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…

Miscellaneous musings

Miscellaneous: when I find it hard to get to my studio because of juggling various jobs, (and when I do get there I struggle)  I give myself a break and paint the house instead. After painting outside doors and shutters, I turned my attention on the entrance which was looking rather tired, not surprising considering I…

Merry Christmas to all!

I have a few blog posts lined up in my head, but this one is important in order to send you all Christmas Greetings! If you fancy doing some arts and crafts, then print this onto an A sheet of paper and fold along the dotted lines. There are a couple of sketches below to…

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…

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…

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…