Seasonal changes

It’s been a busy summer for me with exhibitions, the B&B and the gite etc, things are calming down a bit now.  I installed my last exhibition of the year,  a 4 day group expo in Brantôme, a beautiful town about an hour north from us, often called the Venice of the Perigord,  which is…

A plumber’s smile

Graham’s been away nearly 5 weeks now in the UK working on our house there, so I’ve been busy busy busy with the B&B and changeovers, lots of washing ironing and gardening, mowing and strimming plus exhibitions looming, (and no time to seriously get down to painting in preparation for them……help!) Anyway without my handyman…

Plugging a good cause

Forgive me for promoting, but we’ve a friend who has an fascinating project on the go: Professor Gordon Murray (F1 designer) and his design team have been developing the OX flat-pack truck, designed with a view to benefiting people living in remote villages and townships across Africa and other parts of the developing world; in…

Rocmadour revisited.

It’s 26 years since we visited Rocamadour,  so for my birthday treat we had a grand day out in April. When it normally rains that day, the sun shone on me for once! Photographs don’t give it justice, it’s a stunning place.  Climbing the clock tower and out on to the promontory,  gazing  out at…

A triple haiku: an Ode to Hospital Food

I have a very dear friend in hospital at the moment, and having been by her bedside whilst food was served, I felt motivated to write an Ode to Hospital Food. Well… if Rabbie Burns can write an Ode to a Haggis, then that’s inspiration enough for me! One expects French hospital food to follow…

Departures from the norm

As I’ve done so many sketches and drawings lately, for a change I thought I’d try a relatively new medium for me: collage. I did a few some years ago, and in my usual disorganised fashion I’ve mislaid them, thereby giving credence to them being lost masterpieces in my imagination; of course when and if I find…

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…

Boxing day

I haven’t had a lot of time to be creative recenly, what with Christmas etc, however this week  I did manage to do a doggy portrait for a friend’s present: and the vegetarian  “turkey” was a little sculpture in nut roast and pastry:   next year, next year…. new resolutions as usual, involving me painting…

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…