March 2022

Inspired by a poem


The Rolling English Road

by G K Chesterton


Before the Roman came to Rye, or out to Severn strode

The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.

A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,

And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;

A merry road, a mazy road and such as we did tread

The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.



I have been doing a series of drawings of local roads.  

I love a road that dips and rises again; that wanders about, twisting and turning, so that you are never quite sure what lies just out of sight.

I am in Barnet, on the edge of London, but could that be the sea over the hill?  Will there be a vast lake round the corner?  Are those clouds or mountains in the distance?


I've looked for roads which intrigue me in this way.  


In the process I've learnt a lot, especially about the structure of cars!  It has been a good way to spend some time in the comfort of my own car, drawing and recording some of the places I know and love.







 April 2021

Art in the Time of Covid 

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