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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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    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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  • I always thought the Georgians locked up their tea because it was so expensive, not so with this Worcester tea caddy from the Chamberlain factory. Accompanying it are two slightly earlier pieces and a modern knife.
    H 20 cm x W 26.5 cm
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    It’s always rather daunting starting to paint a living, moving subject. It was such a tall stem I had to cut it from the pot and put it in water…..orchids don’t seem to like that. After two days it started to protest and I had to work every hour of the day to complete it.
    H 33 cm x W 18.5 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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    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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    Another genus of flowering plants I have always loved are the various clematis. This one is so vigorous throwing up multiple stems every year and clinging to everything within its grasp. Just outside the studio door it just begged to be painted.
    H 20 cm x W 13 cm
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