Right Handed Strawberry

Right Handed Strawberry
Vintage Roses

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Apple and Flowers

To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.

Quote by Georgia O'Keeffe

Apple and Flowers
Oil on wrapped canvas 8"x8"

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Deepest Blue

Deepest Blue II
Oil on wrapped canvas 7"x 5"
 
Its not often you get something for nothing so I was very happy to pick up these beautiful roses from our local mini supermarket for free. They were a little past their best but cutting the stems fairly short revives them and gives them a new lease of life.

I am really enjoying painting two versions of the same subject side by side.
I don't know why the colours are so sharp but you can see that the middle photo is more true to the original colours.
 
Deepest Blue
oil on wrapped canvas 7"x 5"

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Zen Sheep

Sheep have such a wonderful way of looking so calm and collected as if they are meditating.
Zen Sheep
oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Zen Sheep II
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Pear and Grapes I and II / Pink Rose and Fruit

I was up two hours before work and really enjoyed a quiet house to paint, I think this could become a habit. I also found a few hours this evening, so its been a productive day.
Pear and Grapes I
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"
 
Pink Roses and Fruit
Oil on wrapped canvas 8"x8"
Pear and Grapes
oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Monday, 11 August 2014

Decadent Rose II

My second painting for today.
Decadent Rose II
Oil on wrapped canvas 8"x8"

Decadent Rose

With all the sun we've been getting the roses are just so decadent and laden with scent.
Decadent Rose
oil on wrapped canvas 8"x8"

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pear and Plums

I have about three weeks painting time and as is the way with life, I find myself with less and less free time. So I've decided to paint two at a time.

Pear and Plums
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"
Pear and Plums
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Pear and Plums

The group exhibition is from the 5th to the 7th of September, its the New Artist Fair and its going to be held at The Old Truman Brewery.  http://www.newartistfair.com/sept-2014-summer-exhibition.html

All the artists taking part are now listed including yours truly. I am so looking forward to it, I love London, my spirits lift as soon as I get on the train heading there. The architecture and general vibes I find are very artist friendly.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Feeling Woolly

You know that feeling when you just don't feel sharp. What I need is a fresh Autumn morning with a  slight chill in the air, to walk in and think about how to move forward.

I used a photo taken by Kathleen Walker from Paint My Photo.
http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/sheep-grazing



Feeling Woolly
oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Monday, 4 August 2014

Cherry Love

I have found from experience that when I am in a ditch where my painting is concerned, sometimes a simple fruit painting goes a long way towards digging myself out.


Cherry Love
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Singular

I am going to be part of an exhibition that showcases sixty emerging artists, its at a top London venue and I now have a month to prepare for it!!! More details to follow.
Singular
oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Friday, 25 July 2014

Wealth

Wealth comes in all shapes and forms. Having a beautiful bunch of dark pink roses in a jar with all the equipment, and the time and energy to paint them is for me wealth indeed.
Wealth
Oil on wrapped canvas 8"x8"

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Beach Days

This is a commission for a lifeboat man.
Beach Days
Oil on wrapped canvas 12"x9"
commission
 Incidentally the painting I donated to the lifeboat station last year was auctioned and raised over £150 for a new lifejacket.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

For The Love of Roses

For The Love of Roses
Oil on wrapped canvas 16"x16"
commission
This is a commission for a buyer that wanted a larger version of a painting that has already sold.
Painting four times my usual size as been quite hard, but I'm glad of the experience, and of course the money means I can carry on painting. :  )

We've just had a summer shower,  the plants and garden are sparkling.







Friday, 11 July 2014

Vintage Roses

These were a present from a good friend, their colours are softer and speak of times gone by.


Vintage Roses
Oil on wrapped canvas 8"x8"
 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Delphiniums and a Rose

How did twelve days go by without posting!!! Work, and flagging energy I think are the main reasons, but I have not let that stop me in the past, so I vow to do better.
This is painted on wrapped canvas and a little larger than I am used to.
Delphiniums and a Rose
Oil on wrapped canvas 12"x 9"

Friday, 27 June 2014

Summer Rain

Isn't rain beautiful!! Especially summer rain where everything cools down and washed clean.
I've not had time to paint, but I did take a few photos of puddles.  :  )  I think I must have been a tree in a past life. Lol
Photo of a puddle.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Sunny June With a Cream Background

Thank you so much for all your comments, I love receiving them and I appreciate the time you all take to send me your encouragement.

The very nice buyer has asked me to change the background to a cream colour to tie in with her décor. Other than that she loves the roses as they are. In fact I think it looks better than before, what do you think?
Sunny June
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sunny June

Its a beautiful day, quite cool with plenty of sunshine. I've just finished this painting, which is a commission, I haven't shown the buyer yet but I'm hoping she likes it. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed painting it, the colours are just so cheerful and uplifting.
Sunny June
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Strength

This Japanese proverb sums up how I feel about my work. There are times when I think I am doing ok, I'm standing up, but  many times I feel that I fall short of the picture I have in my head and what I have achieved on canvas. However I do think that I have come a long way and slowly, bit by bit I am nearer to my goal of becoming a professional artist.

 Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
Strength
Oil on canvas board 10"x8"

Friday, 20 June 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Flowers and Fruit

Thank you so much ladies for all your comments, especially since all I seem to paint lately is roses. :  )

Flowers and Fruit
Oil on canvas board
8"x8"

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Starting Anew

All the fun and hard work, where the weddings are concerned is over. My best friend treated me to a day out in London, we went to see the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, I enjoyed the whole experience, the company, the paintings and just being in London lifts my spirits.

I feel as if I am starting from the beginning, I bought  some new brushes, my old ones have definitely seen better days. The difference is shocking really, the brushes glided over the canvas and the painting almost painted itself.
 Thank God for good friends.
Starting Anew
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
 

I have plenty of flowers left over from the flower arranging and the break has left me with a hunger to paint more than ever.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Wedding

My niece was married yesterday and I have been super busy making bouquets, centrepieces, and cakes. With all of this going on we have been carrying on with our work as well so you can imagine how tired I am at the moment. It has been a happy family occasion and emotional to see my wonderful niece happily married.

 I am hoping now to get back to my normal routine of painting everyday, and also catching up on what everyone else has been doing on their blogs.

I have been taking plenty of photos, here are a few.
The party the night before, kind of like a hen party.

The bride and groom.

 
 
 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Clarity Of Mind

Sometimes in order to make life less complicated you have to clear your mind and look at the bigger picture.
Clarity of Mind
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Moving Forward

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.

Quote by Victor Kiam
Moving Forward
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Friday, 23 May 2014

Cherry Oh Baby II

This is one of those forgot to post paintings, I painted this back in February. It has sold and is on its way to Londonderry in Ireland as I write.
We had some torrential rain yesterday with the largest hail I've ever seen, I certainly enjoyed watching the drama from a safe place indoors, I just hope everyone out found shelter.

Cherry Oh Baby II
oil on canvas board 4"x4"
SOLD

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Apricots and Pink Roses

I'm back in my groove again, I bought a small bunch of these little pink roses and I'm enjoying watching them open. The apricots have this sweet fragrance and compliment the roses and blue creamer.

I've been listening to the Bee Gees.... You Should Be Dancing.....I love it!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JoZS6LgqYI



Apricots and Pink Roses
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Monday, 19 May 2014

Breaking Free

This is my first painting after nine days and I wanted to paint something that represents that moment of breaking free and the shear joy of coming back to something you love.
Breaking Free
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Peace in a Rose

A simple jam jar and a small pink rose and I find myself at peace.


Peace in a Rose
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"
SOLD

 

Friday, 9 May 2014

Hanging On II

This rose has been blooming in this vase for over two weeks, I've just been so busy with finishing off the final touches to the house. My family are all back from their travels, I feel truly blessed.
I did promise photos so here are a few.
Hanging On II
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"
SOLD