Thursday, 1 October 2015

Don't Look now ... but...

..... I might start painting tonight! You may recall these paintings below were large, by my standards. Well they are required again but only half that size! I wonder if I can do it again, but smaller?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Two Years Flew by!

Two years ago 'today' a dancer in Connecticut bought the original of my drawing of Cologne Cathedral. After she had hung it she sent me a photograph of it, which was very considerate of her. I just received a reminder of the event.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

SO!! What have I been up to?

Well I've all but finished the workshop....


... I'm about to build a wooden boat

Celebrated 56 years of marriage


Saw my granddaughter announce the publication of  her first book (

Monday, 14 September 2015

The OTHER blog

I haven't run away to sea, but life keeps getting in the way of art and blogging.

To make things worse/better I've started another blog to cover my new Project Fishwall.

Here's a clue:

A Linocut by

Shipwrights Yard by James Dodds RCA (1957)

Here's a link - Project Fishwall -

please leave a comment there, as the new blog feels unloved!   

Saturday, 1 August 2015


I am proud to exhibit the work of a fellow artist, Abbey.

Abbey is Twelve Years old and visiting us from Yorkshire, with her grandparents and cousin Sophie.

Abbey is, as you can see, an accomplished and imaginative artist.  On this occasion she has captured the view from our sitting-room window across the rooftops of Fishguard (Abergwaun in Welsh). Here you can see the harbour with the breakwater, and its lighthouse which shines green at night.

             Fishguard Harbour        
 Abbey Corker
Coloured Pencil on Paper
(7 inches x 6 inches)
Abbey and Sophie leave today. We have really enjoyed their sparkling company and look forward to their return.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Painting Again!

As the rainy day jobs come to a conclusion, I managed to slip in a quick painting. The first in months.

For those who don't know it, Wimbledon is the British premier tennis grand-slam venue. As it is the oldest lawn-tennis tournament  in the world it has taken on many very formal traditions. For example, Lewis Hamilton the world champion Formula One racing car driver, was refused admission to the VIP box, despite his invitation, because he wasn't wearing a neck-tie.

You can image the shake up then when German born Dustin Brown turned up on the famous Centre Court to play Rafeal Nadal who was expected to be in the final. Dustin Brown was an outsider in all respects: ranked 102 in the world, a Rastarfarian with body piercings, earings, necklaces etc.

The British have a tradition of cheering the 'underdog' on. Dustin rose to the occasion and won the admiration of a nation, and the hearts of the ladies. It soon became obvious that this young firebrand was a gentleman, a good sportsman and entertainer. His tennis set the place on fire and he beat Nadal. 

I've tried to draw out the 'red hot' nature of the man his tennis and the image he left burnt in our minds. I also tried to set it on the backcloth of a cool formality.

I hope you like it.

 Dustin Brown - Wimbledon 2015       John Simlett
Acrylic on Canvas
(30 inches x 18 inches
765 mm  x 460 mm)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

RAIN = Four Poster

It rained a lot and so I finished the mahogany Four Poster Bed instead of continuing to build my workshop.

I also took a rain-check (pun intended :)  ) on Saint David's Cathedral in order to paint a portrait which I hope to post in the next day or two.