An unemployed Durham miner with time on his hands.

An unemployed Durham miner with time on his hands.

This is so good, that man and his dog are so right, and I love the background. You do these so well, Michael. It's the kind of picture that you can read what you want into it. Great.

Really super, Michael. Great washes and so atmospheric.

Thanks Lewis and Seth. There’s a few shakes of Brusho in there too.

This is so beautifully done Michael. The dog looking back, the mans shoulders...

Poignant and sense of emptiness is well caught. Even the dog seems to have a sense of despair. Once had a summer job at ICI testing coal from the Durham coastal mines.....Seaham, Easington, Blackhall, Horden.........all gone.

This is brilliant Michael! It’s as if they are both waiting for something, a pause in life. The attitude of both fit together, never to be parted. Love it!

I have to agree with all the other comments, especially Sylvia's. Brilliant work, Michael

Thank you all ladies and gents. I note all your interesting comments. This was adapted from an idea I got from a photograph in the news somewhere. When you see the pose you know you have to try and capture it because, as you say, it kind of gives a strong message. And art must be about communication as well as anything else. The Brusho helps my weaknesses.

Love this Michael. Makes me wonder what he’s thinking walking along.

A really lovely painting Michael, love the light washes.

Thanks Rachel and Linda.

I think this is quite evocative and I looked the delicate touch of brush.. I know how difficult that is to control.

Thanks Diana. I think the Brusho helps too.

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Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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