I’m painting backgrounds today while listening to BBC Radio 4 and following the football, England have Iceland next so all to play for, somehow that worked out OK! As for art I’m slowly getting back into gear, thinking all the time and getting myself prepared for the act of creation.

After another terrible day of football, why do I watch? I lost a proper days work over this, anyway back to work bright and early today in the studio and if I finish in time it is ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ so I will head down to the local skatepark with my board. Lets home its not nearly 40c degrees today like it was yesterday. Mind you the Solstice full moon was pretty amazing, I will post a picture I took from the garden here later.

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Back in the 37 C degree heat of Los Angeles and I will continue with some thoughts on this blog once I get down to work again properly. Today is kind of taken up with the England football match, or should I say soccer match! I hope to get a couple of hours painting in now but after, nada…Anyway I wish I was watching in the pub at 8pm back home with my friends. Anyway I am watching here in a friends bar and as it is a midday kick off it but it will be coffee instead of beer. Afterwards I will take a walk through Downtown and think about the work I hope to achieve here in the coming weeks. More soon…

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This is my last day in the U.K for a while and while I have a lot of work as ever today really is about two events, firstly the England-Wales football match this afternoon. I am really looking forward to this, I predict an England victory because the Welsh seem so confident of victory, I hope so anyway. Then after a quick change of clothes and a little food it’s off to the Tate again for the grand opening of the new building, after going to the artists opening on Monday I’m really looking forward to this.

Tomorrow its back to California and back to work, I must say I’m really looking forward to getting back and resolving the ongoing issues with my current work. My favourite times as just being in the studio painting and being out and about taking pictures, I love to mix the two totally different ways of working and a seven day working practice is the only way to resolve the issues at hand.

The Brexit vote is still on my mind, what a mess we are in, the Tory party are at war and these fools are putting personnel battles before the good of the country.

Last night I went to the opening of the Tate extension, was amazing on every level and there were 10 of them! But seriously this is a triumph for Sir Nicholas, contemporary art and for the U.K as a whole. Congratulations to everyone involved. The only thing which would have made it better was a piece of my work in the opening exhbit! That aside I love it and am looking forward to going back again as soon as I have a moment. It’s good to have a little brightness in this world especially at the moment, well at anytime really.

More rain today, tomorrow and onwards, June is the new May or so it seems, I’m back to California at the weekend, where it as been extra cloudy and cold this spring, but I believe that ended while I was away and now normal service has resumed, I hope so as I have paintings to make and I like to work outside.

Climate chaos is of course only going to get worse…what can a little person actually do to help? I feel so bloody helpless…

I just tried to look at this and I actually don’t know how! I must try to find out.

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