Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain SOLD

Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain SOLD
This painting is currently displayed as part of The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. SOLD

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Snow White and Rose Red II

Its been a while since I painted the first version, always meant to paint more in this theme.
These roses are from my garden, from one bush, my husband has a new hobby... grafting as many different coloured roses onto one bush. At the moment we have yellow, white, red, lilac and pink, all growing at the same time.

Snow White and Rose Red II
Oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Hope

Without a doubt, its hope that keeps us going and keeps us moving.


Hope
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Something Cool

We're in the middle of a heat wave and I felt like painting something cool.


Something Cool
oil on oil paper
5"x 7"

Monday, 29 June 2015

Retro Rose

I've been meaning to go back to painting teacups for quite a while now, and it makes a nice change from glass. Also I've been appreciating the foliage as well as the flower.
Retro Rose
oil on oil paper
8" x 10"

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Painted on a Rainy Sunday Morning

Total bliss, time to paint, beautiful gentle sound of summer rain.

Painted on a Rainy Sunday Morning
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"
Photo of Minnie spark out


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Kindness

I am blessed to have good neighbours, and they are cottoning on to the fact that I paint roses. :  )

This rose was very kindly given to me, an incredibly sweet smelling rose.

Kindness
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"

Friday, 26 June 2015

Home is Where the Heart is

I am most definitely a home person, and I love houseplants, they look beautiful and they purify the air.
Home is Where the Heart is
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"
 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Take Rest

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  ~Ovid

Take Rest
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Time Out

Time Out
Oil on oil paper
8"x 10"
 

Last week I was invited to stay at a friends in Brighton, it was only for two days, but it gave me time out and an opportunity to take plenty of photos.

 
 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Canterbury Bells

How hard can these flowers be!  I had to scrape three times before I was happy with the result.
Canterbury Bells in Glass Vase II
Canterbury Bells in Glass Vase
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"
Then I went a little mad and painted another three versions.
Canterbury Bells in Glass Vase III
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"
Canterbury Bells Close Up
oil on oil paper
8"x10"

Sunday, 21 June 2015

View From a Train

I take photos every time I'm on the train to London and I've been promising myself that I will make use of them. This one has been sitting on my easel for nearly a week and I couldn't see in my mind how to paint it. When I first began painting I could only work from photos, now I find it easier to work from life than a photo.

My artist friends,  once you begin a painting do you feel you have to finish it before you can begin another? If you can't see your way through it, does it become a block?

I've been listening to Nelson Freitas, Still Feel 4U , very chilled out and did help me to finally finish this landscape. :  )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5RDs9KTKNQ

View From a Train
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Limitless II

Still enjoying exploring the world of close up flowers.

Limitless II
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Pink Carnations

Pink Carnations
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

A quick sketch in oils, something I want to do much more of. It feels very liberating to paint in this way.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Freesias with Apricots

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

I think this guy knows what he is talking about, it is exactly how I feel every time I pick up my brushes.
Freesias With Apricots
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Freesias in a Jar

Since I began painting I have cut back on all expenses such as clothes, shoes, handbags, make up, everything that I can do without. In place of all of that I allow myself the necessary materials and my one bunch of flowers once a week. However, it has never felt like a sacrifice, I feel blessed that I can choose to spend on what I want, what is essential to me.
This small bunch of freesias were calling to me and their scent has got to be one of the sweetest scents ever.
Freesias in a Jar
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Dahlia

Its good to lose myself in the petals of a Dahlia. With Ben Howard, even better.  :  )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADP65wbBUpc

Dahlia
Oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Monday, 8 June 2015

Thistles and Mums

These thistles and chrysanthemums have been sitting in this vase for about two weeks. They looked so lovely when they were fresh and normally I would have thrown them away long ago. Now, I watch the flowers change colour and form as they get to the end of their life and find myself appreciating each stage more and more.

I left parts of the painting unfinished, almost a sketch, I'm trying to get away from crossing all the t's and dotting the i's, so to speak. :  )

I've been listening to Soul II Soul Back to life, I hope you enjoy it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB54dZkzZOY

Thistles and Mums
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Home

Painting flowers in glass is as familiar and comforting as coming home after a long tiring day.


Home
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Chrysanthemums

Another ink and wash, I am really enjoying working in this medium.

Chrysanthemums
ink and wash on cartridge paper
 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Varnishing Day at the RA

The big day arrived today at the Royal Academy!!
Originally varnishing day was for artists to retouch their paintings and varnish for the exhibition, now its a celebration for the artists who are exhibiting. We were greeted by a steel band and then London traffic was stopped so we could walk to St James Church where there was a service and blessing for the artists. Then we were walked back to a refreshments, to look at all the paintings and also prize giving. I caught sight of a few celebrities...Una Stubbs, a well known English actress and Harry Hill.
As there were no guests allowed I did make a few friends and exchanged numbers.
I feel thrilled and honoured to have my painting hanging where great artists of the past such as Turner and artists that are at the top of their career now.
Steel Band in the courtyard

Me in front of the RA, behind the installation by Conrad Shawcross called Dappled Light of the Sun.
 


Artists being led out of the RA

Stopping London Traffic!
Entrance to St James Church
Another art installation leading to the exhibition halls
Me with my teeny tiny painting at the top.  :  )

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Dahlia Sketch

Dahlia sketch
ink and wash
I've been listening to The Cure, one of the best 80's groups, this song is in my opinion their best. I hope you enjoy it.  :  )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYtYe9K6zv4









Friday, 29 May 2015

Beetroot Sketch

Its one of those glorious wet days, I love English weather, I really do. :  )
Just perfect for sketching indoors.
Beetroot Sketch
 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sound of The Sea

I think I will be painting a larger version of this and hanging it to remind me to take a few deep breaths and relax. :  )

Sound of the Sea
oil on oil paper
 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Rose Sketches

I did these sketches to compare the look between pencil and ink.

Pencil sketch

Ink and wash

Friday, 22 May 2015

Seagull Squabble

A scene that is a little closer to home, well, a couple of hours train ride away.

Seagull Squabble
Oil on oil paper
 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition


 I have been accepted into the RA Summer Exhibition, this, I believe is the 247th year its been running. The earliest artists to exhibit at the RA include Reynolds, Constable and Turner.
There were 12000 entries and about 1200 have been picked. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2015
 It has been a dream of mine to have my work in this place so full of history. I received the email today, the first thing I did was tell my husband and then I ran  screaming through the whole house and garden!!!
There have been some disappointments over the years, but it has been so worth it to get to this point.
Thanks for all your encouragement my friends, especially to my friend Tracy who urged me to enter in the first place. xxx


Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain
Oil on oil paper
5"x7"

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Lazy Days III

We've had hale, heavy rain, sparkling sunshine, pretty sunsets, I love how the British weather changes all the time. However I would also enjoy some time off to lie back and read a good art book with Alexander O'
Neal in the background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbW313T9xRY

So if the universe is listening....... :  )

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Lazy Days II

More wishful thinking.  :  )

With Alexander O'Neal playing in the background.....bliss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTSOKrJDEeo



Lazy Days II
oil on oil paper
8"x10"

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Lazy Days

Maybe there is a little wishful thinking with this painting.
 I have been struggling with everything, it all seems a chore, physically I feel the most tired I have ever been. There is a but coming though, I can still paint, I can still feel the magic.  :  )


Lazy Days
Oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Little Bit of Good

Little Bit of Good
oil on oil paper
 


Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu
 
This quote is one of my favourites.
 For the last two weeks I have been cooking meals for our neighbour who is a retired mechanic. He went home to Ireland and came back with pneumonia, he was struggling to make meals for himself. I am happy to say that he is back on his feet, his breathing is normal and he looks great. I am grateful to be able to help him when he needed us the most, he has been a wonderful neighbour to us over the last sixteen years, and hopefully for a long time to come.
 


 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Trust

This one is drawn/painted from a photo given to me by a friend. I am really enjoying working with this medium, its fast and there is not as much control, which makes for surprises.

Trust
ink and wash on cartridge paper.

Friday, 8 May 2015

It'll All Come Out In The Wash

As I go through my painting process, the doubt always creeps in to some degree, but slowly I'm learning that trying is the only way through.

Chrysanthemum
ink and wash on cartridge paper.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Daisy Like

I thought this would be fairly straight forward, a simple flower, but it took several attempts to get it to this point.

Remember vinyl records? This song by Icehouse is still a firm favourite.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o9BCQP0cns


Daisy Like
Oil on oil paper
8"x10"

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Life

“Life: composted lessons for our hearts to blossom into our souls.”
Soul Dancer, Pay Me What I'm Worth

Every year I see these amazing blossoms and yearn to be able to capture their beauty and mostly I feel that I would not be able to do them justice. Today I had to listen to my heart and its need to paint blossoms however they turn out.

Thank you guys for all your wonderful comments, I feel truly blessed to be on this artists journey with you. xxx

Life
acrylics on watercolour paper