It's a been a day of intense thinking, consolidating and mulling. Seeing Rob at the weekend has reinstated the importance of steering a true course when it comes to painting and the dangers of veering off course in search of approval. His eye is, as ever, unique, stretched and questioning. His glance is sideways and alert to true passages of colour and intuited mark marking. I am inspired to tread dangerously, to tip-toe precariously along steep edges of thought and visual thinking. To get things started I I gave my self several minutes this morning to study the view from the Udimore Road to Winchelsea beach, a 3 mile vista of sudden slopes, patterned fields shooting out to rulers edge of sea in the distance, certainly a subject and certainly a challenge.