It’s February already!

It doesn’t seem possible that Christmas has been and gone and January as well! Here in our area of France they tend to leave Christmas decorations up in January, so for the first time since we’ve been here I left our Christmas decorations up until the Burns Night 25th January as we celebrate that as…

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April Fool’s day, poisson d’avril.

Happy Poisson d’avril! After sketching this on the iPad ( with the inevitable inclusion of Gypsy, (and I don’t know why they’re dancing the syrtaki Greek dance, I should have portrayed them dancing the Ukrainian hopak…. that’s for next year’s! ) Anyway, I became curious as to whether other countries celebrate the 1st of April…

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all!!

As regards my previous post in October my resolution is completely out the window! I have been busy on Instagram though, here are some snippets of what I’ve been up to the last couple of months. I’ve been taking loads of painting courses some offered by St Ives School of Painting http://www.schoolofpainting.co.uk with various artists,…

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…

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…

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…