120

I don’t always paint the obvious

My attention is something it grabs

And thereby leaves an impression

That provokes me when I reach my home.

It’s always the look of the water

With reflections and ripples there on

Retaining some of the structures

That add interest also there on.

It’s a pity that life has gone from it

Canal boats call never again

But beauty still resides here

Bringing peace and tranquility now.




Bird Watchers on Bempton Cliffs Yorkshire Coast

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Blog Post No 119.

Now it’s back to the ‘ day job ‘. Rose, my wife is an enthusiastic Bird Watcher and has found for me in the R S P B handbook of British Birds those which ‘nest ‘ on Bempton Cliffs. So :- As the verses I wrote in Blog No 113 the first two verses following were written between midnight and one o’ clock this morning, but now I can’t remember the start of verse three which came to me shortly after and I did not write down ! ! !

From far and wide they come

A glimpse to catch

Of those many aerial flights

The one that all their interests match

Holding binoculars here to watch

Those that nest upon these heights.

Bird watchers many stay

For hours to spot that very one

They hope will turn up

And hopefully may

Feed their offspring while the sun

Shines upon their perfect day.

Here are those far ranging Aerial Wanderers

Those cliffs that rise

To entice

Gannet, Fulmar, Kittiwake

On effortless glide

With Guillemot, Puffin and Razorbill

To rest, nest and multiply.



My Difficult CANCER to diagnose ( Continued )

Please read Blog No 117 before this.

Blog Post No 118

So what did those clever diagnosticians eventually discover? I shall not be too specific regarding the results.

It showed a ( blood cancer ), a lymphoma with multiple areas of bone involvement at stage 4. ( Not good ). Being shown the X rays of my P E T scan, the extent of the cancer was seen as numerous black marks superimposed upon the outline of my skeleton. And there would have been other tests ( blood tests etc ) at the same time.

I was then immediately introduced to my cancer specialist who explained my future treatment ( chemotherapy ). She also gave me confidence that I had a good percentage chance of recovery.

Throughout my first six chemo’s, mostly at Scarborough hospital, and the special extra strong one administered over five nights in York hospital, this to clear any cancer in my head, I remained as positive as possible. Whenever it was expedient and I felt well enough, having a chat and a laugh with doctors, nurses, patients and any other staff was good for us all as it lifts the spirits. They were all fantastic and I would not be here now without their ministrations.

And then not to forget my wife who had to plan for each day, visiting, plus the strain and stress of looking after me during long periods between chemo’s whilst at home. At these times I was often not able to do much for myself. On top of that there was the complication of administering the large bag of pills and potions which accompanied me home after each chemo session. These had to be administered at specific times of the day so a plan had to be drawn out.

The treatments succeeded and I am still here to tell the tale, thanks toe everyone connected to our N H S, and the aftercare by my doctors and nurses at my surgery. And to my Macmillan nurse.

So to sum up, anyone ‘out there’ who feels that they have a real problem, DON’T DELAY, go and get it checked out, and if necessary, more than once.




My Difficult CANCER to diagnose

Blog Post No 117

I have been thinking about writing about this for some time. Talking to my friends, they all think that I should.

If it should help to save ONE LIFE it will be worth it.

In apparent denial of Health Services to Cancer and Possible Cancer patients during the Corvid 19 epidemic I am prompted to tell you about my DIFfICULT to Diagnose CANCER. This to prompt any one who feels that they could have a problem to check it out URGENTLY.

I shall make the telling as short as possible.

I did NOT have a lump or a bump. I had a PAIN in my LEG. To be correct I had a PAIN in my LEFT THIGH.

It started mildly during the summer 2015. Several consultations during the following four months all agreed that it was SCIATICA. Then at the end of October, the pain which had steadily been increasing ‘ fell off a cliff ‘ and became excruciating.

Sent into hospital as an emergency inpatient, an MRI scan indicated a problem. In early November a BIG operation gave me a replacement hip and a replacement for the thigh bone.

Much later the ‘ chief ‘ surgeon told me that I had become a ‘ celebrity ‘ by the scope of the surgery. I can assure you that there are much better ways of becoming a celebrity !

Then the hospital had to find out what kind of cancer I had. I well remember one of the doctors on his rounds, coming over to my bed to say to me ‘ We WILL find out what is wrong with you ‘.

I feel that is enough for one day. I shall continue in Blog No 118



Black 5 departing Haworth K W V R

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C 1980’s Living in Leeds at the time it was a straight forward journey to Keighley for a day on the railway ( the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway ) in West Yorkshire. I was a member for a short while, had a line side pass, and was able to access several locations along the line during that day.

This image was taken from the bridge leading to the Main Street and Haworth Parsonage with which many people will be familiar.

The sloping decent to the station on the right is giving more interest to the painting rather than just the train starting off. Many former passengers are still on the platform including a fellow photographer.

The engine, ex L M S and British Rail, has a power, Class 5. It was a mixed traffic locomotive (passenger or freight ). They were very rarely given a name ( except in preservation ) and were always BLACK.

Be vigilant STAY SAFE


Trams over Leeds Bridge C 1930’s

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Blog Post No 115……..Pencil drawing up for one of my tramway reconstructions created C 1970’s. This image shows the route down Lower Briggate and over Leeds Bridge, then coming towards us going south.

It’s time we took up the pencil

To follow the line with the brush

We have ambition to try it

Now’s the time to take up that brush.

Where ever are those flipin paints

I know they are somewhere about

It’s always the last place to look for

But now I can’t do it without.

Then it’s been worth it wherever I’ve looked for

And found where I’d never have thought

Tomorrow’s the day when I use them

Let’s see what my efforts can sort.

But without starting with that pencil

Nothing but now’t would come out.



Canal Boat approaching Saddleworth Viaduct

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Blog Post No 114

Upon this walk we quickly rode

Bus, train, bus to decend

Atop the Pennines from where we strode

Decending again to tunnels end

From there nearly level past lock and mill

Towards our goal of Uppermill.

Presently we are passed

By this canal boat chugging slow

Towards the viaduct appearing vast

Beneath which the narrow boat has to go

Past, yet still

We have to get to Uppermill.



Storm Approaching Langstrothdale

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Blog Post No 113……..This is an indication that the climate in these Pennine locations can bring sudden variations to the weather.

That is all I am saying about this image as we are in the realm of verse, and I wish to leave you with a different but relevant thought

It’s always at the dead of night

That thoughts always impinge

Upon the mind that is not still

Those very thoughts that always will

Give that perfect verse and light

Upon that wondrous image bright

But gone upon the dawn.



Beach Huts Holkham Bay

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Blog Post No 112

Beach huts, beach huts along the strand

Oh so many I cannot say, and

Along the bay

We walk and walk

Along Holkham Bay we walk and talk.

About each hut so finely made

Each to the owner’s highly grade


Painted by the hand

That to each owner looks so grand.

Be really careful of your safety now


Flamborough Head Yorkshire Coast

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Blog Post No 111………Over the past one hundred and fifty images that I have posted, I have written and explained many things. The time has come the walrus said to talk of other things. And for that I have introduced myself to verse.

There is a limit to the way about which I can make those explanations. But they are still there, written down and can still be perused.

And there are are ‘ other things ‘ that I want to express. So from now on, Blog 111 upwards I will continue to post more paintings plus a ‘ bit of this and a bit of that ‘.

These could or should continue to be found to be useful ! !



Oh Pete’s flogging that old horse again

Why can,t he just leave it alone

Compositions baloney

It’s not worth a pony

But my painting’s not working again.


The Unfathomable Beneath the Waves

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I’ve had a metamorphosis

That verse is the way to go

So here’s my second rendition

And yours is the way to know.

Here are the shades of that Miro

Who found the places to go

To find what was his genre

And innovate the flow.

Composition, oh where is that Pete

Focal points not noticeable too

But did I not say along the way

That ART is up to YOU.

Pete Rose and Pip C1990’s

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Well here we are

Or should I say then

Pete (that’s me)

Rose (that’s her)

And EAR’s that always will say ‘when’.

Oh for those legs that went walking

Oh for those years that passed by

But now I will use all those memories

To show where we walked by and by.



Filey Brigg

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Blog Post No 108………Having walked the distance along Filey beach to reach the start of the Brigg, it is quite a long ‘ walk ‘ , part scramble along the base of the cliff to get to this point. Then the base rocks ( the Brigg ) continue out to sea for some distance. There is absolutely no way that I could get there now !

The photo from which this painting is derived was probably taken C 2010. There is considerable distortion with distance. Scarborough, across the bay is much enlarged from reality. However bringing this forward towards us creates a more interesting picture. ( In my opinion ).

The end of the cliff gives a powerful ‘ stop ‘ to the left. And a huge contrast to the slabs of rock constituting the main focus of the image.

This is a typical L shaped COMPOSITION. We just can’t get away from the importance of composition. !

Without the two visitors gazing seawards towards the now not so distant Scarborough, the picture would not be complete. They were actually there, being the two minor verticals which just continue offset to the vertical of the Scarborough castle.



Reflections Wasdale

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Blog Post No 107………..The calmness of the waters on our day of visit gave almost still reflections of both the Screes and the metalware of old fences and gates. These placed as barriers to prevent any livestock passing from one area to another.

All that I can remember of that day is that the starting point was from the caravan site in Ravenglass. That Wasdale was somewhere we had to visit. Images of the Screes had captured our imaginations. Having put in all those miles to be in striking distance we had to ‘ go that extra distance ‘. We were not disappointed.

Having arrived, the next thing was to find a position from which to photograph the Screes, an interesting view with a foreground. We could not have wished for a more tranquil scene. The trees on the left closed off that side, and together with the dark railings with their reflections provided a counterpoint to the lightness of the rest of the painting.

We did spend the rest of the day venturing further up the Dale to enjoy the experience. It can be recommended.

Thanks to everyone continuing to log in. I hope that I am providing material that is found interesting !

There is much more varied ‘ stuff ‘ to come.

Remember to be vigilant and STAY SAFE


Park Row Leeds C1950’s

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Blog Post No 106……..As there are very few Leeds City Tramway views in the past one hundred and fifty postings it seems time for another.

This one is of Park Row just north of City Square. I mention from time to time, I am just as interested in the architecture of the buildings as the vehicular transport.

However I will commence with the trams. Of particular interest is the single deck purple and cream Coronation Car built in 1953. Only two were built with different equipment to assess which was to be the fore runner of a new fleet of trams. They never came to pass ! ! !

Tram number 154 was one of a very successful fleet of four wheel Horsfield Cars with ahead of it an older Chamberlain car. As we always say, wait for a bus or a tram and two will come at once !

On the right hand side inside Lane, a Jowett ( Bradford ) van is making it’s way into town.

Park Row as I remember it was a road made up mainly of banks and insurance type offices.

The space on the left just behind the traffic lights ( which were reputedly the first to function in England ) was the pre war site of the Leeds City Museum, demolished as it had received a direct hit from a Second World War bomb.

As usual I well people my paintings both on and off the pavements and inside the transport.

It’s good to get out again but Rose and I stay well within our own bubble



Another Dalesway Location by the Wharfe.

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Blog Post No 105……….An early Spring view of the Dalesway alongside the river Wharfe. In this instance I think that this is downstream of Burnsall.

I rather like this COMPOSITION with it’s several elements of interest. So we will have a look at these. The main tree sits just nicely off centre giving it’s stretching presence, whilst the branches of another tree coming in from the left are closing off that side.

The sunlit grassy slope and area are neatly enclosed by the far wall and the poles in various stages of verticality alongside the near river bank, whilst the river itself is enhanced by the dark mass of the trees on the other side.

The bright red of the path slices diagonally across to the grass directing the gaze to the short wall and gate. Behind which the two walkers are approaching the gate to pass through. The conical fir trees give that critical added height.

There appears to be some kind of wooden structure leading into the water making me wonder about it’s past or present purpose.

I always like added interest !

Continue to STAY SAFE


Top Withins and Wuthering Heights

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Blog Post No 104……..In the 1990’s Rose and I did much walking in the South Pennines. Many times we visited the areas in and around Haworth and on rare occasions ventured out west onto the moors beyond Stanbury.

On this occasion I remember that we took the bus to Stanbury and then walked to the location of Top Withins, the shell of which is visible. Certainly as we viewed the farmhouse at the time of our visit, it was a pale shadow of it’s former self. Never the less, an opportunity to imagine although in a different era the lives of Emily Bronte and her sisters.

However from that vantage point looking back east, one certainly obtained an idea of the scale of the moor, although in the past there were several more farm houses scattered over the area.

Coincidences come in many guises. I am not a literary gent. But my wife, Rose reads and explores many things. As I start to write this she then produces a book. Title ‘ The Real WUTHERING HEIGHTS ‘ by Steven Wood and Peter Brears. The Story of the The Withins Farms. There is a preface by Sir Tony Robinson who visited this place on one of his walks, and which we watched on television .This is full of information and many photographs and pictures. I had forgotten that Rose had actually asked me to buy the book for her birthday a couple of years ago !

Coincidence. Peter Brears was in charge of the Leeds City Museum C1990’s and invited me to paint certain buildings of Leeds and purchase other images of the city for a prolonged exhibition of these in the museum. A really nice gent. We got on well.

An interesting part of West Yorkshire along with the Calder valley to visit. Plus there is the vintage railway, the KWVR which also passes through Haworth.



Headingley Cricket Ground C1990’s

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Blog post No103…….Living in Headingley at the time, it occurred to me that I should photograph a cricket match in action to create a painting. Obviously the stand behind the action would be a major part of that image.

This picture taken by me possibly in the 1990’s shows the bowler running in and bringing up his right arm preparatory to delivery. The batsman by his side is ready to see if a run may be possible.

The batsman receiving is just visible behind one of the fielders, accentuated by the running up marks created by bowlers from that end on the grass. Both batsmen are wearing dark red caps.

In hindsight it would have been better if I had taken the photo slightly to the right of where I did. This would have given a complete sighting of the receiving batsman and the field of play. As it was l was probably concentrating too much on getting the bowler in action.

Well it was a long time ago and I might as well make some kind of excuse ! ! !

I used created grass mowing marks to give give recession-to the field of play.

New rules to get your head round……..STAY SAFE


Docks on the River Aire Leeds C1900

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Blog Post No 102 ……….With this image we are delving back into the mists of time as my painting is dated 1982. This was at a time when we had returned to live in Leeds and I was increasingly interested in various aspects of the city as it had been. There was a river, the Aire which ran through Leeds, but for me it was never to be seen, as if it was hiding. In effect, if one lived in the northern part of the city and never had cause to cross the bridges, one did not even know that it existed.

So when I found an image of this location, with all the activity, it seemed too good to be true. As far as I am aware this was taken from Leeds Bridge, with the river barges or lighters, warehouses, dockers and wagons, it is a far cry from what it looks like today.

It was years later when I found ‘ the Dark Arches ‘ with the river flowing underneath the railway station that I realised what was going on ! !

Early days when I was doing this type of work I was applying rough sail canvas onto board with rabbit skin glue. And painting exclusively with oils often using a painting trowel.

Looking at this image after such a time lapse , I am pleased that even at this early stage I was using an interesting range of colour for the distant warehouses.

Keep safe


Poster for Yorkshire Rider Limited

Blog Post No 101 ……Commission for this poster was at the time when Corporation buses were taken over by private enterprise. In turn Yorkshire Rider presumably was taken over or absorbed into progressively larger concerns.

Whether it was my idea or not, the intention was to take an image of different transport vehicles from various locations in the area over a period of time and paint them in detail. Then choose an iconic building associated with the location of each vehicle. This to be represented in an impressionistic style.

Passengers or transport staff then superimposed to give ‘ life ‘ to the poster. Complete with roadside infrastructure.

I cannot take credit for the writing in my heading and tailing as this was completed separately.

Continue to be vigilant and STAY SAFE


Racehorses Returning from the Gallops Middleham

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Blog Post No 100 ……This is the third of four racehorse paintings I have done at Middleham. The images were all photographed a few years ago. At the time I had absolutely no idea where the many stables were situated.

Also from which direction the racehorses would appear, and where I would need to be to photo them in a good location ( composition ). As it happened this one was near to where I was standing, waiting for the sound of approaching hoof beats.

It turned out well, for one could only hope that the horses legs would be in a good position at the moment of digital capture. It was a one shot at a time camera ! No problem with the relaxed jockeys.

When I painted these four images my only equine painting was of the Donkey Ride at the South Bay Scarborough. So it was ‘ suck it and see ‘ time ! ! Fortunately I had a transparent brown, which with modifications gave ( in my opinion ) a fair representation of these magnificent animals. Bringing as much ‘life’ into my work and trying to make people,animals etc look as if they might be moving is what I am about.

Also an authentic ‘ background ‘ sets them in place, giving me the opportunity to paint the buildings, an essential element of the composition.

To create added interest and link the two a horses and jockeys, I created mother and daughter chatting in the background which also gives ‘ scale ‘. Shadows also help ‘ ground ‘ the horses.

Keep Safe


St. Nicholas Cathedral from the Castle Keep, Newcastle

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Blog Post No 99………Another commission from Kingsmead Cards. Specific information when available was always supplied. Additionally most if not all cities and towns with a tramway system have books and or literature detailing tramway workings, usually with black and white photographs. If one is lucky and the systems ran long enough, coloured images might be available to help with tram liveries etc, if they were still current with the time of the picture.

If not, then I had the task of contacting people in, say the Tourist Information Centre for as much help as they might give. With the page headline of an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post of the ‘ Tram Detective ‘ will give an idea of what I often had to do.

My responsibility was to create a winter snow scene with a completely different snow scenario taking place.

In this instance a large empty area as well as the roadway needed my attention. So I also needed to use my imagination to occupy that space with some interesting happenings. With a layer of snow already on the ground it gave me the opportunity to show not only what was going on at the time, but also make up previous movements.

With lockdown now virtually ended please be even more vigilant, and STAY SAFE


Idyllic Coastline at Runswick Bay North East Coast

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Blog Post No 98 ………We have only had day visits to Runswick Bay a couple of times, and those many years ago. Walking along the sea front if I remember correctly in the 1980’s we came across this old world scenario. The location may have changed significantly since then.

I state in my home page that I only started painting again after coming across the works of the Impressionists, and this was my attempt at emulating their style. Even down to the figures, Rose and our then teenage son Andy, ‘ floating ‘ through the herbage, after Monet’s masterpiece.

A simple, mellow scene with just sufficient interest to convey the ambience and give some balance to the painting.

With the relaxation of lockdown we are in uncharted waters. Be vigilant and STAY SAFE


Surfers contemplating sea conditions

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Blog Post No 97 …….Surfers flock to both the North and South Bays Scarborough throughout the year.

There are two aspects of this painting which interest me and give added reasons for it’s inclusion. Firstly the surfers themselves. I include many people into many of my paintings. Whilst they may play key roles in those paintings they are NOT the ONLY subject matter. Here the two surfers are the SOLE subjects.

Just before the Library art group had to close due to the virus, I had introduced a session on drawing people using the drawing of a mannequin and the wooden model itself to help focus attention.

And only this week this topic was discussed at some length during a telephone conversation with a friend. This also included the placement of figures in relation to recession and other matters. I shall include a Blog about figures in due time.

Secondly the WATER. With no reference points to help, the task was to make the water look ‘ realistic ‘ and ‘ liquid ‘. I can’t remember the exact sequence and using acrylics it would likely not matter whether I organised the water before or after undercoating the figures.

Likely I applied one or more thin washes from the top and manipulated a slope as the washes ran down, letting each dry before the next. Then the runs and splashes of ‘ froth ‘ were introduced until I was satisfied. The two figures with their surfboards would then have been completed.

With more freedom, remember to STAY SAFE


Sunlit Walk along the River Wharfe

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Blog Post No 96……….From the days when Rose and I walked many miles in many places, we seem to remember that this image is in the region of Grassington, Wharfedale, North Yorkshire.

For me this is a ‘ happy ‘ picture, sunny early Spring day, trees beginning to break into leaf, and there is, as I like, water, this time in the form of a river.

The broken shadow running across the foreground emphasises the bright yellow / green sward running up the hillside. It”s an uncomplicated COMPOSITION with the characteristics of the terrain needing no explanation.

The river banks give the necessary recession with the waters of the river now running smoothly.

As usual we have a figure in RED walking into the distance. This gives a focal point and scale to the painting.

Now that lock down is easing, be careful, have fun but STAY SAFE


Preparing to Sail Thornham Creek

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Blog Post No 95 ……….I think that this image is from the first time we went to North Norfolk. Our then teen age son was keen on bird watching, so we decided to visit the ‘ bird watching capital of the world ‘ Cley.

However after a long drive we had to find a place to stay the night, and at Thornham we found a lovely reception at a B and B.

For the remains of the day we explored the Creek, which was a revelation to us and a complete contrast to Yorkshire. It was the first time we had experienced boardwalks needed to cross the tidal flats with supported stakes giving ninety degree angles to the horizontal vegetation.

The icing on the cake was to find the yacht being prepared for sail. It’s tall mast sectoring the sky and complementing the many handrail vertical stakes. And the two mariners hard at work.

Yes. Andy did get his fill of bird watching along the coast for the rest of our stay.

There is no other way of finishing but to say, still be very aware and STAY SAFE


Dales Walk near Burnsall Wharfedale

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Blog Post No 94 …………It seems like a lifetime ago since Rose and I did this walk and I took this photo. Obviously I could not have taken the image AND be one of the two walkers portrayed, Rose as always being the one ‘ in frame ‘, I having added MYSELF in the process of painting ! Obvious really, but I thought it would clear that up !

Just a typical Dales scene with the barn and trees with rising ground as a backdrop. Sort of an L shaped COMPOSITION with the walls continuing out to the right. AND in this instance no trees or shrubs to prevent the gaze continuing out of the painting to imagine what is out of sight further up Wharfedale.

Looks like early Spring on a cool breezy day with the world and the trees starting to awake, The old barn being a reminder of how life used to be in days of yore.

Complicated days at the moment. Do stay aware and keep safe


P S …I do very much appreciate all your continuing interest in these Blogs and hope that my writings help to give an insight into the substance of the varied paintings. Being divorced from face to face contact with my digital tutors it is difficult to proceed with things I have in mind at this time.

I shall communicate improvements to you if I can make them happen in due time. In the meantime I have many more images to process, write about and Blog. Please keep on logging in.


Colourful Rudbeckia

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I like BRIGHT colours and they don’t get much brighter and showier than a bunch of Rudbeckias. I’m often tempted to take my camera out into the garden to photograph with the prospect of painting. But it doesn’t often happen !

Usually I am doing something else and by the time I have finished it’s meal time or I’m too tired, or more often the sun has disappeared behind the biggest black cloud ever seen.

I really like flowers, but not to paint. So this is a rarity for me. Swathes of orange and yellow applied with gusto, with that huge dark centre containing all those arranged ‘ dots ‘.

I like it but it’s rather GAUDY, rather MESSY, with some flowers on their ‘ last legs ‘ and with the darker mottled under painting.

But it is COLOURFUL ! ! ! And I still like it !

Stay Safe


Top Path Canal Gardens Roundhay Leeds

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Blog Post No 92 ………..Canal Gardens with it’s attached Rose Garden and Glasshouse is situate at the opposite side of the main road from Roundhay Park. This used to be the terminus for the Roundhay tram service.

So called presumably due to the waters being long and straight, having the appearance of a canal.

The attraction for me is always the water and how to portray it’s surface in any particular location and mood. Here it is constantly disturbed by the several splaying fountains with the repercussions caused by the droplets. I love it !

The canal bank sides, the path and rear wall of the Rose Garden all give recession. Also the bases of the fountains, whilst the topmost reach of the three visible fountains, all being at eye level are on a horizontal plane, contributing to that effect.

The old buildings at the far side of the main road, reduced in size confirm the distancing.

As usual small figures, one wearing a RED jacket are added to give that sense of ‘ life ‘ and scale.

In these changing times as usual again STAY SAFE and watch out for some people who do not seem to know about the rule of the TWO METRE distancing ! !


Westborough Scarborough C1910

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Blog Post No 91……..Tramway Days again, one of my favourite subjects, but Scarborough this time ! It was probably in the 1990’s when I had the idea of travelling to Scarborough from Leeds. This to see if Scarborough Library had a portfolio of good, interesting images of the foreshore and harbour areas suitable for painting. They had, and I ordered a few to be printed for use as reference material to that end. And included was an expanded view of this image.

I was well into creating city tramway paintings at this time. The scenario for me would not be complete in many cases, including this one without an interesting group of buildings, trams plus other vehicles, and many people to give ‘ life ‘ to the painting.

Alterations to the original photograph are always made including the movement or removal of an item, introduction of others, and my ‘ popping in ‘ as many people as I think necessary. Each person to have a ‘ life of their own ‘ to give this momentum to to the painting.

Buildings are slightly altered, e g in this case sun shades added or removed.

Photos of this time were black and white ( or sepia ) so I have to make decisions when I am not familiar with a location regarding colours. Often in any case I enlighten to bring out detail and create an image to be enjoyed.

I always try to to find out the correct livery for the trams for the period that they are depicted, but that can be very subjective. This is included in all other research work that often has to be done.

Please enjoy and take care in these difficult and altering times


Grassington Weir Wharfedale

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This is another painting from the 1980’s. Living in Leeds this was a popular and relatively easy place to get to. I am never quite sure whether to call this Grassington Weir or Linton Weir as it sits at an almost eqidistance from both.

I can tell immediately that this is is not a recent work. Whilst it is not that ‘BAD’ there are a number of ways that improvements could be made. I go through these to assist all ‘ out there ‘who are coming to grips with painting.

1…..The first and most important thing is that the COMPOSITION is O K……….2 Next, my gaze goes immediately to the bright green meadow across the river………3 But this is not the main subject which is the banking of the WEIR and should be far more outstanding in colour……4 The children standing I would now give more prominence.

5…..I t seems to be that I was probably using BLACK for the DARKS. I have explained previously using, say ultramarine and a dark red, nearly black can be achieved with much variation especially with a small amount of white or any other colour. Just experiment, I do. If it goes wrong a lesson has been learned for next time.

I have been painting in various ways for about fifty years and am still experimenting and learning. It never stops !

There is more that I could say but I am typing left handed due to my shoulder previously mentioned and shall have to call it a night.

Just look at the painting and decide what other improvements could be made. It’s a good exercise.

Lock down easing but make sensible decisions and STAY SAFE


Cafe Area Victoria Quarter Leeds

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Blog Post No 89……….I am now in a situation never imagined whereby there about 120 images posted on a website which was never envisaged. So again ‘ now ‘, apart from images that I am holding back to Blog at a later date, I am and shall continue to trawl for pictures to provide a continuing variety of interest.

Whilst in the 1980/90s I was often referred to as ‘ The Tram Man ‘ it was the whole experience of being in Leeds in the tramway era which was such a strong drive to my referencing of that time, and my reconstructive paintings.

And the buildings, then ( black with years of soot and grime ) as important as the transport.

Years after the trams were gone, I captured aspects of Leeds on film, and this ‘ roofed over ‘ street, one of these. It was the multicoloured glazed roofing and end panels which inspired this image.

But finding a good location to create the atmosphere of the place as well took a little while. This is the cafe area looking towards Briggate.

Painted in an impressionistic style, placing the coffee aficionados in context with their immediate surroundings and the soaring columns, walls and ceiling. I really liked the imaginative way the whole area had been conceived and created.

Stay safe


Awaiting the Cliff Lift Saltburn

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Blog Post No 88………..We have only been to Saltburn a couple of times but found it an interesting resort. The town is perched on the cliff top, connected to the sea front by a steep S bend road and a Victorian CLIFF LIFT.

The mechanism for operating this is ingenious, water power. Both cable cars are fitted with tanks, which fill with water at the top giving them weight to decend whilst at the same time pulling the other car up to the top.

The water from the cable car now at the bottom now disgorges it’s water, which is pumped up to the top to fill the tanks in that car which is now the heaviest. So the whole process can be repeated at Infinitum. Hope I haven’t bored you but I found it fascinating and ingenious !

Now at last to the picture. Having parked at the top, I just couldn’t resist taking this image.

An interesting and unusual COMPOSITION. I really liked the bright RED cable operator’s cabin, which I placed to the left, and the row of future passengers waiting at the railings and/ or looking at the sea.

Although imobile each figure has it’s own character, clothing and baggage for the day. The foreground pavement, the sea and sky all play their part. And the two pinnacles on the operator’s cabin are arranged just to poke into the sky area to link the several layers.

A glimpse of days at the seaside we used to have. Things will change and with patience and common sense we will get through to better times ahead. For he first time I am doing this sitting at a table in our camper in the drive warmed by the sun. This is within range of our internet connector just yards away in the hall. There is no connection to the gazebo, I’ve tried it !

Stay safe



Walled Garden Sewerby Hall Bridlington

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Some time ago I was requested to do an exhibition of several paintings at Sewerby Hall. Rose and I have visited many times over the years and still remember sheltering from a snowstorm under a shelter on the left hand side beyond the hedge in April 1970’s.

Beyond that clipped hedge the walled garden continues to the just seen summer house in the right hand distance with the trees behind.

I just love the ‘umbrella ‘ tree in the centre of of the red/ orange/yellow bed of flowers, themselves surrounded by the low clipped hedge. The greenhouse gives an interesting contrast to the immaculately kept flower beds, highlighted by the dark trees behind.

And the ball shaped shrubs essentially break up the uniformity of the regimented beds.

It is always a pleasure to visit.

Stay safe


Manchester Oxford Road

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Blog Post No 86………This is another of the images I created for the beautifully produced Kingsmead Cards commissioned by Heather Hilder. The arrangement functioned very well over several years. With cities in the north ( except Leeds where I was able to access suitable material ) , usually black and white images were sent to me to reconstruct snow scenarios for Hospital and Hospice Charity Christmas Cards.

Copyrights were transferred to Kingsmead for two/three years and then returned to me. This is the first time in these Blogs that they have been seen since.

I have photographed several cards like this using the front and back of two cards, showing the title and write up given to me by Heather. Her father was the famous landscape artist Roland Hilder, and I always felt it a privilege to have been sought out to create these works.

Using the buildings, considerable exploration and imagination was always required to assemble the ‘ action ‘. Unfortunately the cooperation ceased when we were forced like many others to leave Headingley by the spread of student accommodation.

And regrettably the plans we had made for removal did not work out well and due to circumstances I lost touch with Heather.

According to the press today there does seem the possibility of slight relaxation of our lockdown soon, so let us together, but separate keep busy and safe


Part View of the Artist’s Back Garden

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Blog Post No 85………….Until now I have not shown any of the photographs which I have used or not used for my paintings. However with all the gardening programmes showing beautiful images, I look on ours, to a lesser extent, as a work of art in a similar fashion.

This photo taken in early April this year 2020, has yet to start the emergence of colour that will develop throughout the seasons, and which I shall continue to photograph.

This garden was not like this when we took over about twelve years ago, being mainly grass. Then I was relatively fit, cut out curving borders, purchased and planted fruit trees and organised the gazebo. Now being quite disabled, that kind of activity is well beyond me.

The genius of the garden is my wife, Rose who is a knowledgeable plants woman, has done all the purchasing and organising that is visible, herself working by the pot plants.

The garden is now a haven for bird life with several feeding stations and water bowls. Sparrow Towers ( the beech hedge running the full length on the left ) can be particularly noisy when sparrow parliament is in session.

More later in the year.

Keep safe


From My Scrapbook ( 3 )

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Blog Post No 84………This is one of three paintings for the boardroom of chartered accountants Price Waterhouse.

This publicity photograph is of myself with partner in charge at the time, Keith Rawcliffe standing in front of ‘ Leeds Looking West ‘ which was taken from a vantage point in a Leeds tower Block. The other images were ‘ Leeds Looking East ‘ from the same height.

The same picture in black and white including just me was married to feature in in the YORKSHIRE POST entitled ‘ High Way to a Cityscape ‘ on Thursday January 29 1987. A lifetime away ! ! !

I heard on the ‘ grapevine ‘ years later presumably when changes were made to the boardroom, the paintings were offered to Leeds City Art gallery. They were refused !

The paintings were sold privately.

Carry on. More information on the television early this morning, changes seem to be in the air.

Keep safe


Sealed Knot at Ripley Castle C1990’s

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Blog Post No 83 …….Another diversion and a period piece ! …..I cannot remember exactly when this event took place. Rose and I had stopped off when passing through Ripley to visit the castle and had not expected to find this colourful gathering. I’m always excited at the prospect of something different to photograph and possibly turn into a painting.

I think that at this stage the battle had been fought, and the columns were standing for a moment before continuing to march off.

Painted in an impressionistic manner, not too bothered about detail. Apart from a few individual figures standing out, it was the whole body of infantry, the animation of the flags, and with the verticals of the flag poles and pikes which created the ‘ buzz ‘.

The tree broke further into the horizontal of the columns. Then the background line of hedges,the lone pike man exiting to the left, and the two lone figures discussing on the extreme right closed off the scenario. The tussocky grass in the foreground indicated that this was no lawn.

On the whole an interesting COMPOSITION created on the spur of the moment.

It looks as if there might be some small movement regarding the easing of our lock down in the near future. Don’t hold your breath, but stay safe and use art to usefully pass the time.


Manet Visits Haworth West Yorkshire

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Blog Post No 82 …… This painting is a hybrid of years, buildings and people. It is a product of a situation which did not materialise from a photograph received. And having part completed the painting I decided to give it another twist, not wanting to waste the time and effort in getting so far.

Now after a decade stuck in the dark, I came across it doing a trawl I again decided that the painting might as well see the light of day.

The viewer is not expected to understand what I have just written !

The nicely cleaned up and decorated buildings are a far cry from how they might have looked in the 19th century. The elegantly attired people I made up and introduced to the scene are all probably well clothed for their day. And it is unlikely that Manet in the left foreground would have flown over from Paris by a low cost airline to seek out new subjects to paint.

However I think that it looks interesting and hope you like the scenario. It’s a twist on what I do ! ! !

I’m doing this in the middle of the night as my right knee and leg which have been supporting my bionic left leg for four years have decided that they have had enough. It’s less painful out of bed and doing work is a pleasure which also takes the mind off the problem.

Just a fact, no sympathy please, it’s just part of the rich tapestry of life and we get on with it. As l have stated at the start in my home page, I would not be here now without the ministrations of those wonderful people in the N H S at Scarborough and York who saved my life those four years ago.

Every day I can’t image the courage of the present day N H S people who confront this deadly virus often without the protection they need.

I salute you.

Everyone stay safe


The Old Cafe Sandsend Whitby

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Just a reminder that my surname is pronounced Lay-pish. Very few people ever get it right !

Blog Post No 81……….. I was asked to do a second slightly different version of this years ago, and hope that this is mine. Since this painting, a new cafe building has been built in front making this an historic version. An image containing the replacement cafe was started ages ago. When it will get finished is anybody’s guess !

This was created in a ‘ free and easy ‘ impressionistic style about ten year’s ago. As with all my paintings I did a very light drawing up so the original pencil marks don’t show through. That was just general positioning of the infrastructure, with no fine detailing.

Using the paints, probably acrylic as I explain elsewhere, although watercolours would turn out to look about the same, often applied in washes ‘left to do their own thing’ as in the cliff top slopes and foreground grasses and path.

It is fairly obvious that the chairs and people were quickly brushed in. And the whites are just the paper.


Bird Hide Golden Acre Park Leeds

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Blog Post No Eighty. Another milestone ! ………A very pleasant country park we use to visit regularly when living in Headingley. It is situated on the A 660 out of Leeds beyond Lawnswood.

In it’s heyday in the 1930,s it was a major pleasure park, the lake being much bigger with boating. There was a miniature railway around the lake, with it’s locomotives now in use on the North Bay Railway in Scarborough. It hosted bus loads of visitors.

What attracted me to this image was the contrast of the golden coloured trees in the sunshine ( which is presumably how the park got it’s name ), to the cool shades, ripples and reflections of most of the waters. And I really liked the dappled contrasts on the bird hide it’s self with a glimpse of the bird watchers inside.

And sometimes you get lucky with a bonus. In the brief time of actually taking the photo, a water bird decided to fly straight towards the camera. An element that immediately catches my attention when included into the painting. It even takes precedence over the RED coats of the visitors. And you will notice how much I go on about little touches of RED making a focal point in a picture !

Then one can look around and explore the differing aspects of the painting. A nice place to go if you live in the area.

Another week of lock down got through. It,s got to be eased up sometime, but still keeping our two metre distancing. Keep safe



Digging for treasure ! !

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Blog Post No79…….. The most important thing that I bang on about constantly as in this image is COMPOSITION. So I am going to look at this painting with some care. Get that wrong and it won’t work.

Compared with most of my paintings, in this one there are few elements and they need to be placed in harmony. The two boys obviously are the main focus of attention, and they both need to be offset from the posts on the breakwater.

To make this point we all have seen pictures of people, say with a lamp, a tree or some other thing sticking out of the tops of their heads !

And the addition of the breakwater with it’s vertical posts and horizontal slats plus an opening, all at different levels are an essential component to add a sense of place and additional interest.

Now all my representations of WATER are different as befitting their locations and circumstances.

My last observation will be regarding the two boys. One is sitting and the other is squatting, duly placed in harmony with each other. But on the other hand both are concentrating on ‘ different things ‘. So I try to bring this element to the viewer ‘ what are they each thinking about or intent upon ‘ ?

Painting can be complicated. Try and think things out BEFORE you start to work and things could turn out better. …..Stay safe


Low Tide Robin Hoods Bay Yorkshire Coast

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Blog Post No 78. ….This image is taken from the cliff top path ( the Cleveland Way) to Boggle Hole. I was going on to state that this bay was created due to the usual coastal erosion. But NO. From three booklets provided by my wife Rose who has interests in many things, these flat rocks or scars running into the sea have a far more interesting past.

I use a melange of words from all three booklets………. They are all that remain of a huge geological dome structure. This caused by tectonic earth movements before being eroded to leave magnificent wave cut platforms or rings of lower Jurassic strata.

I bet that you didn’t expect that for a geography and history lesson ! ! Neither did I. Now an interesting subject for a photographer and artist. The remaining land mass stops at the cliffs.

Painted before my cancer so I can’t remember the exact details. I used thin washes of yellows, red/ pinks, blues of probably acrylics which work the same as watercolours, with the added advantage of remaining stable when dry. This means that they can be overpainted without turning to ‘mud’ like watercolours might.

With paper or canvas at a gentle slope I ran small amounts of ONE colour where I required down the cliff face, and then while still damp ran down a SECOND colour on or next to the FIRST to let them intermingle. If required lift slightly and alter the plane and angle of the slope.Then when dry run the same or different colours down where you want. I use a number of very small jam pots to mix the paints. ( I always eat the jam first ! ! ).

There is always an element of chance in these type of procedures, and often unforeseen, interesting and exciting results occur.

Try it, enjoy it, have FUN and stay safe


Racehorses passing the Black Bull Middleham North Yorkshire

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Blog Post No 77. This is an update of Blog posts 2 and 3 when the creation of these was a completely new experience, the focus different from now and I knew practically nothing about everything digital. The main aim now is to have an enlarged version of the painting in line with all more recent ones. The original points are still relevant so I leave Blogs 2 and 3 in place.

This is the second of four racehorse paintings I created in Middleham. It is the centre of the horse racing ‘ industry ‘ with many stables in and around the village. When one has no idea where any of the stables are hiding behind the frontages in the main streets, and the first inkling of where horse and their jockeys might appear from narrow side alleys is the clatter of hoofs on cobbles, then getting a decent COMPOSITION including the racehorses is a matter of luck and instant reaction.

The Gallops are a short distance up the road into Coverdale. With my small pocket camera I never got a worthwhile shot of the racehorses galloping despite efforts to do so. That’s life, in this case it’s pointless trying to create a painting without that most important thing, a GOOD COMPOSITION.

Let’s get through this lockdown period and keep safe



Malham Bridge and Post Office

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Blog Post No 76 Hi everybody. I came across this image during my recent trawl of old paintings on 35 mm transparencies. Not feeling too brilig for the past few days, so for the first time I am doing this Blog without doing a preparatory draft.

I can’t remember how long ago Rose and I last went to Malham when this image was created, and whether it is by brush or painting trowel. However I still like the vigorous method employed and have been thinking that when I do get back to painting, this is what I might well enjoy doing.

The first thing that I notice is that darks as I keep mentioning were even at this stage a combination of ultramarine and Alizarin mixed on the paper. Intermediate shades of these two colours were applied to other areas such as roofs, bridge etc keeping a unity to the Composition. A green and a yellow were also applied in a similar manner possibly with the addition of white.

Notice how the light portion of the bridge with the two figures and the touch of red on the building also help to balance the picture. If you like this style of painting, be bold and have bash. Find a picture that you like and copy it, in any way that is satisfying TO YOU.

While painting or doing anything else of interest, it does take my thoughts away from our present situation

Stay safe


Sunshine and shadows Linton

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Blog Post No 75 This is the Linton near Grassington not to be confused with the Linton near Wetherby.

The sun was out, the shadows strong casting great shadows. This painting must be from an early period when I was concentrating on creating the light reflected grass with little variation. And it looks very much like uniform Black for the shadows. Not what I would do now, but O K for the time, probably the 1980’s. There is nothing wrong with that, it WORKED.

If you are finding painting hard going this painting is ‘ Not Too Complicated ‘ so I would recommend ‘ Have a Go ‘ at any Composition that takes your fancy. If it does go wrong don’t despair, it’s a learning curve and try again. It,s how I made progress.

It,s now week four of our lockdown. I need to keep busy through the day as I soon get bored, breaking time down into manageable chunks including coffee and lunch breaks. It also occasionally means an occasional nap in the afternoon !

It will end sometime. Keep safe