Saturday Night Sketch

Saturday Night Sketch
Saturday Night Sketch

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Strawberries on Pink

I loved painting these strawberries and  fabric background .I used my camera to find a view I liked ,its much easier than a viewfinder.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Crossed peppers

I vow to use my camera more from today.I've hardly used it and realise there's a wealth of images I'm missing out on.I took this photo and this view is not something I would normally have chosen,but it works.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Carnation in a Bottle 2

I've gone a bit mad with the colour ,but I find myself being influenced by the gorgeous weather .I was talking to my cousin last week and he remembers me painting as a kid and watching me lost in my own little world.Nothing has changed!!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Two For Joy

Every time I see a lovely sunset from our back garden I run outside and take a picture.This sunset was taken last month and I 've been meaning to paint it.The two birds in the tree are magpies and there's a rhyme that goes like this: One for sorrow,Two for joy,Three for a girl and Four for a boy,Five for silver,Six for gold,Seven for a secret never to be told.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Cherry Tomatoes

I've been tweeking!!
Today has been a beautiful Spring day,bluebells and grape hyacinths are out in the garden.The temperature is 15C!! I wanted to paint something bright and cheerful.
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."----William Shakespeare

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Cup of Gerbera

What I have been trying to do all along is to give my work movement and rough edges and a sense of drama.I think I'm getting there,but the saucer......................will I be able to resist correcting it!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Red Apple on Green Scarf

The artist is nothing without the gift,but the gift is nothing without hard work. This is a quote by Emile Zola.I feel I have alot of work ahead of me !

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Tulips in Blue Vase

I've had a two day break from painting.However much you love doing something sometimes you need a break to see again.You can get too close  and then everything starts to blur.Anyway I've had a break and feel refreshed and seeing colours stronger and brighter.I had this vase and tulips set up two days ago and now the tulips are looking like they won't last another day so here it is.I'm entering this for the  Help Japan Challenge.The paintings will be put up for auction by DPW and the proceeds will go to Japan.David Marine is the organiser and is doing an amazing job.Please have a look and see if there is anything you like.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Tulip in Glass Jar

An artist never really finishes his work,he merely abandons it.This is a quote by Paul Valery,who obviously knew  what he was talking about!!!!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


This is my entry for this weeks challenge.Its called the colour of white challenge and its to paint a white object on patterned material .

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Forsythia in Glass Jar

"Happy are the painters,for they shall not be lonely .Light and colour,peace and hope,will keep them company till the end of the day."  Winston Churchill

Monday, 14 March 2011

Artichoke 4

I think thats enough of the artichokes,for a while anyway.I've enjoyed painting them because they do have such a strong structure and great colours.I've bought a bunch of tulips in four colours which will hopefully keep me busy for a while.Although I did want to do one more forsythia painting before they disappear for another year.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Purple Artichoke 3

There's something comforting about rain on Sunday.......A nice quiet day at home with the family and time to paint.........Everly Brothers in the background......bliss.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Daffs in Cream Jug

I new these daffodils would'nt last another day so I thought I would do one more painting and this little jug has been calling to me for weeks .Ever heard of George Mc Crae?...."Rock your Baby"........The first time I heard this was in a school assembly,I can't remember why they played it but I thought I was in heaven.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Purple Artichoke 2

I have been listening to Adele "someone like you" all day.Her voice is how I  imagine Vincent van Gogh's paintings would sound if they were with colour and texture and such emotion.Does that make sense?? I usually prefer to mix my colours but I bought this colour called burgundy and its so lovely I know I will be using it again.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Purple Artichoke

I love,love ,loved painting this artichoke. There are so many colours that work harmoniously in this gorgeous vegetable.Is'nt nature amazing.So is David Bowie and that wonderful song "Sound and Vision",a real classic.Music is part of the whole experience when I'm painting and I am so grateful that I have both as part of my life. Oh, by the way my lovely friend Tracy gave me a whole bunch of these artichokes ,so a Big Thankyou to her. : ))

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Abraham Lincoln

I have been umming and ahring about this weeks challenge since Saturday.My heart kind of sank because figurative work is just not something that I am interested in at the moment ,but as a challenge I felt finally that I should give it my best.This weeks challenge was Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States.He is best known for the abolition of slavery and for that alone its been a pleasure to paint his likeness.You can see all the entries on

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Daffs in Blue Jug

The jug I'm happy with,the flowers...not so sure,but I got to a stage when I thought thats enough.I've been missing a few days painting here and there, the reason being I'm lacking in iron and energy is very low.Hopefully I will be starting my medication tomorrow and should be back to normal soon. :  ))

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Apple Trio 2

Confucius was a chinese philosopher and sometimes I go back to his words of wisdom for some direction.One thing he said was "it does'nt matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop".Just keep going.
At the moment I am so drawn to these red apples and have this compulsion to paint them .I think I know a little of what kept Cezanne going!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Forsythia and Plums

Well my wish came true.My lovely friend Ann very kindly gave me some forsythia from her garden .Its such a beautiful flowering plant and its one of the first signs that spring is on its way.The last time I painted forsythia was when I was at school.My friend and classmate Katherine and I used to go into the fields surrounding the school and paint.Mostly we ended up doing more talking than painting ,but our teacher never used to mind too much! Ahh ....happy days.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Plum Chutney

I only had an hour and a half to paint today so a very quick study of what was available.I'm not altogether happy with this ,but did'nt want to miss another day without posting.I might polish this one up or do a better version at some point.Although I've thought of doing that alot of times but never really found the motivation to do it.I think in future I will.