wrapped lemon

8''x8'' oil on gessoboard - SOLD

Well there were lots of these in Spain.  However, these particular beauties were found at my local vegetable stall and I couldn’t resist the wrapping on this Italian lemon.  I love foreign packaging and have brought back an empty tomato tin from Spain to paint!   I had to eat the tomatoes for breakfast before an early flight as my luggage allowance was looking decidedly unhealthy.  Anyway, that’s for another day when things have settled down.



7''x5'' oil on canvas - SOLD

After a week in Spain, my mind is on tomatoes!  Spain was lovely but why oh why do they serve dull tourist food!  That’s what you get for going on a cheap and cheerful to the coast.   Having never been before and having had wonderful meals in Barcelona and Madrid, I found it all a bit disappointing – it’s a long way to go for a chop served with chips!  I’m sure however that I was just in the wrong restaurants.  Comments?

Jug and egg

8”x8” oil on gessoboard, SOLD

A quick picture of a jug with an egg brought to me straight from a friend’s hen!

More cherries

5''x7'' oil on canvas-SOLD

Well, they were such fun to paint that I did some more!


8''x8'', oil on gessoboard-SOLD

Here’s a lovely, juicy pear taking centre stage.  I think lighting from the top gives a subject an air of drama.  As for apples, well my lawn is covered in little unfulfilled spheres of goodness that have dropped off the tree in protest at the lack of rain (did I say lack of rain?! I think I was referring to last month!).  That and the fact that I haven’t had time to thin them out has really upset the little blighters.


8''x8'' oil on gessoboard-SOLD

I had to be really quick painting these as they never last long in our house.  My daughter will get through a whole punnet in five minutes.  They are delicious at this time of year though.


8''x8'' oil on gessoboard

I went to Hampton Court flower show on Friday and despite wind and rain, the gardens were really inspiring.  I came home and felt quite flat looking at my somewhat bedraggled borders.  As my school reports used to say, could do better!


5''x7''', oil on canvas - SOLD

So after the mushrooms, it’s ketchup.  As I have B&B guests again this weekend, I thought a breakfast theme, no?  Speaking of B&B guests, what with that and the other things taking up my time like holidays, visitors and a painting workshop, things on the old blogging front may be a little sporadic over the next few weeks but will be full-on back to the grindstone come mid-August.  To save time, why not sign up on the right here and the new posts will drop into your inbox as and when.  It’s very easy and safe as I will never give your details away!  Just enjoy:)


8''x8'', oil on gessoboard - SOLD

I really love the colours in mushrooms, all very subtle but there nevertheless.  These massive great cup mushrooms were from the ”vegetable lady” whose name I’m going to ask soon.  I can’t keep referring to her as the ”vegetable lady” but we all do!  She’s only in town on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and it’s a treat to visit her stall on a sunny morning.

Swiss chard

8''x8'', oil on gessoboard - SOLD

I picked this yesterday morning, painted it and then made a Swiss tart using it and some gruyere cheese – delicious.  This was a recipe from a favourite chef, Allegra McEvedy’s Colour Cookbook.  It’s really easy to grow and I have it outside the kitchen in old crates so I can just pick it easily and bung it in a salad – wonderful.  It’s also great mixed with cream or goat’s cheese and chilli sauce, stuffed into chicken breasts which, hmmm………..might be on the menu ce soir.