Wollerton Old Hall

I’m back in the studio after a lengthy but enjoyable trip to the USA. It was great fun, being ‘Granny’ and the weather was fabulous for the most part. I did end up regretting not taking my paints but……….next time.

So here I am trying to get back into the swing and fending off the jetlag. I thought I’d start with a study of this lovely rose in my garden since I’ll be painting them once they’re out in full force.
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NEWS
This afternoon, I’m gathering work together for an art event this weekend. It’s called Art in the Countryside and
it’s taking place in Newton Purcell, Bucks. Let me know if you are in the area and would like to go.
Other things I’m busy with…….finishing off a painting for the Chelsea Art Society – hand in on Monday so cutting it a little fine. Sorting out my next workshop which will be in November. Getting work ready for Childwickbury Art Fair (July 5-7th) and an exhibition with my painting pal Lesley Dabson in Aldeburgh (July 17-23rd). So you see, I’m not idling my time away. The garden is a jungle and the house is a tip but hey-ho……..painting comes first.

Have a wonderful, if soggy weekend.

Lemons

Hi everyone,

Just to keep you updated…….I’m still in USA in ‘Granny’ mode and enjoying every minute. I find myself with a bit of time on my hands this morning whilst Freya is at toddler group with Mummy.

I met a plein-air painter yesterday evening as Jobbers and I were walking into Bethesda to go to the cinema.  Had a great chat with him and I kind of wished I had my paints with me so that I could join him.  He’s told me about a lot of plein-air events locally and on the east coast so I might just have to come back!!

Incidentally, we went to see Red Joan starring the inimitable Judi Dench.  Highly recommend it.

In the meantime, just for your entertainment, I thought I’d show you a step-by-step of some cornishware and lemons I did a while back.  The sketch is long gone but it will be a couple of weeks until I get back in the studio.  I’m just hoping the peonies are still going then……..they’re everywhere here!

When I get back I’ll be straight into Art in the Countryside (details available) followed by handing in paintings to Chelsea Art Society an getting stuck into those peonies.  Happy days.

 

France and Pheasant’s eye

Hi all. I’m just back from France where I had a fab time painting with friends. We got up to all sorts of mischief and jollities but mostly painting. Some of us (not I) managed five paintings a day. Can’t keep up with that I’m afraid! The weather wasn’t brilliant and strong winds were trying their best to impede our progress but we’re a pretty hardened lot. The area is beautiful and besides painting the countryside and the canal, we were able to paint in a garden on the canal where I found a fabulous old Piaggio van which was well past its sell-by date.

The canal was beautiful and the village (Le Somail) is known for its beautiful bridge


Breton stripes abound!

The house we stayed in is beautiful – here’s the website in case you feel the need to go

Anyway, enough of all that. I arrived back to an explosion of colour in the garden and no time to paint. I managed a quick sketch of the last of the Pheasant’s Eye in the borders and started a large one of some Queen of the Night which will have to be finished later. Note to self: don’t book two long trips in May next year!! Still, I’ll be back for the roses. I’m off to Washington tomorrow to be ‘Granny’ – my second-favourite job. In the meantime, here’s the Pheasant’s Eye and I’ll be in touch when I get back in three weeks. Enjoy the sunshine……..when it arrives.

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Primrose

Good afternoon. I’m running around today like an idiot trying to pack for a painting trip to France tomorrow but thought I’d stop to post. I thought you’d like to see my working process so here’s a few snapshots of the stages (scroll down to see). I know a lot of you also paint so think it’s good to share. For this piece I used the following palette: Cad yellow/lemon/raw umber/yellow ochre/french ultramarine/titanium white and for the background, unbleached titanium and a bit of Kings Blue. Brushes used are Shiraz series by Rosemary & Co and painted on a Gaerstakker canvas board because I’ve got too busy to be prepping boards!!
You’ll see that I only draw in the subject quickly at the start but can make adjustments as I go along. Hope this is of interest and you’re not yawning your socks off! Will hopefully post from France and show you what I’m up to………so exciting!

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primrose,

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Fruit bowl

It’s Friday!! Nearly Easter so I shall be heading north next week for a family visit, taking some friends, walking, scoffing and a bit of painting thrown in if I have my way.
I’ve been working on gallery work but last week I had a great workshop with a lovely group over three days! Exhausting but fun and they did some great work. Here’s my effort which I made as a demo for them. I’ve been working on my next little one and taking progress shots so hoping to give you a bit of an insight into how I work but in the meantime, here’s a little fruit cocktail for you. Have a wonderful Easter!

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Cornishware and lemons

Ooooh, I have been enjoying this weather but it sends me into a panic with everything I want to paint coming on thick and fast. I’ll show you what I’ve been doing below but firstly, here’s a little one to take you into the weekend. I’m in summer mode I think.

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So anyway, I’ve had a bit of a pash this week for Magnolia Stellata, a somewhat gorgeous example of which is growing in my neighbours garden. After a couple of days of coveting over the fence, I had permission to scrump. So I’ve done these two and since Jobbers is away, I’ve managed to finish these two, one of which is a monster, in the week! I have to admit to a bit of a pash for these Fired Earth tiles too and I found this lovely old toolbox in a local bric-a-brac shop. Now you know where my money goes.

Yes, ok, so the last one is Ranunculus but I slipped it in there for good measure.

Anyway, that’s my week done. Off to Waitrose for some weekend goodies since everyone’s coming home. Happy Mother’s Day all you heroine’s of the bedtime stories.

Garlic

Well, I’ve just about recovered from Surrey Art Fair which was great fun with good sales but boy…….exhausting! Loved being in a little ‘enclave’ with painting pals. We did a lot of giggling and sharing of all things chocolate and were able to watch each others’ stands when the obligatory wee was required. I stayed in a sweet little airbnb up the road which I had to myself so at close of day didn’t need to speak………not that I could!
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’ve just been out to buy painting subjects for the weekend from the wholesaler so that’s me – holed-up for the next two days whilst you all enjoy some R&R. Not sure I thought it through properly so I’ve got a job on my hands to paint them before they die. Still, Jobbers is away so the house is empty bar me so I can make a rare old mess in the kitchen prepping panels and eating when I like. Bliss.
So, before I hit you with my flower bomb, here’s some good old garlic – always a great subject, panders to my obsession with whites and doesn’t wilt. Have a lovely weekend.

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Cherry blossom

I’ve been a little bit captivated of late by Monty Don in Japan. I’d love to see the cherry blossom but having to make do with a gorgeous tree in our village which heralds the very beginnings of spring each year. The owners kindly let me pinch a bit so I did this little oil sketch and then worked on a larger one for Surrey Contemporary Art Fair which is next weekend (let me know if you’d like a complimentary ticket).
Anyway, happy International Women’s Day to all you lovely people, regardless of gender (or not?)

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Tete-a-tete

Morning! I’m told that today is the last of the warm sunshine for a while but it’s given us a little taster of what’s to come. I had a great day painting in the sun in London on Sunday and look forward to a few more trips soon. I’ll be heading off to France in April with some painting buddies and hope to get lots done and chew the cud over some moules frites! In the meantime, here’s a little springtime cheer for you.

tete-a-tete

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Painting outside the Tate

Not quite finished!

Snowdrops 2

Oh this glorious sunshine is doing the soul some good!  The snowdrops in my garden a fairly twinkling.  I couldn’t resist doing another one.  Bubba has been out sunbathing in the garden for the first time this year. It must have been exhausting as he’s sparko in his basket now.  It’s a dog’s life.
Incidentally, I’m painting up a storm ready for the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair on March 15th-17th where I’ll be standing waiting for you in my best bib and tucker (well……..I’ll do my best). I have free tickets if you’d like them.

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