In 2017 I decided to open my website with my monthly 'Journal' page instead of the traditional 'bio' Here I endeavour to explain some useful knowledge pertaining to the creation of a visual piece using photography and examples.


Every now and again the photos within this website will be changed (so do please check them occasionally!) but as this isn't done every month the Journal page was created so that each month there is something new to read and see!


(Links to previous News Letters can be found at the bottom of the page.)



Recently we took a trip to Bermuda to visit friends. It's an island we have known for over 30 years and it is always wonderful to see again. There is lots of interesting sites to visit, and lots to learn because Bermuda's history is long and varied. It's history is considered officially to start around 1609 when Admiral George Somers became separated form the British fleet that had left Plymouth, England, for Jamestown, Virginia and was shipwrecked on Bermuda. Everyone survived so they built two new ships, The Deliverance and The Patience, from the remains of the wrecked Sea Venture and cedar found on the island. They were able to survive due to the presence of wild pigs and abundance of natural food on the island. The shipwrecked people eventually managed to leave and get to Jamestown. Sir George Somers returned to Bermuda but died there before he could return to England.

In 1612 settlers were sent to Bermuda by the Virginia Company of England and began official settlement of the island.


In 1818 the Royal Navy Dockyard, Bermuda officially replaced the Royal Navy Dockyard, Halifax Canada as the British Headquarters for the North America and West Indies Station. 350 convicts came to Bermuda on prison ships to help build the Naval Dockyard. Bermuda was a vital strategic position for the British Navy and has a very long military history. In both World Wars Bermuda served as a staging area for transatlantic convoys.


There is no open supplies of fresh water on Bermuda though a few people do have wells. Water is collected on the roofs and stored in large tanks under buildings. The roofs in Bermuda are all a distinctive white and kept in excellent repair as they provide an essential water collection function that is necessary of living. When you live on Bermuda you are very water conscious and do not waste a drop. When a big rain storm comes in (top left photo), hearing the tank filling up is very satisfying!!


The colour of the island is like a rainbow has exploded and landed! The buildings are all vibrant colours, the roofs bright white, the foliage multi shades of green and the abundance of flowers are all colours. The birds and fish are also very colourful. Bermuda is also known for the deep turquoise sea (top right photo) and pink sand that is made up of tiny pieces of coral.


The island is only 22 square miles which is the same size as Toronto airport, Canada, or Lambeth Borough Council in London, England! It is 3 miles wide at the widest point but then tapers off to very narrow ends. From the sky you can see how the island is formed from the top edges of an ancient volcano.


Top left is St Georges and shows the houses and replica of HMS Deliverance.


Top right is the clock tower at the Dockyard.


Left shows an insignia and date during the reign of Queen Victoria marking the completion of one of the buildings in the dockyard.

I always enjoy using pencil as a medium for drawing detailed portraits. The pencil blends nicely and is very effective. These are pictures of our English Cocker Spaniel - partially complete and then finished.

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