After a long hot summer in the British Isles, it is good to be back in the Vietnam studio where I am working on new acrylic and watercolour paintings. Next summer, for the first time in 10 years, I hope to exhibit exciting new work about my homeland.
It does feel strange to be creating images of Northern England and Scotland while sweating in the tropical heat of Vietnam but keeping a studio in this far flung land enables me to have good light, sunshine and low outgoings through the winter months. Back in the UK, the days are short and cold and the cost of heating has become prohibitive. It may be expensive to get here but the days are long warm and quiet and it is so much easier to be motivated to be productive when the weather is kind.
The studio faces east so the morning sun comes straight down the river and into my work space nearly every day. What could be better?