I spend a lot of my time these days painting and drawing – after what turned out to be a four-decade gap year after art college. It is mostly digital these days – who wouldn’t want to be able to use chalk on top of oil paint without waiting weeks for it to dry? So I have great fun with the likes of MyPaint and Painter 12 and the lovely ancient PainterClassic (when it doesn’t crash with the dreaded “bad bytefile swap” message).

So, nearly 50 years on I finally listened to my wonderful art college tutor Neil Shawcross and started to “look, really look at the ordinary things like wet streets and see what happens to light.”

Go to my Facebook photo gallery (click on Albums and then Painting and mucking about) to see what I’ve been trying to do with his advice.