Daisies and Ladybird

Daisies and Ladybird
Daisies and Ladybird

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Buttercups and Garden Chafer Beetle Day 10

This one is a quiet prayer for the people who died and are injured last night in Manchester.

 I will never understand how killing is an answer, life is to be celebrated and held precious.

Buttercups and Garden Chafer Beetle Day 10
line and wash on cartridge paper

Monday, 22 May 2017

Rose and Greenfly Day 9

This is the first rose to grow in my garden this year, I'm surprised its survived at all with the amount of greenfly munching on it.
Rose and Greenfly
line and wash on cartridge paper

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Golden Corydalis Lutea and Ladybird Day 8

Todays sketch is this wildflower that pops up near the walls every year, I love the delicate leaves and the scent is gorgeous.
Golden Corydalis Lutea and Ladybird
Line and wash on cartridge paper

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Wild Geranium and Lace Wing Day 7

I've had fun trying to draw and paint these in between the rain showers today.
 I just love this weather, seriously, I love English weather, I find it refreshing, exhilarating, I am never bored unless its endless sunshine.

Wild Geranium and Lace Wing
line and wash on cartridge paper

Friday, 19 May 2017

Figs and and Ant Day 6

Its been a blessed wet day after the months of little rain.
 I have this tiny tree that is bearing the most delicious figs, today there were ants crawling all over it.


Figs and Ant
line and wash on cartridge paper

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Pansy and Butterfly Day 5

I am thoroughly enjoying this challenge I set myself.

Pansy and Butterfly
line and wash on cartridge paper

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

African Daisy and Beetle Day 4

Hi guys, so excited to be back posting, and I've made it to Day 4!
Thank you for your comments ladies!!

These African daisies are growing in a pot and actually survived last winter.

African daisies and beetle
line and wash on cartridge paper

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mustard and Bee Sketch on Day 3

It feels good to be posting on my blog again and I find myself settling into my old routine.

This plant appeared in our garden like a giant weed and I welcomed it with open arms, plus the bees love it!!

Mustard and Bee Sketch
line and wash on cartridge paper.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Bluebells and Bee Day 2

Well I've made it to day two!!!
Bluebells and Bee
Line and wash on cartridge paper
 The bluebells are nearly finished in the garden, but this one was just perfect.

This one is dedicated to Colin Vaerncombe (RIP), the writer and singer of It's a Wonderful Life. This song is in my top ten.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZoHfJZACA

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Daisies and Ladybird

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and doing what makes your hearts sing.

I've been away from blogging for about three months, and it has been a busy few months. Both our son and daughter were married within the last four months. So a lot of changes, seriously feeling the empty nest syndrome, although our son will be staying for the foreseeable. It is so much harder for kids to get on the property ladder.

There isn't a day that I don't think about posting something and now that things have calmed down,  I've decided to sketch plants and insects from my garden. This is a challenge for myself for the next thirty days, but if anyone wants to join me, I would love the company. I thought about starting at the beginning of a month, but then it means more wasted time, so its today.

I discovered this group called Metronomy , I've been listening to them all day, love them!!!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFrNsSnk8GM

Day One Daisies and Ladybird
cartridge paper  pen and watercolour

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Waller Avenue in the Rain

How has it been over three weeks since my last post!!! I have to admit it is proving harder than it has ever been to get back into a daily routine of painting. I've been trying all sorts of remedies, going to see exhibitions, buying self help books on creativity, in fact I am waiting for Julia Cameron's " The Artists Way" to be delivered. I had this book about seven years ago and foolishly thought I would not need it since I was well into my daily painting after I read it. I have however started to write the morning pages which so many people swear by, this morning.

This rainy painting has been on my easel for the last three weeks and finally I finished it last night, it felt like a weight has lifted and the gate is open again to creativity.

Waller Avenue in the Rain
oil on canvas board

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

My Version of Trafalgar Square

It's been too long since my last post and most of the time in between has been spent trying to paint  and failing miserably. Life is such that there is always something going on and from experience I have not let things stand in my way, I have continued to paint through thick and thin. So what has been stopping me now? Possibly energy levels are not what they were and yet from the history of famous artists, for example Renoir, who was so ravaged with arthritis he had his brushes taped to his hand to carry on painting from a wheel chair during the last three decades of his life.
I feel inspired by the courage and strength of such artists and feel that I can paint not just now and then, but daily, with my heart and soul.

This hasn't turned out as good as I wanted, but I painted this one today and its a new beginning , I'm back and I feel hopeful that I can carry on with this incredible art journey with my friends from around the world.

Trafalgar Square
oil on oil paper

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Winter Woolly

This is one I experimented with last year, my rabbit hole year.
Winter Woolly
watercolour on watercolour paper

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Winter Flowers in Watercolours

  If anyone has any elderly neighbours now is the time to look in on them, the weather is seriously cold and  sometimes they don't look after themselves very well.

Winter Flowers

Watercolour Flowers II

I should have posted this one yesterday.

Watercolour Flowers II

Monday, 2 January 2017

Watercolour Flowers

Since I began this blog going back just over six years ago I have always been busy with work and kids. Through plenty of trials and tribulations I did not stop. Now I feel ready to get back to what I used to do and it does feel so good.

Watercolour flowers





 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!! I wish you all great health and prosperity for 2017.

This is a quick fifteen minute sketch, just  so I can post something and start this new year. I have been going through a block, I can't seem to get into the habit of daily painting. I know it's simply a matter of beginning after the long break.
Rose sketch using a black biro

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Glorious Greys


Thank you so much for all your welcome comments ladies!!!



The National Gallery in London is holding the Australian Impressionists exhibition and its on till 26th of March. I was very lucky to see this on the 12th this month with a dear friend. It's not a huge exhibition, but the quality is amazing. I particularly fell in love with this painting by Tom Roberts called Trafalgar Square. I have copied it today as a learning exercise as I have already bought a print to drool over!! After the exhibition I tried to find this viewpoint with my camera, it was quite difficult, because its been over a hundred years since this was painted, so much of the skyline has changed. My next painting, all being well is going to be my version of Trafalgar Square from one of my photos.

I've spent my spare time this last week setting up this corner of our living room, it's more organised and there is more light next to the window. I really enjoyed painting in my corner today and feel refreshed and ready to carry on with my painting journey, to learn and grow my skills.

After Tom Roberts Trafalgar Square
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A New Beginning

Hi everyone, I hope  you are all well and looking forward to the holidays.

I shut down my blog back in March and its been a long journey back, the result has been that I have not painted as much as I normally did. I have now realised, thankfully, that I need this blog and all the wonderful artists that I kept in touch with. I look forward to catching up with what you all have been doing and to getting back to what I love best, painting everyday.

This is one I painted last month.

Autumn Trees
oil on oil paper
12"x 9"

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Au Revoir


Hi everyone, my blogging artist friends. After much thought I have decided that its time to close my blog down, it makes me sad, but I move on to the next stage of my life as an artist. I'm going to miss blogging, its been a life line in many ways, a comfort when I felt isolated or  down and I always felt joy in sharing my work with you all. I will still be keeping in touch with many of you, so expect to see my comments from time to time.
Thank you for all your comments and encouragement.
I wish you all health, happiness and joy in your art and life. xxx

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Gratitude

I feel I am lucky. I am grateful for this life that God has given me. I am happy, as I am getting to do work that I want to do and enjoy doing it.

 Sonam Kapoor

Gratitude
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A Pair of Old Boots Sketch

This is something I've revisited a few times in my sketch book.
A Pair of Old Boots sketch

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

More Daffodils



I thought I was finished with daffodils this year, but every time I see them on sale and they are so cheap, I can't resist that little bunch of closed buds that promise to burst into life within hours of putting them in water.
More Daffodils sketch
watercolour paper

More Daffodils
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Monday, 29 February 2016

Instinct

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

 Anatole France

Instinct
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Busy as a Bee

Its been a little on the cold side these last few weeks, its making me a little wishful for summer and the gentle hum of  bees and the warm sun. Although I would be overjoyed to have just one day of snow so I can paint some more red cars, something about the cool snow and the warmth of red.


Busy as a Bee
watercolour and ink
watercolour paper

Happy Things V ( A better photo)


My routine at the moment seems to be work, housework,  and then painting. This means that its usually late by the time I start painting and so too late to take a proper photo, so here is a better photo for yesterday and as its Sunday, a beautiful sunny Sunday, I can paint all day. I wish everyone a peaceful, happy Sunday whatever you're doing, and thank you so much for all your recent comments, I love you for it. xxx
Happy Things V
oil on oil paper
8" x 10"

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Happy Things V

I had better luck with my vintage teacup search yesterday, a little further afield but I didn't have to buy the whole set and I found two teacups and saucers.


About a month after we lost Pisho, Minnie appeared in our garden, she was a tiny little thing and so full of energy and mischief. Here she is trying to swat the seconds hand in our clock, she's already knocked over two vases that were in the centre!!

Minnie the Minx

Friday, 26 February 2016

A Place in My Heart

Its funny how four years ago I actually felt uncomfortable around cats and was afraid of getting scratched. My daughter brought home a rescued kitten, our Tibby and at first I felt very put out, but slowly she grew on me and then our second kitten Pisho was rescued too. My heart broke over losing Pisho and there isn't a day when I don't think of her, there are reminders of her all over the house and garden. She was a very vocal cat and answered me every time I spoke to her, she made a lot of sense. She has a place in my heart, always.

 This is a random painting of a kitten from a photo.


A Place in my Heart
oil on oil paper

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Solitude

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

Omar Khayyam

Solitude
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Conservatory Sketch

I had every intention of  painting  after I came back from our local charity shop to look for some more vintage teacups. There were some beautiful sets, but all I needed was teacups and saucers. I did choose a set of four cups that are modern but really pretty designs . I brought them home and after sorting out dinner I thought it would be a good idea to give them a wash. My mum taught me this great method that really gets rid of every bit of stain on crockery. In a large pot add Daz handwash powder and boiling water and soak the dishes that need washing for about twenty minutes and then a light scrub with a scouring sponge and they come up new and squeaky clean. So, I washed the cups and then thought I would wash all the cutlery since there was plenty of the soapy water left. After that I started on all the dinner plates we use and before I knew it I had spent the entire evening cleaning and ended up with sparkling crockery and cutlery, but no time to paint!!.
Just this little sketch.

Conservatory sketch

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

First Impression

Realize the value of putting down your first impression quickly. (Charles Hawthorne)

First Impression
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Monday, 22 February 2016

Happy Things IV

This teacup is from the beautiful Art Deco period I love so much.

Happy Things IV
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Happy Things III

I've been digging out some of my china collection I've bought from charity shops over the last six years. Its fun  revisiting my love for painting ceramics.


Happy Things III
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Happy Things II

A better photo for yesterdays painting and one for today.

Happy Things
oil on oil paper
8" x 10"

Happy Things II
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Teacup Sketch

Just a quick sketch that I will hopefully be painting tomorrow.
Teacup Sketch

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Lit Up

A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up,  whether or no the sun be shining outside. 
~ A.A. Milne

Monday, 15 February 2016

Expectation II

I'm hoping that by painting robins and snow we might actually get some snow!!!


Expectation II
oil on oil paper

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Expectation

Snow was forecast  today but it looks like it passed us by. So a little robin painting cheered me up.

Expectation
oil on oil paper
5"x 7"

Fabric and Flowers

As promised a better photo of yesterdays painting. I will be adding to this post with a painting or sketch later on today though, hopefully anyway.

Fabric and Flowers
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Fabric and Flowers

I couldn't beat the daylight deadline today, so I will take a better photo tomorrow. It was wet and cold today and Minnie, our kitten did not want to leave my lap and kept trying to pull the fabric down. In the end I gave up and waited until she fell asleep.
Fabric and Flowers
 

Minnie the Minx

Friday, 12 February 2016

Still Life Sketch

This is a sketch of a still life set up with a fabric pattern. Hopefully I shall paint this in oils tomorrow.

Still life sketch