Lucy

As mentioned in my last post, we lost our 18 year old cat Lucy on the 15th April. Friend artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins wrote a wonderfully vivid account of her in his Facebook post today, so I’m copying and pasting that to my blog here. I’ve dug out some photos of her at just 2-3 weeks…

Bathing in Trees

I believe the Japanese have given a walk in the forest the meaningful term of “forest bathing.” As we’ve always had dogs, for the last 30 years I’ve walked, strolled, and, when I feel particularly energetic, even run through our local forest, up to the open fields about 2 or 3 times a day. Now …

Autumn glows to Winter blues.

I’ve been rather negligent with posting blogs this year, whatever happened to my intention to do so once a month? One reason is that I’ve had far less trompe l’œil and decor work this year, so I’ve had fewer interesting topics to post about. I suppose I could have been tempted to write about cleaning,…

Stripey insects

Amongst the wild flowers in the lawn I discovered  this spider with wasp-like markings poised unmoving in the centre of her web; looking it up on the web (!) I found that it is indeed called a wasp spider, and depending on its age it weaves a zig zag design on its web, much as…

A wee nestling

In late June I found a wee swift nestling chirping frantically on the floor of my studio. The swifts had made their nest in a hole in the wall outside and somehow he’d fallen through to the interior landing softly on some fabric. I popped him in a nest I’d picked up years ago, and…

As April draws to a close…

….so I continue to draw our dog, she still inspires me, she’s so energetic and full of life I want to capture her energy and sense of fun. Gypsy is besotted by her red ball, whenever we walk her we have to take it with us, and we have to have ball sessions in the…

and March hared by…

I missed my personal target of blogging once a month, never mind I’ll do 2 this month….. that’s if I have anything to blog about! My most recent commission was for a “fresco”, a painting really, but painted into plaster on board which resembles a fresco, so that it can be moved if necessary; the…

One month

of the new year has passed already; however, rather than think of the speed at which time is flying by, I’m thinking on the positive side: at least Spring is drawing closer. I can’t wait for the cranes to pass overhead and announce warmer weather is on it’s way. Every year we honour the Scottish…

Happy New Year!

It’s the last day of 2018 so I thought I’d better cram in my last bog of 2018, especially as I haven’t got round to sending Christmas greetings!  So here’s my DIY Christmas card to all which is a Happy New Year card too. Print onto A4 paper and fold along the dotted lines. We…