Study of Green Pillow

‘Study of Green Pillow’ Pencil, pen. 3 hours. Northern Realist Studio. Forgot my paint  

Women’s March Manchester

‘Women’s March Manchester’ 21 January, 2017. Albert Square, Manchester. Watercolour and ink. Canvas on board.  

The Raw Materials of Our Fiction: An Interview With Smith Henderson

mith Henderson’s debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, was the winner of the 2015 John Creasy Dagger Award and the 2014 Montana Book Award. It was also a finalist for the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan…

Homeless Man Sketch/ Blue Monday Tune

The picture is one of many sketches of homeless people around Manchester City Centre. This was from the corner by the tram stop outside Debenhams. You could call it a study. I wouldn’t. Watercolour and pen on canvas board. These are lying around on the surfaces near my desk – the ones that haven’t been…

Silent Night

The song, it started out chipper, honestly. Was painting the picture when I put the brush in the murky water and reached for the nearest instrument. Was in a screeching key of Jack’s Lament from The Nightmare Before Christmas while squinting at what had been the orange and black base notes of the picture so…

Finished New Novel

Done working on latest project, Store High in Transit. In keeping with tradition, when the words were all done and finished with, I got the story out my system with the sketching. Will update shortly, but enough writing and S.H.I.T. for today.

Untitled Violin Song

Been listening to Warren Ellis’s ‘Three Songs For Violin’ and there’s not much more to it than that. Experimented with different sounds on the violin and loops, adding gradual reverb and gain where guitar pedals have been used for distortion. Only listened to this on headphones, but with the right speakers you might hear a…

“A Marvellous Way to Pass The Time”

Thing with funerals is you spend the day so focused on everyone around that it becomes like a kind of cold turkey of any self-centred tendencies. Looking back over the last decade or so, time’s been measured in the short stories, the novel chapters, sketches, experiments with paint and new instruments, guitar riffs and melodies…

Song: A Single Man

Not remotely biographical. I found out about Isherwood and was so absorbed I made this. Feel like it fits the tone, like music ‘George’ might move to. The picture was one from January, 2016, long before I read the Isherwood book. It will have been 3 hours at Northern Realist on a Tuesday. There hadn’t…