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Painting Jerusalem doors

When I was in Jerusalem a couple of weeks ago I fell in love with the battered, scratched and graffiti daubed metal …

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Jerusalem photo- collages

I recently spent a week in Jerusalem with an apartment very close to the Old City. I expected that on our day …

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Monte Camino Series 2 - London - NFS

Monte Camino revisited.

Last year I made the Monte Camino series – a set of textile panels about my Grandparents war stories. You can follow …

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Cover of Colorplay book

New book published! Colorplay

It was a good start this morning. I woke up to find that I had a new book published that I knew …

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square panel in beige with stencilled black letter sand raised white graffiti

What happened to my 2017 weekly art project?

You remember my 2017 weekly(ish) art project? The one I confidently declared in this post  would be a modular diary of 2017? …

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The Levantine Gallery, Jerusalem

Levantine Gallery, Jerusalem

It is a small world. A few days ago I was in the old city of Jerusalem, in a side street just …

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Picture Stockport Project – my new workshops.

I am delighted to have been invited by Manchester Histories and Stockport Council to be one of the five artists leading public …

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Traces at The World of Glass – New exhibition announcement

Leah Higgins and I are pleased to announce that we have added another duo exhibition, Traces to our exhibiting schedule. When I was …

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Painting the Town Red

This is the first completed piece for an intended body of work inspired by my home town of St. Helens. Which is, to …

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Handicap 2017/4

Careful examination of this piece will reveal not just the usual underlying graffiti but scribbled calculations and equations. These reflect the fact …

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It eludes me – 2017/3

The above image is a cheat. It is fake. It looks good but it’s not a real room and my work of …

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What is your underneath? 2017/2

I had just finished posting about my first 2017 diary piece, “As you mean to go on” when I saw a post …

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Art for confidence

I was having a crisis of confidence. I looked at my art work and I thought: cripes, its a mess. It’s a …

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Start as you mean to go on – 2017 diary pieces

‘I might be right, I might be wrong, but I always make a decision.’ That was actually a comment  I heard some …

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The secret is out! New partnership with Leah Higgins

Happy 2017! New Year for me always involves the gift to myself of new stationery and a generous allowance of time to …

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Now represented by Dot-Art Gallery.

I am delighted to announce that I am now represented by Dot-Art in Liverpool. I have pieces in their Liverpool themed Christmas …

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At the end, they remain

At the End They Remain – Interactive Graffiti Project Piece

  In October I conducted two interactive workshops at Stockport war Memorial Art Gallery. Participants used my painted fabric and paints to …

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Home, St.Helens ( Monte Camino Series) 60 x 40 cm

Monte Camino Series – Home, St.Helens

Part Five – Home. St.Helens  :  A while ago I went to Monte Camino In Italy, with my parents to visit the …

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The Battle ( from the Monte Camino Series) 60 x 40 cm

Monte Camino Series – The Battle

Part Four – The Battle :  A while ago I went to Monte Camino In Italy, with my parents to visit the …

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Italy ( from the Monte Camino Series) 60 x 40 cm

Monte Camino Series – Italy

Part Three – Italy: A while ago I went to Monte Camino In Italy, with my parents to visit the site of …

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Italy ( from the Monte Camino Series) 60 x 40 cm

Monte Camino Series – North Africa

Part Two – North Africa: A while ago I went to Monte Camino In Italy, with my parents to visit the site …

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Home, London Monte Camino Series

Monte Camino Series – Home, London

PartOne – Home, London: A while ago I went to Monte Camino In Italy, with my parents to visit the site of …

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I should have known better – IGP art

Today was the first day of the Interactive Graffiti Project at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.  the ideas is that people dropping …

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Never too late to remember

Now that I am back from a summer of  travelling,  it is time to get on with my next solo exhibition which …

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How I finish my stretched quilts

I have been asked by Deborah Boschert and Janis Douchette to do a tutorial on how I finish my stretched quilts so …

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Urban Scrawl -the de-brief Part One

Its a bit early for a complete debrief as the Urban Scrawl show is still on until 18th June but its a …

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Urban Scrawl – Just before Opening

I am beyond delighted and so grateful to all the people who made my Urban Scrawl show preview a great success. I …

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How I am pricing my art

Pricing art is a nebulous business. With my Urban Scrawl solo show now just two months away it is time to start …

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5 rules I am going to break with my newsletter

When I was about fourteen our teachers went on a partial strike and refused to write school reports. My English teacher decided …

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Clarence Dock - art by Helen L Conway

New art series: Liverpool Overhead Railway

  Five minutes walk from my workplace, there was once the second busiest port in the British Empire.  Cotton, sugar, tobacco, grain; …

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Test post

I am sorry to inconvenience anyone who may get this in their email or blog reader but I need to send this …

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Turning 60 year old train tickets into a thermofax screen

I have a tendency to accumulate art equipment and to plan to work in more media and to undertake more projects than …

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Working to a theme

If you have started to follow my Urban Scrawl diary over on my Facebook page, you will know that my show in …

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New! Diary of a Solo Show.

I am very excited to be able to tell you that the View Two Gallery in Liverpool will be hosting my first …

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Using Punchtime to time record on Trello cards

I am feeling a little cock- a hoop right now because I have finally after much toil and frustration worked out how …

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Artists in Law is a Go! Go! Go!

After a lot of late evening and early mornings processing images, learning how to do website related tasks, cursing slow internet and …

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Secret revealed! – ‘Note to Self’ is accepted to EQT

For months now I have been nursing a very happy secret. My art quilt Note to Self  was accepted into the 6th …

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Etcetera show – Platform Gallery, Clitheroe

I am pleased to announce that I will be part of the  Etcetera group’s Transitions Exhibition at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe …

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Moody Blue strippy graffiti quilt

Where do I get my ideas?

Steve Jobs famously said that creativity was joining the dots. So, when someone asks me where I get my ideas from it’s …

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New! Big Dream Street Food Series

Finally, after three physio sessions and whole packets of Co-Codamol and Ibuprufen, my whiplash symptoms have remitted enough to let me back …

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