Wednesday, 4 October 2017

postcard sized art

having a few very busy days at the moment, which I will update you all with later next week. 

 I have been working on a couple of postcard sized paintings, Yes! postcard size!
Probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Not the plein air painting, Oh no, that was a breeze compared to this. 
It is all in a good cause, raising money for a charity in Mere, wilts. 
its an art exhibition of postcard sized paintings where signatures will be on the reverse and visitors will be able to purchase these for £45.00 each. 
You will have to be good to spot your favourite artist's work. 
This will take place in November, so more info will come very soon. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Budleigh trees.- ( W.I.P.)

Watch this space, here is my latest project.
These are the trees on the rocky ridge at Budleigh Salterton, in Devon.
 I have always loved these trees, and have taken lots of photos of them over the years and thought
 it was about time to tackle them in my own style, so this is about a third of the whole painting.
 I still have a lot of pebbles and reflections to add to it yet, so it will be a while before you see it uploaded in its entirety. I think its gonna work, ya know!


My apologies to Westbury art group for taking a while to update this to the blog,
 I have been rather busy with work. 

I must say thank you to Hazel O'hara and the other members for inviting me back to the art group in Westbury, Wilts last monday afternoon. 
what a great venue, so light and airy, although I also have fond memories of it in the church hall where it was a bit more cozy there. 
It was such a treat to come back, after being a member for so many years and see so many old friends again, and of course lots of hugs and kisses. 
I do miss you all, but after moving further away, it was often difficult to get there during the winter months, but I must say it was a privilege sharing my knowledge with all of you. 

Each person worked from a black and white image, - I offered a choice of 6 different ones, then they had to create a painting using their own colours and interpretation.
You can see the colour images on the board next to me, just in case they needed a little reference,and we approached it as a step by step guide.

Some of the class working hard on their coastlines.

I love it at the end of the class, when we put up all the paintings, and compare the different interpretations. Quite often the class will groan, and mutter, "oh no, please!"
But once they see the results, they are slightly more chuffed about their efforts. 
Good effort class, in 2 hours you should all be very proud of what you achieved. 
Well done, and keep practicing. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


Saturday 9th of september was a bit of a mixed day, at sculptures by the lakes plein air festival, organised by artist Stephen Yates.

As you can imagine, it was a difficult day, with the showers coming over us in waves.
It started out really well, with the sun shining, and I had managed a pen and wash sketch
to plan out my painting. As soon as I got my paints out of the bag that was it!. 
By lunchtime I was sitting under an umbrella, trying to balance everything with only 2 hands!
It was so lovely to see the visitors supporting us, and taking an interest in what we do, even though the weather became even more trying later with thunder storms. 
 By that time I had called it a day, had a late lunch, and gave up. I managed to get some pretty dramatic photographs to work from at a later date, but I have a bit of a phobia 
about thunderstorms, (having a few near misses as a child,) so walking around the lake was well out of my comfort zone!  
Unfortunately not as many artists joined in this time, I think due to the unpredictable weather, but I found several of them dotted around doing lovely work, one of which I have 
been informed, has now been sold. I now have to finish mine at home. 

If you scroll down, 2 posts you will read about the last plein air fest at 
sculpture by the lakes, Pallington, nr Dorchester.DT2 8QU

Pen and wash sketch 
After the storm.
This is as far as the weather would let me paint! 

Monday, 31 July 2017


Image result for cove gallery weymouth

It was my turn to do MEET THE ARTIST, at The Cove gallery, Trinity street, Weymouth, this saturday. I didnt realise it was the bank holiday weekend, but it was great fun, and lots of people to chat to about art. Especially the younger generation, who were interested in getting into art. We talked about pen and ink washed sketches, and drawing skills, and they seemed to like my sketchbooks.
As you can see, I set up camp, - well studio, in the corner of the shop and people could watch me painting through the window. It was funny to start with, as I wanted to wave at them, but I continued with my painting, and gradually got used to it. 
I even had a few friends drop in to give moral support. 

I went to Weymouth a week before this, delivering greetings cards to the gallery and I also planning to get some more sketches of these 2 boats, which are always parked in the same place, but of course, not on the day I went there! They had moved further down, behind one another, as i think it was a busy time for sailing that day.  I was glad I got photos and sketches in the past to work from.

This will be the 4th time I have painted this harbour now, (which I affectionately call Ballymoray as someone once said that's what my little houses looked like!)
 I did say never again, but I suppose I can't resist it, as its so pretty. 

Ballymoray!  (weymouth Morning, 
available as limited edition prints at Cove gallery).

Looking through
 the window.
My workspace in the gallery window

Close up of the harbour buildings detail.

Sunday, 23 July 2017


Sculptures by the Lakes,
 Pallington, Near Dorchester in Dorset, DT2 8QU  this is a beautiful location.
Organised by artist Stephen Yates,this pleinair festival was well attended. 
 I can tell you this was such a fun event, even though I know a few of us were a bit nervous how we were going to cope, being away from the comfort of our studios! 
 Plein Air  means artists are expected to show up with their painting equipment and find a scene to paint in situ, and hopefully finish a picture or 2 between 10am and 5pm, we were so lucky with the weather, only having a couple of spots of rain in the afternoon. 
There were around 20 artists dotted around the grounds and a great number of visitors came along and supported us. I love to chat to anyone interested in art so it was really interesting to get the imput.
People could buy work directly from the artists, I heard of 1 that had sold, but still getting the feedback about it all. 
I think it was a successful day and we are all looking forward to the next one. 
The next date for this is Saturday 9th September, so if you missed this one you have another chance to catch us in action.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Art@eype exhibition

Just completed the art@eype exhibition, down near Bridport, Dorset.
 Had a great time with all the other participants, sitting round the table 
at lunchtimes discussing what we do next. -Which up and coming exhibitions 
and opens exhibitions to enter, and of course how to become successful!
It was a little sad when we packed everything away, and all said goodbye, 
but I know we will all keep in touch through the Dorset facebook site. 

 Here is my own bit of space and I was grateful to my partner who helped me hang 
some of them. It was a really high standard of work and there were lots of sales.

I was very lucky that I managed to book a few days holiday at the campsite next 
door so I didn't have to drive every day. The weather was gorgeous and we 
were so grateful that it didn't rain on our trailer tent.
 Altogether it was a very enjoyable weekend, and as I have always had a bit of 
a phobia about thunderstorms, I felt so happy that I was back at home before it 
all kicked off. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017


The painting has been finished and one coat of varnish put on. just look at that shine!

This is one of the hardest parts, as it has been so hot, 
and I was unsure how the varnish would react with drying time, sometimes it goes
 tacky but not dry in this heat.
 It was cooler outside, but really stuffy and warm in the studio and I had to keep 
the windows and door closed while varnishing in the late evening. 
Living in the woods, you get a lot of insects attracted to the lights, and moths are 
the worst.  I need to keep them out or they may settle and get stuck to the painting. 
I suppose it would be called mixed media then! yuk!

Here is the finished article, needs one more coat of varnish again tonight, then its all
 ready to appear at the art@eype exhibition 14th - 16th July.  
10 till 5 friday and saturday,  and til 4 on sunday.
If you are in the area, please pop in and see us, I know it will be a very high 
standard of work, as I know most of the artists there. 
You can also read more about it if you go to their facebook page art@eype. 


New mural at grove arms, Ludwell.

Had a very busy couple of weeks since the art trail finished.
Last week in the lovely hot weather, I re-instated the mural for the beer garden at the Grove arms, Ludwell.
Really enjoyed doing this, as they allowed me to take my time and pace myself which is what its all about with my fybromyalgia. I could sit down for this one.
Thoroughly enjoyed the banter with the locals and visitors staying as well, and even though it was work in the shade I now have a great suntan to show for it!
I used to do a lot of this sort of work, but sadly had to give it up as it became to much for me.
This was a sort of present, to the landlady Nina Bartlett.

If you scroll further down this blog you will see the origin mural painted almost a year ago. You can compare the two.

This is a really welcoming pub which has some lovely food, also won awards for its dog friendly status.
Of course you can still see my artwork on display there too.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

solitary oak, and misty morning glow

This painting on the right has just recently been completed, its a bit of a mixed media thing I think. It has gilding flakes, mica paste and glass bead paste on it, just for a change.
This is called The Solitary Oak. 
Both paintings measure 20" x 30"

The image on the left has just been completed, and I am really pleased with the misty effect of the background trees.
This is called Misty Morning Glow.

framed limited edition signed prints

Signed limited edition prints are still available if you would like to contact me for more info. 
As you can see, I still have a few of the larger ones in white frames, and several black ones. 
I only have the smaller ones in black at the moment though. 
Each one is numbered and has my signature in pencil under the print on the right hand side.
Of course these are also available with just the mount, wrapped in a cellephane sleeve, 
or just the print on its own, which would be posted in a tube. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Stourhead reflection, different style.

Stourhead reflections. 

I have had a lot of feedback about this painting since I posted it onto facebook the other day.  I keep being asked "how do you get it so glass like?" And "can I teach others to do it?" 
It started out as a demo piece for an art group, where one afternoon in my studio I Just picked up a big flat brush and went straight onto the canvas, no drawing whatsoever,
 Being really bold.
When I finished I was pleased and surprised as it did'nt look like it was painted by me! It is not my usual style but I am glad I have finally loosened up and had fun.' 

First I chose my reflection line using the third and two thirds principle,  placing a piece of masking tape on the bottom edge of this line which will be the waters edge.  
Next I painted a basecoat of orange where the trees would be worked over the top. This was to give a warm autumnal feeling to the painting as some of the colour shows through, then I filled in my sky colour.
 I added the trees and temple, working the paint up to the edge of the masking tape where the water begins.

Once dry I peeled off my masking tape to reveal a good straight edge to work up to.
 I covered the area of reflection in a dark green/brown 
Mixture of paint, working the reflected shapes in a slightly lighter mix loosely into the Wet paint. I use a flat brush dragging the colour down from top to bottom adding lighter
Colour and highlights, building the shapes gradually, elongating them slightly.

My painting is almost completed. I have added the light colour in the foreground for the reflection of the sky. Plus a couple of thin lines across the water to give it that glass like finish.
This is the view across the lake of the temple at the national trust stourhead gardens in wiltshire.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Stourhead reflections

Just completed this painting in acrylics which measures 20" x 16"
Based on a photograph taken one very cold autumn day at stourhead gardens.
 The fog started to come down and made the lake like a sheet of glass, and I remember how 
still and quiet it was. I captured this just before twighlight set in.

This is a demonstration piece for an art group I am teaching in a couple of weeks time.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

portland seasons

 My winter project is finally complete... 

 Over the last few months I have been working from many photographs, in my studio, trying to capture the moods of each season for this collection of paintings of portland Bill.
They are now for sale at Cove gallery in Weymouth, but you need to hurry if you like them as Autumn has already been sold. 
Limited edition Signed prints are available if you contact me as they are not yet at the gallery.
You could even have the four printed like this.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Autumn Gilding

This is quite a large painting, which I really enjoyed working on. I think it was the tree that 
initially caught my eye, (as usual!) but also the rolling countryside, which I haven't really turned my attention to just lately. 
inspired by a camping trip to Dorset back in September, I was really itching to get started on this painting which measures 20" x 30"

Studying reference photos, I draw out my planned image loosely with white chalk, I often 
draw out lots of small thumbnails in my rough sketch book, to see how it works composition 
wise, and if the whole thing flows comfortably. 

Because this painting is so detailed and busy, I decided to give it a plain quiet sort of sky.
 creating a part of the picture where the eye can rest.
Next I added the glue where I wanted my gilding flakes to be, and after the glue has gone
 tacky I stick them on with a dry paintbrush. I leave them for a while to set in place,
and go painting a different part, I know I can rub off the excess once 
it is all completely dry. 

I don't really have a plan when I paint these big pictures.
Sometimes I will try to be more structured and plan how I will work. 
Maybe from the top down, but in this case I painted the sky then the tree, 
then concentrated on the foreground finishing with the bottom right corner and the pathway.
I have recently taken this painting and 2 others to be photographed professionally,
ready for the Wylye valley art trail which runs from 27th may 2017 to 4th June 2017, 
you can see more info on their website and this painting will represent our venue
 in the trail book.