AS this blog is read only by the cultured and cultivated, I expect all you good folk out there have heard of the artistic process known as collage.
This is a method of assembling a picture by sticking pieces of paper on top of another, adding ink or paint where desired to achieve a satisfying whole.
This, my first-ever collage, came about after I bought a book of cheap coloured paper from Lidl, the German superstore.
Using blue and brown paper, I composed a city scene in rough form, then added detail with marker crayons and gel pens.
The result is pleasing cityscape in a simple, no-nonsense format, hinting at the primitive, but in truth quite sophisticated in its own way.
A hundred years from now, I confidently predict it will fetch at least eighty quid in a country auction, with experts describing it as 'an early collage from the well-known dabbler, dauber and dilettante known as John Marquis.'
Place your order now to avoid disappointment. The print edition will be limited to fifty copies. It's called City at Dusk.