This honeysuckle grows over an arch in our garden but this year is completely weighing it down so that there is a definite listing to port. I have come to a decision to go AWOL and am taking a month off daily painting. I need to get some larger work done, sort out the tip we have been living in and even make friends with my ironing basket. In between I need to fit in a few days walking in Bavaria and a family jape in Croatia so, you see my need! I wish you all a wonderful summer and I’ll be back online mid-August with a bit of luck and a fair wind, with some new prints and exciting news. In the meantime, I will be drawing the lucky winner of a daily painting from my subscriber list next Tuesday so don’t forget to check the post, you never know.
My favourite rose. What a busy couple of days getting ready for Flora going off on hockey tour to South Africa. Economical packing is not in her vocabulary at all. Anyway, I waved her off this afternoon and am feeling a little bereft so will hit the easel hard tomorrow. Some exciting news: my portrait of Diana has been accepted into the RBSA portrait prize exhibition which is a massive thrill, especially for my first proper portrait. The exhibition runs from next Wednesday in Birmingham if you’re interested in going.
After the wedding on Saturday, I managed to snaffle some peonies from a table. Now, by rights, peonies should not have made an appearance at a July wedding, but the wet spring meant there were plenty available for the nuptials. They came all the way from Essex and were splendid.
This was how I started, blocking in tones.
And carried on building up.
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No still life today. I thought I would show you my painting of Colin, a lightening-blue whippet. His proud owners were married on Saturday and this was a wedding present. They’re not called lightening for nothing. Trying to get him to hold still for a shot was impossible and I had to involve the father-of-the- bride in some dog-handling in order to get a photo to work from. Peonies never seem to give me this trouble! Congratulations to Sophie and Ed, last seen disappearing into the western sky in a helicopter!
More figs. This wallpaper is not in my house but it’s a made up amalgamation of some I’ve seen and photographed. I’m gearing up for the forthcoming heat wave………..next week’s subject matter has gone in the fridge!
I’m back to figs although they are a rarity at this time of year my way. Hopefully they will be in good supply when family German head southeast at the end of the month for a couple of weeks.
I seem to have driven the length of the country today, taking paintings to various venues on top of which it’s school holidays so chauffeuring duties resume. In the meantime, I forgot to blog this one when I was on my magnolia binge. Heat wave approaching apparently! Let’s wait and see.
Wednesday top tip………. If you have paintings to move around, you need Stiffybags! Great invention that do away with yards and yards of bubble wrap.
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I’m a bit distracted this afternoon by the wonderful Miss Robson. What a shame for her, but what a little fighter, she’ll be back. So, back to the studio to finish up now.
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