Rolling Stones rhythm guitarist Ronnie Wood takes his sideline career as an artist seriously - insisting its not just another stereotypical rock star hobby.

The former FACES star is exhibiting a triptych painting of his famous pals, including SIR Mick Jagger, Joan Collins and Kate Moss, at London's ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - and is keen to emphasise his artistic credentials.

He says, "I always knew that when I got back to doing art, people would think, 'Oh, here's another rock star trying to turn his hand to something else.' But I knew I could paint. I knew it was something I was good at."

And Ronnie reveals an unexpectedly sedate side of touring with the Stones - they while away the hours pursuing artistic endeavours.

He reveals, "CHARLIE (WATTS)' always bloody drawing something, mainly the food people leave on their plates or the view from the hotel windows. Keith (RICHARDS) just sits down and makes a sketch of someone in the room, or something."

17/09/2003 17:27