Lovely frames by Mount Art for a new series of paintings for my solo Tree.Life exhibition at Daylesford Organic farm and cafe in the Cotswolds, on from Sep 21 to Oct 6

Really need to sort myself a smarter workstation……

I have kindly been invited by Lady Bamford to exhibit 25 new paintings at Daylesford Organic Farm and Cafe in the Cotswolds. The solo Tree.Life...

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Looking forward to exhibiting with The Arborealists at The Young Gallery, Salisbury from 2 August

Joined the Shaftesbury Extinction Rebellion march, but didn't quite have the courage to take part in the lie down on Gold Hill. I take my hat off to them

Really pleased to have been selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition at Mall Galleries September 17 

Lovely work on display at the studio of energyfizzball Jonathan Garratt

Many thanks to Dark Mountain for including my work in this latest issue

Back in the greenhouse for some large tree work

Little postcard test piece for some snow work

Bees are hard at work in our hive

Big trees in the window of my Tree.Life exhibition

How to get round a curved wall problem at my Tree.Life exhibition

The Silton oak's trunk on the floor at my Tree.Life exhibition

Shocked and proud that my two pieces on show at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours are the bread in a Norman Ackroyd sandwich

Have a look in the slick Sherborne Times this month and you'll see me doing some painting. Many thanks to the Magazine and Evolver

Thanks to Beau and Brummel Magazine and Rob Ryan for including some tree paintings

Many thanks to the Blackmore Vale magazine for their usual brilliant support

Gold Hill and Joe

My only way of getting through News at Ten lately

Many thanks to the lovely Country Life magazine for mentioning my Tree.Life exhibition

Great to have been mumbling about The Sunday Times, paint and tree hugging on Tiggy Walker's Afternoon Delight programme on Abbey 104fm. Listen again here (1.10 in)

Many thanks to the lovely Dorset Magazine for featuring oak trees and paint in this months issue

Coffee shop sketches

Good idea. Lets take some pics of my 5ft x 4ft watercolour in a gale

Read all about oak trees online in my article in Resurgence……or buy the magazine. It's a treat

Thank you Evolver Magazine for the big space you gave to a big tree

Great to be a part of this lovely SGFA exhibition at Kevis House Gallery, Petworth

Many thanks to Resurgence Magazine for giving my article on oak trees so much space to spread out

Honoured to be part of the lovely SGFA Centenary book

Plein air lite……New 5ftx4ft watercolours are too big for the 'studio', so I'm working in the greenhouse

The boot's on the other foot………and this one too

Looking Forward to exhibiting work at the Kevis House Gallery in Petworth

Crikey……very pleased to have three paintings pre-selected for exhibition at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) open exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

With the taxi crew at Heathrow waiting for Mrs Cookthepainter

Looking forward to showing work at Ilminster Arts Centre as part of the Open Prizewinners Exhibition 2-19 January

Grrrrrr……

Joe's jeep

A lovely commission from a geat couple who wanted a reminder of their trip to the Galapagos Islands

Many thanks to Artist Papers for the interview about Antarctica, painting and cake

Many thanks to Blackmore Vale Magazine for printing a big picture of me having a drink

Some new larger scale tree work……I've had to move to the greenhouse for more space

My otter creeping up on Simon King who was one of the judges at the British Wildlife Open at ACEarts in Somerton. Open until November 3

Great to chat live to Steve Harris on Breakfast in Dorset on BBC Radio Solent about painting, trees and ash dieback. Listen again here (about 1.30) 

Hear me mumble on about trees and paint on Thisisalfred.com Many thanks to Keri Jones for the interview

Shocked and very proud to be awarded Best in Show at the SGFA Draw18 exhibition at The Menier Gallery, London. On until 13 October

Really proud to have two pieces selected for 166th RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, 7 Oct-25 Nov

Looking forward to exhibiting three pieces at the SGFA Draw 18 exhibition at The Menier Gallery 1-13 October

Lovely day painting at Petworth with SGFA for a show at the lovely Kevis House Gallery in March

Grrr……wish the sun would stay still somethimes. It causes havoc with moving shadows

My article in The Ecologist on the amazing new Ackroyd & Harvey artwork Ash to Ash

Standing room only at the PV of The Arborealists exhibition at Black Swan Arts in Frome

V pleased this piece will be on show with The Arborealists at their exhibition at Black Swan Arts in Frome

Very pleased to be awarded a 'Highly Commended' at the Ilminster Open at the lovely Ilminster Arts Centre

And the last one: All Greek to me No9……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No8……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No7……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No6……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No5……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No4……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No3……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No2……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

All Greek to me No1……Mystras sketches Euphoria Retreat

Some plein air painting……OK, the air is inside the The Grosvenor Hotel, but I'm still painting. Venue 66 Dorset Art Weeks until June 10

Fluffy garden visitor……young Tawny owl?

Really pleased to have made the cover of The Society of Graphic Fine Art Bulletin magazine

A bit of plein air bluebell action at Duncliffe Woods

Some sunny day sketching at Donhead St Mary

Lovely day in the woods. Lots of garlic, buzzards and pheasant about

Bugger. I missed out on the "Tallest artist, smallest painting" award at the RI exhibition at the Mall galleries on until 21 April

Some amazing work on show at the Mall Galleries on until 21 April

Very pleased that '1058: Ashmore Woods' will be on show at Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition at the Mall Galleries 6-21 April

Many thanks to the lovely Evolver magazine for the picture listing in this months issue

Many thanks to the great arts, food and leisure website Fine Times Recorder who features my latest work.

Coffee break and Tube sketches

Shameless self-promotion in Dorset Magazine for my upcoming exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery 21-27 March

Three degrees in the woods when I started painting these………brrrrr

Many thanks to Dorset Magazine for a lovely feature on painting, ash trees and March exhibitions

Looks like a day trip to London is on……Very pleased '1058: Ashmore Woods' has been selected for Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition at the Mall Galleries 6-21 April

Many thanks to The Woodland Trust for featuring my work in Broadleaf magazine

Lovely surprise: really pleased to be pre-selected for Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours competition at The Mall Galleries

Pictures from an Exhibition. Up and running at the Springhead Trust Fontmell magna SP7 0NU

Phew. A little selection of the just finished, 25 new plein air watercolours ready for upcoming show

Another bit of the office and some of my tools

Toolbox

The taxi boys and their signs at Heathrow T3

TOP TIP When painting plein air, don't use watercolour if it's raining……

Running out of room in this sketchbook: getting some weird combinations

Nice timepiece at Cliveden Hotel

Cows checking that I'm getting on OK with my plein air painting

"He didn't?" "He did." Coffee shop sketch

My set up in the forest. Perfect spot……except for the plague of insect bites……

If you go down to the woods today……you would have seen me painting

Beautiful avenue of trees at Lucknam Park Hotel

Hard at work in the office……glorious day painting Shaftesbury from the field behind our house

A bit more Beaverbrook

Beautiful Mediterranean gardens at The Beaverbrook hotel

Try a Smoking Gun cocktail in The Century bar of Gleneagles if you get the chance. Lethal

Wonderful National Trust grounds at the Hartwell Hotel

Really pleased that this painting has made it into the final round of judging for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Sleeping and working people on one of the hottest trains in the world. Air con broken as usual

Having a break from the SGFA exhibition. View of St Paul's from the Bankside gallery.

Splashing about some watercolour. The back field at sunset

A day in London

Lovely Egerton village: leaning buildings, screeching swifts. Oh and a great pub: The Barrow House

As you can see, honoured to have won 1st prize at Shaftesbury Art Centre exhibition on until 6 June

At RSPB Arne donating a cheque after the sale of this painting

La girl on the train. Zurich to Paris TGV sketching

Drawn to the frozen south: my account of sketching in Antarctica that appears in The Ecologist

Great view from the Preidlhof hotel in north Italy

Share my pain……au chocolat

If you get the chance, have a nibble here. Lucky enough to have had incredible Michael Caines meal at Lympstone Manor

So lucky to have seen a pod of Orca

Seals cloudbathing on the rocks

Some chinstrap penguins and sleeping fur seals

Careful now. This music is adictive. My latest article in The Ecologist is an interview with sound sculptor Matthew Shaw and his new work Lodge Hill

Young fur seals, Wrecked whaling ship and a breaching humpback. Amazing sights

Argentinian station 'Brown'. Beautiful calm sea

Glaciers and ice all around

First steps onto Antarctica. Gentoo penguins all around. Hand freezing sketching them

Wind dropped. Calm waters today. Freezing

First sight of Antartica. Due to land on Half Moon Island but wind too strong

Freezing on deck. Saw first iceberg. Cape petrels follwing ship. Nearly at Antarctica

Juvenile Wandering Albatross following ship. Longest wingspan in the world

On our way to Antarctica. Two days sailing across the Drake Passage. Luckily it's calm………so far

Foggy lane near Ashmore. The highest village in Dorset

Sketching on the train. Wearing glass was compulsory that day

View across the field to Writh Farm

Sue stewarding at Iminster Arts Centre

The wonderful Pig on the Beach in Studland

Looking towards Old Harry Rocks from Studland beach……there are one or two (literally) seahorses in that sea

Coffee break outside Ilminster Arts Centre where the Open Prizewinners' Exhibition is on until 21st January

Many thanks to Matt Faulkner and BBC Somerset for featuring my paintings at the Ilminster Open Prizewinners' Exhibition. Review appears at 54mins in here

Oh come on! That's not fair. How are we painters supposed to compete against this sort of thing?……a Shaftesbury sunset

Me being an exhibitionist at the Ilminster Open Prizewinner's Exhibition from the 3rd to 21st of January

Proud my otter and seahorse paintings are swimming alongside some lovely David Parfitt, Deborah Westmancoat and David Smith works at the Quartz Arts Festival exhibition in Taunton from 16-22 December

My way of getting through X-factor

The gorgeous Zoomorphic magazine publishes stories, essays and poetry on wildlife and I'm really pleased to be featured in this issue

12 inches …… a foot

Near Stonehenge the other day there were two massive flocks of now endangered Lapwing. The most I've seen in years

Luckily I have the right equipment for painting otters underwater……

On the train. The man opposite is catching up on his emails

Environmental photographer Edward Parker's new book on Ancient Trees of the National Trust is the focus of my latest Ecologist article

Beer glass

Great to have the support of The Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP at the Green Creates exhibition. Many thanks for the photo Alex Moira

Dead or asleep? On the 2220 from Waterloo

Very pleased that 'Canary in the coal mine' was bought by a mystery bidder in the 'Green Creates' exhibition and auction

Great to meet Natalie Bennett at the 'Green Creates' exhibition and auction at Hoxton Arches. 50 international artists including Grayson Perry, Gavin Turk, Lesley Hilling, Ralph Steadman, Andy Goldsworthy on show until 24 October

Steetview from the lovely Connaught Hotel

More than one of your five a day here. The Connaught looking after your health

Cliveden Hotel's lovely back garden

Some stonework at Cliveden

Some birds, a beetle and a buzzard (not to scale)

The bottle of Bath Ales Gem just didn't look right with the top on

S is for Seahorse. They are available for adoption from the Dorset Wildlife Trust here

Electricity off all this morning. It frequently happens round here, so I had to sit in a coffee shop to charge up my phone

Toaster. Does its job well

Really pleased to have won a Highly Commended award at the Ilminster 2016 Open

Lucas

My first piece for The Ecologist as their Artist in Residence is on Kurt Jackson and his 'Bees (and the odd wasp) in my Bonnet' exhibition. Lovely and important work

My polar bear is Image of the month in the August issue of the Society of Graphic Fine Art Journal

Proud to be elected as an associate member of The Society of Graphic Fine Art. I even have a page here to prove I'm not making it up

Sketch of Helm Crag from the lovely Forest Side hotel

Thanks to everyone for their support for my recent Dorset Art Weeks exhibition. It was great to see some red dots before my eyes

Coffee break sketch at the exhibition

Pepper the exhibition/farm dog thinks the show is a snooze. Decide for yourself. Find me here

Pot. Kettle. Black

Ink sketch

Handed over cheque at the Living Planet Centre to the brilliant WWF. I give 10% of every sale to an appropriate charity and I can't think of a...

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Always draw from what you know . . . .

Sketch of our nut snack jar. I count the contents as one of my five a day

Sketch of Salisbury cathedral cloisters. I love cedar trees

Tea break sketch

Periparus ater – coal tit – eating honeysuckle berries

The elephant in the room sketches

Sleeping beauty . . . must've been at those Red Devil apples

Red Devil apple from the orchard. Classic Snow White bait

Hollyhock seed head

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