Spring and colourful decor.

The cranes have started flying north, a lovely surprise on St Valentine’s Day (Graham’s birthday), signalling that Spring is on it’s way. Frosty mornings and warm sunny days are on the menu at the moment, with primroses and violets flowering, daffodils about to bloom, and buds developing on the trees. So it’s been warm enough…

More sketching

My New Year Resolution to paint more has involved mostly drawing and colour sketching, with a view to working in oils when it gets warmer. None of that freezing and starving in a garret for me I’m afraid;  my cat sketches meant I could be in the warm kitchen right next to the Rayburn! Lucy the cat, who…

Winter Solstice draws near.

Although we shall see the arrival of Winter Solstice in a few days and mornings are heavy with frost, come noon, day after day we’ve been bathed in glorious glaring sunshine, the cristal clear light streams through windows with unforgiving brilliance, equally the cloudless nights are brimming with mystical moonlight, while the eerie shapes in the landscape cloak themselves…

Back to school

I’ve  just returned from attending a stimulating abstract art course in Cornwall. We were working/playing in oil and its various additives and media, like encaustic and standoil in addition to the usual linseed and liquin which I normally use. I really enjoyed working among like-minded people; we were quite an eclectic bunch although all of…

Recent commissions

Here are 3 commissions I’ve completed recently. I didn’t like to post their progress until the clients had received and okayed them. The remit for this one was to have a mermaid and the sea in the piece. Here’s the sketch I did , in the ArtRage app, which I then moved into the Sketches…

What a mess!

I feel rather deflated now we have been voted out of the EU. Also rather cross that we weren’t allowed  to vote because we’ve lived here for more that 15 years, yet it will affect us enormously. If we had voted along with other British abroad, maybe the numbers voting to remain would have been…

Of Spring and things

Last week on Feb 12th the cranes started flying North, their rasping cries lift the spirits for I know now that Spring must be coming, especially as I hear swarms of tiny bees buzzing in the sun collecting pollen from the flowering remnants of an old box-hedge and from the catkin lanterns high up catching the sun’s…