The way it used to be

Below is a picture I saw in a book called “A day in the life of London”  Its a Time Life photo essay that had some amazing images in it however this is the one that really caught my eye.  I think the photo was done in the late 70′s/early 80′s.  I have cropped some of it down but I know there are some guys out there who will recognize the studio.  Its seems unbelievable that people worked like that back in the day

Switzerland (Again)

Just got back from a 2 week busman’s holiday in Switzerland to draw, relax and get some work done

Visited Zurich for a couple of days and went to a fantastic exhibition at the main gallery were I saw some of Monet’s works that I have never seen before and I was really taken by the colours which this image does not really convey. He sat outside during the early evening with three coats on to try to capture this. In total he did 17 canvases like this Talk about dedication

Zurich was cold as well as these images below show

Whilst there I also found a fantastic little Italian restaurant in one of the suburbs which was a cross between Italian Baroque and Liberace. The food was excellent and very reasonable

The following day I had lunch in a traditional Zurich Beer house which was full of suits from the Swiss banks??  It really is a place of contradictions sometimes but its one of the things that I really like about the place


A Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe that is done in a “Etched” style drawing and then the colour and texture has been put in later in Photoshop