Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade
Pink Lemonade

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

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Apple Sketch

I've been neglecting my sketching so here is a simple apple.
Apple sketch
pencil on cartridge paper

Monday, 8 February 2016

End of the Day II

I always have my camera handy and love to capture moments like this.

End of the Day II
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Sunday, 7 February 2016

French Peonies

I am very lucky to have a friend who lives in the South of France and she sent me some beautiful photos of peonies that grow in her garden around March time.

French Peonies
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Plums on Green

A little painting that is reminiscent of the first year I started painting in acrylics.

Plums on green
acrylics on watercolour paper.