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    When I don’t know what to paint next I turn to my little red book. Every time we have an idea or simply a title I write it down, I look through the book and suddenly the title becomes an idea. I began with the chocolates and then I arranged everything around them until I had a complete composition.
    H 26 cm x W 34 cm
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  • This is my favourite malt Dalwhinnie. It is the most elevated distillery in the Highlands, last time I was there it was mid May and there was a snowstorm that turned the A9 white. The whisky ‘tot’ to the right is a beautiful Edwardian one, handmade glass topped with silver.
    H 17 cm x W 21 cm
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  • Once the spring strawberries start to appear I can’t wait to get them in a painting. Often the simplest arrangements are the most pleasing and that splash of bright red gives the painting a real zing and pulls the eye in.
    H 21.5 cm x W 16.5 cm
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    Another garden favourite are the Lily of the Valley. But I must admit to having to spray half of them with weed killer last year lest they take over. They are a great subject, they keep still while I paint them.
    H 18 cm x W 11.5 cm
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    This lovely silver bowl is a new purchase, made by Walker and Hall, I don’t know if it’s a large bon-bon dish or a small fruit dish. The decanter is a late Georgian one, beautifully blown with a perfect pontil mark on the base where the craftsman cut the finished article from the blowing rod.
    H 29 cm x W 20.5 cm
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    So Marion suggested I paint my 7 favourite silver jugs and call it ‘The magnificent 7’. What one doesn’t realise when starting is that every jug has jugs reflected in it and within those reflections is reflected the same jug one is painting. Talk about confusing, at the end of every day my head was spinning and after 23.5 long consecutive days I finished it.
    H 20 cm x W 41 cm
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  • Some time ago we visited our favourite restaurant in Penrith, it’s called ‘Four and Twenty’ and we were rather taken with the napkins. I asked if I could buy one of each colour, they gave me three free of charge.
    H 37 cm x W 47 cm
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    It’s really refreshing when a client asks for something special and is on my wavelength. Often it can be a request for a copy of an earlier work which is just wrong, or to include a totally inappropriate personal item. The very nature of the still life is that I use favourite elements and use them in several works and indeed this particular painting began with the most important element the decanter and my favourite too. The collector then selected all the most appropriate items to accompany it, I couldn’t have chosen better myself.
    H 34 cm x W 25 cm
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    I can’t resist snowdrops; the garden is full of them. The way they keel over after a sharp frost then stand erect when the sun warms them up, nodding defiantly as the strong northerly threatens to flatten them.
    H 20.5 cm x W 14 cm
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