Primrose in a pot

Another pot from my Reykyavik haul.  I really need to get a grip, my props cupboard is groaning now.

Good weather is forecast for the weekend so I hope you all have a wonderful one and the Mums among you are thoroughly spoilt.


1787 primrose in a pot

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard


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Primrose in a cup

Not sure what’s going on but this year I have had loads of these primroses popping up in the lawn and now they’ve been followed by little white violets……..very weird but quite welcome.  The little cup was one of my Reykyavik purchases from a talented potter called Bjarni Sigurdsson.  His ceramics were a little bit too tempting and at Icelandic prices……a bit of a treat.

1786 primrose in a cup

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It’s been a weird day.  I think I must still be very tired from the weekend but I went off to a friend’s house for a lunch celebrating a birthday, only to find it is supper tonight and not lunch!!  Feeling very sheepish, I returned to the studio and did a daily painting trying to ignore all the repeatedly boring drivel regarding Martin McGuiness on the radio.  Hopefully, my brain will return soon to its former state……..which isn’t saying a lot frankly.


1785 pomegranate

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard – SOLD



Hellebores 2

Phew!  I’m utterly exhausted after a full-on weekend in Brick Lane at the Talented Art Fair.  Great fun and sold some paintings so happy but tired.  Just as well I’d finished this little sketch last week as all I want to do today is put everything away, stock up at Waitrose and drink tea!  Welcome to my new bloggees too, great to have you on board and lovely to meet you this weekend.


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1784 hellebores 2

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard

Hellebores 1

Well I had a very busy and exciting day yesterday. Firstly, we were privileged to attend the unveiling ceremony of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial in the presence of the Queen at Horseguards Parade yesterday. Next, onto the Affordable Art Fair at Battersea where I dropped in to see the Art Salon girls and my paintings. Lots of great work on display everywhere and a rather nice champagne bar! After that, a delicious supper at Ottolenghi with friends from the US that we only get to see once every few years. Tired today……….
Here’s another vase of hellebores to herald in the spring. I’ll be in Iceland next week and then at Talented Art Fair, Brick Lane at the weekend so no posts for a week. Have a great weekend.

1783 hellebores 1

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Globe Artichoke

I’m scurrying around trying to get ready for Talented Art Fair on 17th because I’m off on a trip to Iceland this weekend.  Really looking forward to it and hoping for whales and northern lights.  The weather forecast isn’t looking great though so I may just resort to eating a lot of herring.  We’ll see.

If you can’t get to Talented but fancy going to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, today until Sunday, I will have work on the stand of Art Salon (stand C5).  You can print off free tickets here using the code ARTSALONPV.  There, a little freebie on a rainy day for you.

Here’s a sketch of an artichoke that I did prior to the larger painting I showed you on Monday.

1782 globe artichoke

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Garlic and Iznik tiles

Here’s another one of the larger paintings Garlic and Iznik tiles, destined for the same coming project, whilst I busy myself with some dailies in my studio this week.  I have the doors flung open and Bubba is basking in the spring sunshine………..bliss!  The washing up is piled high in the sink but, what the heck.

I thought you’d like to know that I shall be having a stand at the Talented Art Fair in the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London on March 17th-19th.  If you’d like a ticket for the private view on Friday 17th at 6pm, do let me know and I’ll send you one.  I’ll have lots of my larger paintings on display as well as prints, cards and notelets.


Artichoke, Cabbages and Roses

I’ve been pretty busy painting larger works lately for a special reason which is under wraps at the moment. Hopefully, I’ll be able to impart that info in a couple of months but in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview. Hope you like it.

Artichoke, cabbages and roses