Always good practice to practise.

As usual I have loads of ideas for projects and paintings, but I’m feeling a little rusty;  it requires a certain amount of courage to embark on a voyage of discovery paint-wise which can so easily end in feelings of failure and be a waste of precious time, so whenever I have a free moment I limber up by painting small and simple studies, which is always enjoyable….. mind you, sometimes they can be failures too!

The 1st two showing the first stage, then final stage. The 3rd one is a painting I did from the painting rather than the still-life itself, thereby removing myself from reality and giving me freedom to play with colour.


these are 10 x 10cm in acrylic



I painted this directly on board, I struggled a bit as you can see, so I painted them a 2nd time on canvas and closed in on the image more, I much prefer the softness the canvas texture gives, so the first one goes in the bin!:


15 x 15 cm                                    10 x 10


olives and eggs, 10 x 10 cm



Top: showing the first stage for the oranges, all at 15 x 15cm:



I first spotted cranes starting their annual journey south in mid October, their mournful cries always create in me a deep-rooted sense of loss, the sensation often feels quite overwhelming and perhaps links to our ancient ancestors being so well tuned to nature: summer’s plenty has ended, winter’s struggles begin; intermittently,  flocks continue to fly over us well into November; a few stragglers flew over the house yesterday wheeling round in confusion till they found their bearings and headed south again.

Just now we’re having glorious days of sunshine after early morning frosts, the colours this year are wonderful:







5 thoughts on “Always good practice to practise.

  1. beautiful post Liz, we’re having some lovely crisp sunny days here on the Humber, and one of the lovely surprises is being on a migration route, so we see the v formations of geese flying south, as we potter in the garden. I think some are arriving to winter in UK and I’m not sure what they all are, but it’s a lovely honk honk overhead as you do the autumn jobs. xx

    • Hello Ellen, good to hear from you, how are you? Hope you are enjoying your new home. How lovely to also be on a migration route, my guess is that they are Canada geese, as I have friends with a lake, and they get invaded annually by hordes of them when they have a wee rest from their journey. It can be a very messy business! XxL

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