Red Rose and Green Apple

Red Rose and Green Apple
Red Rose and Green Apple

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Fig I and II

Figs are in season again, such a beautiful fruit.
Fig II
Oil on canvas board 4"x 4"

Fig
Oil on canvas board 4"x 4"
 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sunny September

Sunny September
Oil on wrapped canvas
7"x 5"

September is my favourite month,  there is that slight chill in the air that promises Autumn and it

never disappoints.




Sunny September
Oil on wrapped canvas
7"x5"







Monday, 8 September 2014

New Artist Fair

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying getting back into painting after the long summer. I know many have taken up the 30 day challenge with Lesley, good luck, its a fantastic challenge.

The New Artist Fair was this weekend and I can't tell you how exhausted I am. My friend and I took my paintings up on Friday and spent a good two hours hanging them. There was an evening preview but we came back early because of work and family. We went back on Sunday and stayed for four hours, it was fun meeting all the other artists and visitors. I am very excited to tell you that I have an offer from a bricks and mortar gallery in Maidstone to sell my work!!!!

As of last week I am also represented by Advocate Art which is an artists agency who got in touch with me ( it makes a great change from chasing people ), so a lot has been happening and its all good.






Hopefully I will get back into painting today. :  )
Our cat Pisho and my paintings all packed
Two hours of hanging!!
The Old Truman Brewery
outside the venue
What I love about London, the contrast between old and new
St Pancras and Kings Cross train stations

 

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 d├ęcor. 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.