Nicholas Panayi (see links) e-mailed me a pencil sketch by Titian which propelled me to make this painting (oil pastels on paper, 17 x 12 cms, 2006) . I could have used one of my own sketches but no - I nicked this one of Titian's. It spoke to me. I do steal odd things from other artists from time to time without acknowledgement or apology because i know full well such theft is actually impossible. It goes without saying that Sig. Tiziano Vecelli has nothing to fear from me. All my work comes out inevitably and automatically in my own "handwriting". This is why I can never understand the obsession with originality and the cries of "painting is dead - there is nothing new left to discover..". In fact there is plenty old left to discover .. how much have we forgotten? I just believe every creative spirit is unique and therefore entirely original. I guess borrowings from others are the way we carry our traditions from generation to generation. I need to feel connected to that process. So here I present a small, simple painting of my own, inspired by Titian.