Me and Jack Vettriano

Me and Jack Vettriano
Me and Jack Vettriano, he inspired me to start daily painting.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Hummingbird II

Every season has its beauty, but I find myself craving warmth and colour.


Hummingbird II
Oil on oil paper

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Hummingbird


“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
Jean Cocteau

After two weeks I felt I had to paint and do something different.
Hummingbird

Thursday, 12 February 2015

I Salute You

Thank you so much for all your comments my friends.
 I appreciate every word of comfort sent to me, and I salute all the brave people of this world who have loved and lost a dear one, be they a pet, friend or family.

I have vowed that every time I buy a bunch of flowers, one of the flowers will grace my Pisho's resting  place in our garden. I say my Pisho because I used to talk to her as I went about my work around the house and often I would ask her if she was my Pisho, I think she was because out of all the family members she was attached to me the most.

I painted these tulips about two weeks ago and forgot to post. Hopefully I will be able to pick up my brushes soon.

Red Tulips in Vase
Oil on oil paper

Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Pisho

The four month old kitten my husband rescued about sixteen months ago died Friday night, killed by a car. She has been a huge part of our lives, my constant companion. I can honestly say that I have never felt so much pain. I see her everywhere, every corner of the house, the garden. She was fun loving and fearless, she fought the neighbourhood cats who were bigger than her. Our older cat is missing her too, they did not always see eye to eye, but were together.
When my husband brought her home she was a little scrap of a thing and clung to me for dear life. I fed her, groomed her, got her medication when she needed it, bought toys and played with her these long winter nights when it was too cold and wet to be out.
She has left a huge hole in my life, I can't get my head around the fact that she will never sit in my lap, follow me around the house, run up and down the garden, lay on my chest with her face so close to mine.
My Pisho

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Wheatfield in Winter II

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


Wheatfield in Winter
Oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Wheat field in Winter

The snow didn't last long, but it was enough to make some hay, so to speak.  :  )


Wheatfield in Winter
oil on oil paper

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Peaceful Quiet

Something about snow when it falls, it seems to cut out all the excess noise and a quiet descends upon the land. Or it might just be that people hesitate to travel as much so you don't get as much traffic noise. I prefer to think its the first. :  )

Well the long awaited snow has arrived, not a lot, but enough to take some photos and paint in the warmth of my home. I ran out of daylight and I do so love to post something most days so here's an early photo and hopefully a better one tomorrow.

Cheers my dear blogging friends for all your comments. xxx
Peaceful Quiet
 

Monday, 2 February 2015

Orange Roses and Irises

This is the last of this series, for now anyway. I will be taking plenty of photos as the roses and irises open and change colour so I can get back to them.

Orange Roses and Irises
Oil on oil paper

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Orange Roses and Irises in a Different Vase

I'm still enamoured with this combination of colours. :  )

Orange Roses and Irises in a Different Vase
Oil on oil paper

Friday, 30 January 2015

Fresh Eyes

For a change I asked my daughter to choose a bunch of flowers for me to paint. WOW!!! She picked this magnificent bunch with burnt orange colour roses and irises. I think I should ask her more often. :  )
Fresh Eyes
oil on oil paper

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Space

Painting suits people who like to have their space, like this solitary lily.


Space
Oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

One Green Bottle

Its blowing gales with heavy rain, but I just took this photo before the heavens opened up.


One Green Bottle
Oil on oil paper

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

One Green Bottle

I've managed to get hold of the most difficult flowers I could think of to paint.....ranunculus and thistle. I ran out of daylight again so all being well I will post a better photo tomorrow.
One Green Bottle
Oil on oil paper

Monday, 26 January 2015

Peace Lily

Today I felt in need of visiting our local flower shop, its not something I do very often because they are quite expensive. I love walking in and smelling the flower shop smell, something that is lost in a superstore. They wrap everything in  a pretty way and are so polite. I ended up buying this little peace lily plant and painted a watercolour listening to John Lennon's Imagine.....ahhh bliss.
Peace Lily
watercolour on cartridge paper

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8

Sunday, 25 January 2015

More Pheasant Sketches

I'm in the middle of a larger tulip painting, I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow. For now, another pheasant sketch.
Pheasant Sketch II

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Stairway to Heaven

I took this photo at a friends who keeps chickens as pets, I can tell they are loved.

You can guess what I was listening to when I drew/ painted this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcL---4xQYA


Stairway to Heaven
line and watercolour on cartridge paper

Friday, 23 January 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Orange Roses in Blue Vase II

These orange roses begin as a uniform orange colour, but as they age the centre becomes a peachy pink, so beautiful!!

I was listening to John Legend when I painted this one, very chilled out.  :  )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOmnGzAKLvge
Orange Roses in Blue Vase
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Warmth

Tropical fruit such as mangoes conjure up images of palm trees, and warm breezes.


Warmth
Oil on oil paper

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pink Rose in a Glass

I think the day roses come easy to me is the day I stop painting them, until then its something I enjoy immensely.
Pink Rose in a Glass
oil on oil paper

Monday, 19 January 2015

Summer Sailing

Summer Sailing
Oil on paper
I'm conflicted, part of me wants some snow to paint, but I'm remembering the long hot summer we had last year with fond memories.
Talking of long hot summer, this song by The Style Council is one of my all time favourites.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CAzwewVjZ0

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Joyful Message

Apparently yellow roses mean a joyful message and a perfect gift for friends.


Joyful Message
Oil on oil paper

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Orange Roses in Blue Vase

As promised, a much better photo of yesterdays painting.

We have snow, not a lot though.
Orange Roses in Blue Vase
Oil on oil paper
Pisho seeing snow for the first time
 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Orange Roses in Blue Vase

I ran out of daylight again so I will post a better photo tomorrow. We're expecting snow tomorrow, I have been itching to paint some snow scenes, we haven't had any snow for about two years!!

I have a question for you....which is more pretty, our cat Pisho or the flowers??

Our cat Pisho posing with a vase of roses.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Floating

This rose was broken but not finished, I placed it in a glass full of water and it thanked me by opening and shining for me. I ran out of daylight, so all being well I will replace this with a better photo tomorrow.
Floating
oil on oil paper

Floating
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Polar Bear Sketch

Polar bear sketch
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Charles Darwin

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Yellow Rose in Blue Vase

Yellow Rose in Blue Vase
Oil on oil paper
Still love to paint roses and this vase was another bargain from a charity shop.



Monday, 12 January 2015

Progress

As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." Vincent van Gogh


Progress
Oil on oil paper

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain

We were driving our son to an interview for a job last week. It was rush hour and the visibility was very bad because of the spray coming off the tyres as the traffic sped by.
Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Early Tulips III

I have a new vase I bought from a charity shop, I love the shape and its so nice to use something different.
Early Tulips III
oil on oil paper

Monday, 5 January 2015

Early Tulips

These were expensive, but since I'm not into buying clothes, jewellery, handbags etc,  I justify my flower purchases. :  )


Early Tulips
Oil on oil paper

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Beach Huts

We had an incredible summer last year, I'm missing it, although I wouldn't mind some snow to paint.
Beach Huts
 oil on oil paper

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Dalmatian Sketch

Dalmatian Sketch
I have the sketching bug!!



This is a painting by Edward Seago

Winter Landscape, Norfolk
by Edward Seago


I have admired the work of Edward Seago for the last few years and have been doing a little research on his life. He was an English artist, he worked in both oils and watercolours, his style was impressionist and he painted mostly landscapes. He was loved by the Royal family and the public would que for his exhibitions and always sold out. He was a prolific artist and has more than 19,000 paintings in circulation worldwide. He was self taught which is what impresses and inspires me because I have no formal education in art.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Red Rose


Red Rose
Oil on oil paper


I've never seen so many petals on one rose, I couldn't paint them all so I had to use a little artistic license.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Lone Wolf


Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers and artists.

A new year and a new start, it feels good to paint.
Lone Wolf
Oil on oil paper

Monday, 22 December 2014

Stargazer Lilies

I have so many photos to work from, I vow to use them more as fresh flowers are a pleasure, but not cheap. This painting is from a photo I took about three years ago.

I heard this song by Ben Howard today and I felt goose bumps, that guitar is out of this world!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYR6A47DK-Q

Stargazer Lilies
Oil on oil paper.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Peaceful Slumber

Our Sleeping Cat
charcoal on cartridge paper
It never ceases to amaze me how many hours cats sleep.