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The Chalke Valley History Festival 2017

For the past 3 years I have been lucky enough to be invited to draw speakers at the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival. The history festival, or CVHF is perhaps the only literary festival in Britain to be focused purely on history which is surprising given the number and popularity of literary festivals now. It is well run and has a veritable army of volunteers who keep the show on the road come what may. Last year the skies opened and the festival deeply resembled a n

October in Kenya

I have let my blog fall fallow this last year and although I have regularly uploaded paintings and drawings to my Instagram feed at willpaint, there are a number of things I want to get out there that are more suited to a blog and so I will attempt to put that right starting now. I have been painting in various places around the world this year and it is something I love to do. Travel and painting seem to be made for each other (the problems encountered getting solvents in un

Pintar Rapido London, 11th – 12th July 2015

Just a quick mention that I will be taking part in Pintar Rapido, London this year. It takes place over two days; on Saturday 11th July we go out and paint our pictures and on Sunday they are put up for sale in an exhibition at Chelsea Town Hall in the Kings Road. The show opens at 12pm and closes at 5.30. There are going to be a lot of artists painting views of London, up to about 500 and I think it will be great fun. It is actually a competition but I haven’t as much experi

Royal We

For nearly 15 years now, I have been teaching drawing and painting at the Princes Drawing School – or, as it should now be called, the Royal Drawing School, since the Queen recently awarded the school Royal status. This didn’t get all that much coverage, but that may be a good thing given British press’s have a habit of finding fault rather that looking for the good. They do after all have to make money and it seems that the public have a taste for bad news with salacious det