Drawing and photography are central to my practice. Both make pressing - if sometimes fictitious - claims to the capture of lost moments.


Sketchy 'Girls', Lisbon

This photo was taken at the Brasileira café, just outside our hotel, as the Urban Sketchers group was dismembering and people were about to go their own way.  I was so delighted to meet these people at last! Ea, Jennifer and Marina. And bloody hell, the only time I'm on that side of the camera, I am uncharacteristically wearing colour and pattern... 

Passing by, stopping, walking on: Urban Sketching in Context

Just back from the wonderful Urban Sketchers symposium in Lisbon; I didn't draw as much as I'd hoped (too staggered by the many fantastic drawings I saw and interested in the various interventions and teaching methodologies... as well as taken up by the strangeness of visiting Lisbon as a tourist, rather than a resident!). Here is a copy of the paper I presented: I think it was a bit too dense for the occasion, so for those of you who asked me if they could read it, here goes:  

In March 2010, shortly after starting to post sketchbook pages online, I glued four small scribbles I’d made of my dog Possum into a Moleskine sketchbook. The drawings of Possum were made on scraps of paper on the day of the post, and the page on which they were stuck contained a list of starter shrubs from two years earlier. In response to these, avid sketcher Manuel San Payo quipped: ‘hey - collage??? That’s odd...!’  read more here