Off the Rails?


“People who don’t see you every day have a hard time understanding how on some days–good days–you can run three miles, but can barely walk across the parking lot on other days,’ [my mom] said quietly.” ― Jennifer Starzec.      This weekend has involved thinking about the bad days.  Parkinson’s has a habit of giving … Continue reading Off the Rails?

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Wishing You A Happy Year


“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows this site. Your support and interest are greatly appreciated. I love reading your comments. Thanks so much for participating. Best wishes for a wonderful 2020!” – Dean G. Parsons.

Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.


“Happiness is going shopping with my sister-in-law. She’s got the traits of my husband that I like, with the added bonus of her love of shopping!” – Anon. In my latest practice at portraiture, I thought I would try to paint my sister-in-law.  She won’t thank me for the end result; something of a caricature … Continue reading Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.

Nerves and Bananas


  “Always take a banana to a party.” ― Steven Moffat.       The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was … Continue reading Nerves and Bananas

The Miracle in a Box


“I often say now I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.” – Michael J. Fox.       It takes time to get used to living your life in three hour stages.  After my diagnosis of Parkinson’s, in … Continue reading The Miracle in a Box

The Facial Art Mystery


“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  – Francis Bacon.       One of the interesting things about regularly practicing art, is that you start to develop a style of your own.  I have taken to working on portraits.  This has become something of a fascination to me, for I … Continue reading The Facial Art Mystery