Merry Christmas!

I’ve just come to the end of another lovely week in the Hepsibah Gallery, Hammersmith, London and thought I would quickly post my best wishes to you before I head off to spend Christmas with family across the pond next week.  I would like to thank you all for your support in 2018 – it means so much to me.

When I come back, I’m going to be kicking off the new year with a brand new, updated website which is currently a work in progress.  I’ve also got some workshops lined up as well as a couple of exhibitions so busy, busy, busy.  I’m hoping to find time to keep up to date with my blog and do some more small oil sketches to put on.  I don’t quite know how I managed to lose sight of those………

So, as the website is under construction, I have no idea how to add an image to this post!!  It just remains for me to wish you and yours the warmest, loveliest Christmas and a productive 2019.

All best wishes



News from the studio

Hi everyone,

Thought I’d grab a minute to connect after a busy period. I’ve been gearing up for my next exhibition, in London (Brackenbury Village to be precise) this time during the first week of December. I did it last year with my painting pal Lesley Dabson and we had a fun and successful week so roll on. We’d love to see you at private view on Thursday 6th from 6.30 for a glass of wine to get you in the festive spirit. If not, we’re there every day too so pop in for a look and a chat.
Next week I’ll be joining the merry throng at the Mall Galleries for the ROI private view. It’s always a great afternoon and a chance to catch up with lots of painting mates. Networking is not something that happens that often when you’re at home in the studio so much of the time so I’m really looking forward to that. Jobbers had a foot operation three weeks ago to remove a ganglion which was pressing on a nerve so he’s been home for nearly a month. So, I was delighted to have the house back to myself this morning I have to say. I miss our chatty coffees in the kitchen but it’s surprising how much time you can waste when you have someone at home! On the plus side, he did help me with my tax return which is my absolute bete noire 🙂
Below you can see what I’ve been working on lately. I’ve been obsessed with textured plaster walls and white pots which will of course feature in the exhibition. White is such a challenge but there are lots of colours in white subjects so it’s all about temperature change. Also, pics of Christmas cards now available and the flyer for our l’il show. Stay warm.

Walnuts and pots 10×20″

Mistletoe Christmas card

Contemporary Classics exhibition


Hi all. I thought I’d send you this photo of ‘Stan’ painted as a birthday commission. He’s a cute little terrier with a slightly bent front leg so don’t think I don’t know! I enjoyed painting him and his owner is delighted….phew!
I wanted to let you know that I have packs of Christmas cards available. See below packs of 6 cards for £5.00 plus £2.00 p+p for up to four packs. If you’d like some do email me back as they’ll be here next week and I can send them out.
So, what else have I been up to? Lots of painting, naturally and I’m in the middle of organising next year’s workshops. If you’re interested, do let me know and I’ll put your name on the list. I’ll be heading up to London for the ROI pv on November 27th and then shortly after that I’ll be setting up for my exhibition in Hammersmith with Lesley Dabson from 3rd December. If you’d like an invitation for either of those pvs, do let me know.


Mistletoe Christmas card

Prints for Christmas

Long time, no speak. Needless to say, I’ve been pretty busy and not really done many oil sketches lately, just larger paintings for my upcoming exhibition at in Hammersmith from 3rd – 9th December with Lesley Dabson. However, in the meantime, I just wanted to let you know that I have prints available for those ‘posting’ Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones in far-flung places. They come signed, mounted and cellophane wrapped and measure 13.5×14 inches all in. They are priced at £55 but as a little Christmas offer, I’m happy to post it out to you or your recipient, free of charge. Can’t say fairer than that!
I’ve got some figs staring at me from the fridge so hope to do some oil sketches of those this week. Watch this space!

Limited edition giclee print

Art Trail

A corner of my room…..

Just a little reminder that I’m opening my studios this weekend and next (including next Friday) from 10-2pm each day as part of the South Northamptonshire Art Trail. Here’s a tiny snippet of what’s on offer. Christmas cards are going fast so do come early if you’d like some. You can find me at Chapel Cottage, Caldecote, Northants, NN12 8AG opposite the telephone box. Just look out for the yellow bunting. I’ll have original still life and plein-air as well as oil sketches, prints and cards. There are lots of artists to visit in the area too. Hence the name, ‘trail’. Look forward to seeing you. Now……..where did I put those cake tins??

Little yellow boat

Little yellow boat 10×8

I’ve been outrageously remiss in posting on my blog for such a long time! I was prompted to post today after my third email enquiry by one of you lovely readers into my well-being. So moved by such concern. Anyway, I’m absolutely fine it’s just been a bit hectic with working on large paintings for galleries, fairs and organising workshops and our painting holiday in France. I’ve only been back from France for two weeks but we had a blast and the painters came up with some great work so all’s well. The painting above is a quick demo I did sitting in a very precarious position on the towpath under a bridge in quite a strong wind having to shift for cyclists every so often. I’m amazed I didn’t end up in the drink! I was drawn to this unloved little yellow boat as it sat idly under the big tree near a bend in the canal. The area was outstandingly lovely and the house amazing. Kim provided us with some scrumptious meals and the painters even had a dip in the pool after a hard day’s work. My summer has also been taken up with exhibiting at Snape Maltings and Patchings. So, you see, I haven’t been idle.
With all this going on, my small oil sketches are few and far between but bear with me, I’ll be posting more regularly soon. An alternative is to sign up to my newsletter and if ping me an email I can do it for you. They are more newsy but less frequent (ha!). I’m also on FB penny german art or most often instagram @pennygerman. Hope this finds you well.

Lemons and cherries

Just about settled back on my perch after the trip to Patchings.  Always such good fun with lots of new artists and old friends to catch up with plus lots of lovely customers.  A big welcome to all my new subscribers.  It was lovely to meet you all.  I did a few oil sketches whilst I was there and here is one of them.  I can’t quite believe our luck with the weather and am just waiting for the stooks in our village to be cut and stacked so that I can go and paint them.  In the meantime, I’m still busy catching up on gallery work and trying to fit in a few painting trips in between.  I have workshops on Monday and Tuesday in Yardley Hastings, Northants at their gorgeous new art centre.  There’s room for one more if you’re interested.

1890 lemons and cherries

8×8 oil on canvasboard – SOLD


Lemons and bowl

Long time no post!  It’s been a bit of a hectic summer so far so forgive the lack in blogging.  I wanted to let you know, I’ll be at Patchings Arts Festival, near Nottingham this coming weekend, Thursday-Saturday inclusive and would love to see you if you’re coming.  I will have ‘not so dailies’ and also larger works plus info on workshops, painting holiday etc.  In the meantime, I’m working on that newsletter!

Enjoy the weather, the tennis and the football.

1889 lemons on bowl

20x20cm oil on canvasboard



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Carnaval de Nice

Hi there. I know, I’ve been very sporadic with these oil sketches but I am really busy beavering away for my upcoming exhibition at Snape Maltings (Quay Gallery 7-13th June) as well as running workshops. I thought I’d post this littl’un to remind you I’m here and also remind you that you can unsubscribe any time by just replying to this email with “Unsubscribe” in the subject box……..yawn, just covering the GDPR bases. If you’re in the Aldeburgh area in June, I’d love to see you at the exhibition which I’ll be manning each day. Here’s the one beautiful Carnaval de Nice tulip that flowered in that first heatwave. The rest didn’t bother and who can blame them. That’s the trouble with ready-potted ones I think. They’re quite tempemental.

1888 Carnaval de nice

20x20cm oil on canvasboard SOLD




Hi there.  Long time, no speak.  I’ve been really busy painting like a madwoman for an exhibition at Snape Mailtings in early June.  A long way off do I hear you say?  Well yes but that doesn’t take into account for the fact that I’ll be locking my studio next week for a fortnight whilst I indulge my visiting grandaughter.  She’s an absolute joy and I don’t see nearly enough of her.  There isn’t much that will distract me from painting but she does!

Before I show you my latest small painting, I must remind you of my privacy policy in advance of the changes to data protection law in the next few weeks.  Doubtless you’re quite sick of companies asking you to confirm that you want to stay on their mailing list.  Well good news.  Since you voluntarily subscribed to this blog, you need to nothing unless you’d like not to receive any more of these little gems in our inbox.  In that case, just reply with the word Unsubscribe in the subject line.  How simple is that.  YOUR DATA IS KEPT IN A SECURE LOCATION ON A SECURE WEBSITE AND I WILL NEVER PASS YOUR DETAILS ON TO A THIRD PARTY.  I value your friendship too much!  Of course, you can always follow me on FB or Instagram @penny german and I’m working on a monthly newsletter to send out for those that prefer little and often.

So, enough of that.  I’ve been enjoying the primroses in the garden and somehow just alighted on these two little blooms in this shallow bowl.  Little things like this just speak to me.

1887 primrose

20CMX20CM oil on canvasboard – SOLD