“What the world needs now…


…is love, sweet love

It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of

What the world needs now is love, sweet love

No, not just for some, but for everyone.

Lyrics by Hal David

Mixed media on paper. ©Dark and Bright Art 2017




Today, protesters are leaving empty shoes in public spaces in cities across the world to raise awareness of the debilitating illness M.E. The shoes represent the #MillionsMissing.

Millions of people worldwide, missing from the lives they want to live.

Millions of pounds/dollars/euros, missing from serious, rigorous biomedical research.

To find out more please visit meaction.net or millionsmissing.org

Or look out for empty pairs of shoes in your city, and say hi to the protesters!




Art journal page using coloured ink, wax crayon, biro, watercolour pencil, and words from ‘Sometimes’ by Sheenagh Pugh. My mum’s had this poem pinned up at home for about 20 years, but it never stops feeling relevant, and hopeful. Every time it says “man”, feel free to add “or woman”, if that’s what’s happening in your part of the world!

Reach out

World quote page

“The world is not respectable, it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded for ever, but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter.”  – George Santayana

Sketchbook page, watercolour and coloured pencil with collaged text.



Stormy Skies

Oil on canvas, 61 x 61cm

Sometimes I know when a painting is finished – there’s a sort of “Ta-dah!” moment when there’s not a thing more to be done. Sometimes I’m less sure and have to force myself to down tools or I’ll carry on painting forever. This was one of the latter occasions. I’m going to hide this painting from myself and look at it again in a few weeks’ time.

© Dark and Bright Art 2013