To understand and be understood.

My Life as an Artist (2)

When I first met Anne and Mike twenty years ago in The Magical Town of Crickadoon, there was an immediate connection.     Sometimes that happens.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anne in her Wilshire garden.

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A year ago Anne and Mike moved from their ancient dwelling on top of a mountain in the beautiful BreconBeacons National Park in Wales back to Wiltshire where they had lived many years before.    This past weekend, I visited them in their new home.

Quick  watercolour/gouache study from the garden. 

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Over the years I have come to know Anne and Mike’s six children and numerous grandchildren.   Part of this weekend’s visit was to make preliminary sketches of one branch of the family for what will ultimately be a large family portrait.

Preliminary sketch of Jake.   Last…

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