The Crack

This drawing represents man’s insatiable appetite for discovery
be it what grows
at the bottom of the deepest sea
or the contents of a wrapped present
the cure for killer disease or what our neighbour is up to
whether there is life on the moon
or what is to be found
if you go through this crack
The size or importance of the unknown
is irrelevant
it is the quest for the answer which is vital
and irresistibly exciting
Mankind is driven by a great and powerful urge to investigate
all that is not yet known
no matter how trivial, painful or dangerous that search might be
It is possible that it is this urge which makes mankind great
and that this urge has moved us from the stone-age cave
to the sophistication of our lives today

Today’s questions are just different……………………?

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1/500
1999
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Success is what you make it

This drawing is a fun look at success and how to achieve it in three easy steps
– whether it it be
passing a school exam, winning at the olympics, making your first million by the time you are 30 or reaching 40 with your sense of humour in tact!
In some countries education is not available to all – Therefore if you do have the opportunity, seize it and make the most of it – your best is good enough. The olympic motto is that taking part is a goal in itself and each step along the way is a bigger success – remember only very few win gold.
Striving for wealth to some degree is a universal urge though few make millions! But do enjoy what you accumulate to the full and
‘Life is supposed to begin at 40’ so celebrate it!!!!
Remember it is also said that
‘Not until 50 will you have the time to enjoy Life’
so keep your sense of humour, you will need it and
treat all birthdays as another success!
If each small success is enjoyed and celebrated,
confidence grows and as everyone knows
‘Success breeds success’
Three steps to Success:-
Be Ready – Be in the Right Place at the Right Time –
Grasp the Opportunity when it comes

Step 1 – Get Ready
In this drawing The Stairs represent The Hard way to get Ready:-That is with hard work and long hours.

The pulley represents the Easy way to get Ready :- That is if you have enormous talent or If you have inherited wealth and power or If you already have had success and are going back for more.
With these advantages the work required to be Ready is of course less.

Step 2 – Be in the right place at the right time

The platform leading to the slide represents The Right Place at the Right Time –
You can go straight to the slide or spend some time in the ‘Networking Cafe’

Step 3 – Grasp the opportunity when it comes
The Slide represents what you have to do to grasp an opportunity –
Remember to keep your eyes open for the right opportunity –
You must not go so fast
that you fall of – Be careful not to get dizzy and do not grasp the wrong balloon
(Nobody said it was easy!)
Opportunities are represented by balloons.
The source of the opportunities are:-
Chance, Destiny, Luck and Fate and they are sent down at random.
Those not caught, end up in the boxes at the bottom labelled – LOST OPPORTUNITIES
If you fail you just get up and try again.
If you succeed you bring your balloon to the Success Tunnel – But beware there are occupants of ‘Begrudgers Lane’ and ‘Self Pity Street’ with sharp pins ready to burst your balloon if they can. Inside the tunnel you divide into categories of success such as Instant, Overnight, Long Term, Sustained or Passing
(If your success is financial you are then inspected by the VAT MAN and the TAX MAN)
and then sent on to Celebrate and Enjoy your successes (or what is left of them!)
You then choose to rest or go back and try for more success.Success is what you make it
The road to great success is often paved with smaller ones.

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2000
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Tranquility

When there is hustle and bustle
all around you
Rise above it
When you are at peace with yourself
Tranquillity is possible
from within

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1/500
2001
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Follow your dream

If there is something your heart longs for…
If you have always wanted to learn……..
If you have always wanted to see……..
If you have always wanted to be……..
or
If you have a dream
No matter how big or how small
And even though that dream
May seem to be beyond your reach
If you give it your all
You never know what you might achieve
If you have a dream…..
…..Follow it!

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1/750
2018
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Leadership

Raw power exists in untold abundance
within the elements of our world
One of Mankind’s greatest powers
is imagination
The ability to take a jump into the unknown
To have faith and trust in ourselves
To seek and find out
what lies beyond
the end of knowledge
Harnessing these powers
Unifying and leading them
in an inspired direction –
has been and still is
the road to our futures
Leadership is
essential to progress

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1/750
2007 
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Getting to the top

This drawing is a light-hearted look at getting to the ”top”
which to most of us means happiness
or at least the wherewithal to be happy
Work is usually needed but
there are many ways of getting up
You could get a job in a large organisation
as represented here
by a pyramid of people
lots of rising levels but
only room for one at the top
Or join an organisation
where duration of employment
allows access to the top – one step at a time
represented here by ladders
Why not create a Partnership
Two or more can join together
and help each other up
represented here by three people
and a pulley system
Perhaps a son following a father to the next level
pulled up by workers
Invent something and let “It”
take you to the top!
Or start your own business
represented here by the person wearing suction cups
(Not just a good idea but lots of hard work as well)
Be catapulted to the top
Win the lottery or become a Film/Pop Star
Fight your way up with hard work and dedication
be a sports person represented here as a rock climber
some even carry hangers-on
family/Coach get a free ride!
Others fight alone
Some are born at the top represented here
by the helicopter of a self-made man
depositing his children at the top
or by a pregnant woman
representing Family Wealth/Royalty
Inevitably some fall by the wayside
thru’ tiredness or accident
Bribery is not uncommon,
jumping the queue, blackmail,
extortion even murders do happen!
But break the law and you will get caught
– eventually –
as is the person with his back to the wall
people asking questions
and waving papers at him!
Others stay on the ground always only
planning what to do……..some day……soon
Often when a comfortable level is found
people stop and stay there
Some people even decide that the top
is not where they want to be
There are more important things in life
than success or wealth
Remember
If you spend your life working to attain
or maintain wealth/success and fail
or even if you succeed
When do you enjoy life?
Was it worth it?
Don’t forget – work does not stop
when you get to the top
Staying up there
becomes the problem
Of course for some it is the “climb”
which makes them happy!!!
550mm x 450mm – Large – 1997
Limited Edition Print 1/500
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The Four Seasons set of 4

Spring
In spring everyone wakes up those in the topsoil uncurl themselves and move down to the subsoil and join others there who are waking up from their winter sleep.
Together they start moving up through the roots – into the trunk and steadily up through the branches
to form tiny new baby leaves
Momentum is building up
for the rush of summer

Summer
In Summer activity is frantic – Everyone is awake and full of energy
The new leaves made in spring grow quickly
Movement from the topsoil to the subsoil is hurried
as they join long queues waiting impatiently to get into the roots
movement up though the trunk and the branches is fast and excited
The leaves on the branches quickly reach maturity

Autumn
In Autumn the mature leaves of summer turn colour and begin to fall
They join those already in the topsoil and begin settling themselves into place for winter
Movement from the topsoilis slow – almost stopped
Nearly all energy is spent.
Most of those in the subsoil
are getting ready to sleep
while the few entering the roots and those already in the trunk and the branches are preparing for winter
There is little movement
except for leaves falling…..

Winter
Winter – All the branches are bare
The leaves which fell in Autumn have settled into the topsoil
the subsoil is asleep
All movement has stopped
Those in the roots, trunk and branches prepare for the long cold winter
by wrapping their arms around themselves and huddling together
Everyone waits for Spring

Set of 4 – 45x64cm Large – Limited Editions 1/250
1996
Limited Edition Print 1/250
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Matching Edition Numbers – 14 Sets left
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Quantum leap

History is written as we live it
Slow steady progress inevitably inexorably
takes each of us forward
But sometimes…….
When we reach for something much higher
When we stretch our resolve even further
When we push past previous limits……
to beyond
just sometimes….
It is possible to exceed all expectations……
to realise our very dreams

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1/750
2010
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No longer an only child

Our only son wanted a brother or sister
but when expecting a second child there is the worry
will he feel unwanted or resent having to share his parents
with a new baby who needs a lot of attention ?
This little story was to show that an only child can get what he wants
a brother or sister to play with
and still be equally loved………………………….

In the beginning there were a couple
who had a baby whom they loved
then they got pregnant
and had another baby
who needed a lot of attention
but they still loved their first child just as much
and became an even more happy family!

(Now no-one has to sleep in a room all alone)
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2015
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Take the plunge

The people on the ledges represent
those ready to take the plunge!
The height, from which you step off into the unknown,
represent the level of difficulty you are attempting
The rectangular columns below
represent the options you are attempting
and the spaces between represent failure
The people at the very top are gambling all
hoping for the greatest reward
The blindfolded couple on the right
are hoping to get married
The ones on the lowest ledges
are only taking a small chance
hoping to get away without a parachute
some do – some don’t
Both the “ Give up the day job” and the “Promotion”
columns have someone just climbing on to them
and someone else hanging on to the attempt
by their fingertips – They all make it
but sometimes it takes a huge effort
The person jumping up and down has just won the Lotto
and those sitting or lying down are taking a rest
before continuing the fight
The blindfolds represent the enormity of the attempt
Taking on a partner for the rest of your life
is a huge gamble – you can not possibly know how you both develop and change through all those years – although when it does work – it is great
The parachutes represent preparation, readiness or support from outside – For example if it is a ground breaking new business venture you are attempting then if you cover all the possibilities and use caution you can succeed – Or if your marriage is in trouble there are Friends/family/councillors and if all else fails divorce – to save you – Listed above are options – there are several empty columns so feel free – add your own
We are constantly faced with opportunities and decisions and there must be something
you have always wanted to try
If you do not try, you can not succeed
So go on!
Take the plunge….now

 

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2000
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Against all odds

This is the one that goes……
After being struck by lightning, the ground falling out from under you
while being stuck on a ledge with a poisonous snake having to swing out of a rope which is too short
over shark infested waters and expected to swing tarzan style onto an impossibly precarious platform
from which you are expected to dive into a river
which immediately turns into a roaring waterfall inhabited by a large white hungry bear
with only a log to cling on to as you traverse the afore mentioned shark infested water
and then to be greeted on the beach by a friendly native AND a tiger……
The next chapter would then begin……..
After escaping all the perils our hero…………………..
But it is true that no matter how dire the current catastrophy seems to be
Against all odds mankind has a knack of surviving
Heros pluck drowning children from swollen rivers
and Mothers lift impossible weights to save thier children
A few days after you thought there was no way out
You wonder why you worried at all
So if things look bad now……. hold on

 

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1/500
2000
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Against all odds

If you are having a bad day

or week or year

Where bad turns to worse

and Life is uphill

When things look bleak

where ends just won’t meet

Look on the bright side and always

remember………

No matter how dire

the current calamity seems to be

Against all odds mankind

has a knack of surviving!

Heros pluck drowning children

from swollen rivers and

Mothers lift impossible

weights to save their children

So take heart!

The day WILL come

when looking back

You wonder why you worried at all

So if things look bad now…….

just hold on!!

©
Limite Edition Print
1/750
2015
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