Hello, I’m Martin Swan.
Welcome to my website. I hope you will find it enjoyable and interesting.
The site has been designed by my nephew, Matthew – a handsome young man now living in Australia and married to a nice Australian girl called Jo. He has provided me with an administration system sufficiently simple for a Neanderthal of my caliber to operate. Thus I am able to change the content of the site without bothering him. What I can’t do is alter the fundamentals, change the look of the thing or delete certain features I no longer like or re-arrange others. For instance, I would like to have the archive section on the homepage, but I don’t know how to move it there. So it remains largely out of sight, available only via the “Select a Category” button (top RHS). I’m waiting for him to visit me and introduce me to the fundamentals.
Update May 2013. He has visited and we didn’t talk about the website and so the fundamentals remain the same.
I have just added a Commissions section. This is to highlight the fact that I willingly undertake commissions, should anyone ask me. Most subjects considered, in any painting medium. I can be contacted about this via the Homepage. As I don’t normally photograph these works there are only three paintings to show. Latest update – there are now four pictures in this section following a commission from a firm of London lawyers. See “Siam”.
Update Febuary 2014
“I’m also up for a commission from the Sultanate of Oman. This is yet to be confirmed, but if it does come my way, it will be for two large oil paintings of traditional Omani boats. This will keep me busy in April.”
This quote from my update of one year ago (Feb 2013). I did get the commission, but not until July. The material didn’t arrive until November. Various other delays meant that I didn’t actually start the paintings until the end of January. A month later, though, and they’re coming along nicely and should be finished before keeping me busy THIS April.
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