i. This week has been manic. I took a group of students around London with school which unfortunately meant I only ended up with one day at university most of which was taken up with a group crit. I managed to make some monotypes on the Thursday morning and showed some of these in the crit. The feedback was generally good and I was mainly encouraged to just make more work. Hopefully I'll be more productive next week…

ii. I was invited to apply for the Whiteknights Studio Trail (a series of exhibitions and open studios around Reading) and this week I found out I have been accepted. It's a chance for me to exhibit (and hopefully sell) some work and I look forward to being a part of it.

iii. I read a beautiful BBC News article about artist Norman Gilbert. When Gilbert's wife suffered a stroke, the artist sat at her bedside in hospital for a week and drew her. The resulting sketches are simple, honest and enormously moving. 'I have no regrets about doing the drawings,' says Norman. 'I love having them and I cherish them.’

Norman Gilbert,  Pat,  2016

Norman Gilbert, Pat, 2016