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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Grape Hyacinths in Warm Spring Sunshine

The weather has been stunning compared to this time last year, the sun is shining, the garden is full of spring flowers and even butterflies are gracing us with their presence.
Grape Hyacinths in Warm Spring Sunshine
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"
SOLD

Friday, 18 April 2014

Hanging On

This is my first painting after about two weeks, these roses were given as a present about two weeks ago and they've hung on almost as if they were waiting for me to record their life on canvas.
Most of the house is finished, just our bedroom and bathroom to go, its been tough but also quite liberating and therapeutic.
Hanging On
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Pink Tulips

A week later and I've finished painting downstairs, the walls and ceilings are done. I've chosen peach and a warm yellow, it makes a change from the duck egg blue we've had for the last four years. The colours are warm and welcoming and I am looking forward to accessorizing with throws and cushions. I'm on a tight budget so the furniture and carpets are staying put for now, its wonderful that I've had the energy, resources and time to give our home some TLC.
I painted these tulips nearly a week ago, I had thought to add to it a bit more, but I think its done.
Pink Tulips
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Pansies in the Morning

At the moment I am in the middle of redecorating, new colour scheme and complete spring clean. I've donated about twenty bags of clothes and books for charity and thrown out a whole lot of stuff that is no good to anyone. Its amazing how much we hoard and getting rid is great therapy, I feel lighter already and once all the decorating is done, I am hoping it will give my creativity a boost.

Pansies in the Morning
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"
SOLD

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Sunflowers After George Braque

The Sunflowers After George Braque
Oil on paper made for oils
10"x8"
I painted this for  http://paintingfromthemasters.blogspot.co.uk/
This months challenge was my choice and very kindly posted by Karen d'Angeac Mihm.
I have left it a bit last minute but I can tell you I really enjoyed trying to copy this amazing, flamboyant masterpiece. I did rush some so its not accurate but maybe that's how he painted it, there is a wonderful looseness that I love and crave to be able to put in my work.



Sunday, 30 March 2014

Memories

“It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone... but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.”

Kahlil Gibran


I had some quiet time to myself and found myself with a lot of memories.....



Memories
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Be Happy


“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”
Audrey Hepburn
        


Be Happy
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Patience is a Virtue

Its been over a week since my last post, I've been so busy with work that painting had to take a back seat. patience is indeed a virtue since I struggled to get the work done, but still could not make time.
I picked up my brushes last night and it felt sooo good! :  )

I also repainted this one, I felt the background did not help to make the daffodils stand out.

Daffodils and Clementine
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
 


Patience is a Virtue
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"
SOLD

Monday, 17 March 2014

Warmth

The background is like a warm blanket wrapped around on a cold winter afternoon.
Warmth
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD
 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunny Sunday

I was up early on this beautiful sunny Sunday to paint this.
Sunny Sunday
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Daffodils and Clementine

Daffodils and Clementine
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

 The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” Lucian Freud

Friday, 14 March 2014

Pink on Blue

Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
Pink on Blue
oil on canvas board 6"x6"

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Opening Up a Little More

I actually painted this after the first daff painting but it needed some changes. I've been working on it today and I think its at a stage where I can call it finished.

An update on the John Singer Sergeant painting project started by Richard Robinson......the deadline was the end of last month, but I suppose if one painting is to be completed by eighty artists there are bound to be hitches, life can get in the way, with all the best of intentions. My piece is No.78, please check out the painting, I think all the pieces look amazing.


http://thecompleteartist.ning.com/page/group-painting







Opening Up A Little More
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Cheer Up

This composition kind of fell into place, mainly because the pear refused to stand!!
Cheer Up
Oil on canvas board 5"x7"
SOLD

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Opening Up

Over the last three years I have come to love the work of so many artists. At the moment I am fascinated by the work of George Braque who was a 20th Century French artist. He was known for cubism, modern art, fauvism and analytic cubism. I particularly like his limited colour palette, especially in his still life paintings. A note to Karen d' Angeac Mihm,  I would love to paint one of Braque's still life paintings for this or next  months challenge, no pressure of course. :  )
http://paintingfromthemasters.blogspot.co.uk/



Opening Up
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Fruit and Rose

The sun is shining, its about 18C and I've just finished this painting. Oh, and its a Sunday, what could be better!!
Fruit and Rose
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Plum Trio

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius

This quote sums up how I feel at the moment....determined to keep going.


Plum Trio
Oil on canvas board 4"x4"

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Roses Roses

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

There have been so many days when there is no control, there is precious little spare time and if that is not made use of, then " the day runs you". So when I do paint it is a joy, a privilege, and I feel satisfied that I made use of the gift of time.

My obsession with roses is still in full force, I see a bunch of roses and I just want to take it home and lose myself in the colours and shapes.
Roses Roses
Oil on canvas board
8"x8"
SOLD

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Carnations in Glass Vase



You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.”― William W. Purkey


Carnations in Glass Vase
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"

Monday, 24 February 2014

The Elephant in the Room

You know the situation....there is a subject that needs to be brought to the surface but you can't and you can't ignore it either. Its the elephant in the room. Lol. :  )
The Elephant in the Room
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Irises in Glass III


Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged



Irises in Glass III
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Richard Robinsons Group Project of a John Singer Sergeant Painting

I am subscribed to Richard Robinsons blog and I received an email in January about an exciting new project where eighty artists were invited to take part in a group project of a famous painting. The places were filled up so quickly , I know many were disappointed . Each artist was given a slice of the painting Paul Helleu Sketching With His Wife to copy. All the pieces will be put together and possibly published in an international art magazine. Its taken me a number of tries but I have finally finished. It was the most hardest piece I have ever tried to paint but I'm glad that I could be part of it. All pieces are 10"x10" so that if at a later date Richard decided to bring them all together they would fit and could be auctioned off for charity.
Paul Helleu Sketching with his Wife After John Singer Sergeant
Oil on canvas paper 10"x10"


  http://thecompleteartist.ning.com/events/group-painting-project1

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Daffs and Green Apple

Daffs and Green Apple
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"
SOLD
 The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best
of everything they just make the most of everything that comes
along their way.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Pink Roses and Fruit

There is no must in art because art is free.
Wassily Kandinsky
Pink Roses and Fruit
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Daffs and a Lemon

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”  Edvard Munch
Daffs and a Lemon
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"
SOLD


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Irises in Glass

Irises in Glass
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri

Monday, 10 February 2014

Pink Lemonade

Thanks Ladies for all your comments recently. :  )

I've been saving this pretty bottle to paint and it seems to go very well with this rose and cherries.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Iris in Glass

Yesterdays quote, if I keep that to the forefront of my mind is really helping me to move forward.
Iris in Glass
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"
SOLD

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Two Roses and an Apple

Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping warm this winter.

This quote by Salvador Dali sums up why I have been struggling this week. I started off painting the roses and then everything fell apart. I scraped this painting four times last week and then I just gave up. I couldn't put it to one side and start something else, it became a block until finally today I made myself carry on with it and finish without fear of failure. The only way I could move forward was to get it done. Now the cloud has lifted, I'm already thinking of what to paint next and I feel so much better.  :  )


Two Roses and an Apple
oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Anticipation

I have finally managed to grow forsythia in my garden!!!  I am trying to get away from the literal, to add something of myself and how I feel. I feel joy at the anticipation of spring, the world waking up after a long sleep.
Anticipation
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"
SOLD

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Red Rose and Green Apple

The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.” Vincent Van Gogh


Red Rose and Green Apple
Oil on canvas board 8"x8" 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Scent and Sensibility III

This is the third and last painting of my friends scent bottle, out of the three I've enjoyed the last two more because they are more loosely painted than the first.
In retrospect maybe I shouldn't have placed the jar in the centre but I think it works.

Scent and Sensibility
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Friday, 24 January 2014

Scent and Sensibility II

Scent and Sensibility
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD
 
This scent bottle is still fascinating me, especially the stopper. I'm trying to cut down on the amount of colour, maybe a little goes a long way?? What do you think?

This classic by Creedence Clearwater Revival ...Suzy Q  has to be played very loud, I do get complaints from the family so I don't treat myself too often.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mxaA-bJ35s

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Relaxation

Sometimes I just go with the flow.


Crawfish by Elvis Presley is what I was listening to while painting, its one of my favourites.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJxyb7khbjg



Relaxation
Oil on canvas board 7"x5"
SOLD 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Scent and Sensiblity

This scent bottle is a present from a dear friend of mine, she even thought of the title. :  )
Scent and Sensibility
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"

 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Rhythm and Blues

I paint to music and  the rhythm is in my soul,
Rhythm and Blues
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"
 
as is painting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VsFjP0cTo 

I hope you enjoy this treat by Nelson Freitas

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Flowers and Fruit

This is painted from a photo I took last year, I just like the simplicity of the single rose, the snapdragon stem and plum. I'm still working on simplifying brushwork and keeping the colours fresh.
Flowers and Fruit
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"
Available on DPW Auctions

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Inspiration

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London
Inspiration
oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Shelly Among the Roses ( Photos)

I've been reorganising my painting space as I don't yet have a studio. I did however take a little break to have a little fun with our six month old rescue kitten Shelly. We've had her for three months, when we found her it was touch and go but has more than doubled in weight and is a fluff ball of fun.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Pink Roses in Lily Vase

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes 
Pink Roses in Lily Vase
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Friday, 3 January 2014

Time to Think

Sometimes its good to just stand still and let the world move around you. Space to replenish your soul.
Time to Think
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"
 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Attention Seekers

Well, here we are in 2014!! The last couple of days have been very wet and windy. Much as I wanted to post a new painting the light was terrible. Anyway, today is absolutely gorgeous, the sun is out and everything is sparkling. I've been for my daily walk, which I started a week ago, I really need to get some fresh air, even if its for thirty minutes.
Blue Bird Vase and Tulips
oil on canvas board 8"x8"
SOLD

Attention Seekers
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Affinity

I hope everyone is having a great time over the holidays, we are heading for 2014 and a chance to renew resolutions. I have tried to paint true to what I want to express, which is not an easy task. For this coming year I hope to keep learning, exploring different mediums and techniques.
My overriding feeling is painting is a part of me, if I'm not painting I'm dreaming about painting, and when I'm painting I feel I'm in an altered state where worries, doubts, all of the disappointments don't exist. From when I can remember I have had the compulsion to create something, I tried my hand at many arts and crafts growing up. Resources were limited, clothes and shoes were hard enough to come by let alone art materials. I remember sitting by a village pond making little dishes out of the natural red clay in the soil before I was five.I've made quilts out of old clothes, collages, printing, calligraphy, sculpture, knitting, and more recently, cake decorating, and flower arranging.
 When we came to the UK and seeing illustrated children's books for the first time was just the most amazing experience of my life. It  felt like fireworks going off in my head, from then I could not get enough of the fairy tales and later on the classics like Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations.

Selling paintings has been a new experience over the last two years, the money has helped me to continue on my artists journey, I have been able to pay for art supplies, the odd trips to London museums and galleries. Not only that its a huge compliment when you know your painting is wanted, it gives me quite a buzz knowing that my paintings are on display all over the world, from London, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, to France, Holland, Italy, India, and all over the USA.

I am so grateful to all my blogging friends, your encouragement has been the highlight of the last three years. I wish you all good health and prosperity, to continue and learn from each other.
Affinity
Oil on canvas board 8"x8"