Mussels and lemons

I was painting these for a gallery and thought I’d do a quick sketch first to sort out my yellows.  It seems as though summer is here (not sure what happened to spring) so it’s, I hope, a taste of things to come bringing thoughts of eating seafood in the balmy sunshine by the sea somewhere.  We had a fishy supper following the completion of said painting.  I was a little nervous as the mussels had been in the studio all day but I managed not to kill anyone.

Enjoy the sunshine.

1886 mussels and lemons

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Narcissi study

I hd a lovely morning at Coton Manor yesterday giving a demo.   It was, of course, miserable and wet so we had to be indoors and resort to a jug full of magnolia as so few blooms are appearing in this gloom.  Anyway, it was great fun and I met lots of lovely new people.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you that I have workshops coming up in the summer at Yardley Arts Centre.  Still life on 23rd July and flower painting on 24th, all levels welcome so do email me if you’re interested.  I also have just a couple of places left on the painting trip to France – again all levels welcome.

Here’s one I made earlier plus a sneaky peak at the magnolia from yesterday which still needs a bit of tweaking.

1885 narcissi study

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Figs 2

I had great fun at the studios of BBc Radio Northampton on Sunday morning. It’s all quite fascinating in there and I was able to chunter on about my work and exhibition.
I’m going to be working on a few big ones this week so oil sketches may be sporadic. Here’s one to be going on with. Figs yet again!

1884 figs2

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Figs 1

I think it may be here!! Spring, that is. Definitely warmer so that’s a good thing right?
There’s only one week left to see my exhibition at 78 Derngate, Northampton with paintings of the gardens and its produce. Speaking of which, I’ll be on Radio Northampton on Sunday morning around 10.35 speaking to John Griff about the exhibition, my painting journey and all sorts. Maybe even mention the theft!! Two paintings were taken off the wall and snuck past the desk. I know! Outrageous. Luckily all my facebook friends and the police are on it so I may get them back, you never know. Not quite Ocean’s Eleven but a big loss to me all the same. I do hope you’ll pop in and see the exhibition anyway. Also, I’m doing a demo at Coton Manor next Tuesday. If you’d like to come and watch, go to their website and book yourself on via their garden school. Fab lunch included and I can recommend their cakes…….sadly.

1883 figs1

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Well, here we are…’s Easter. Feeling a bit chilly but will be lovely to have Flora home and Joe will be coming round too plus extended family. Hoping for a nice walk at some stage and supper with friends tomorrow.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

1881 narcissi

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Narcissi and teapot

I love it when spring arrives and you can fill your house with flowers. Every container in the house gets used! I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a painting demo at Coton Manor gardens on April 10th as a follow up to my exhibition which still has a week or two to run. Exhibition is at 78 Derngate and the demo sign up is  Here are some daffs to be getting on with.


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Cherries in blue dish

Ooooh, I’ve got the kitchen doors open and it’s marvellous. I’m hoping it’ll ward off the mini-mini-beast which is supposedly on its way. I’m a little tired today after a late night trip to see Michael McIntyre for Jobber’s birthday. Very funny so well worth it.
Here are some cherries for you.

1880 cherries in blue dish

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I feel I should be in the greenhouse today but can’t tear myself away from the studio. I’m working on a few large ones for various venues but had time to do these pears this morning before scoffing one at lunchtime!
1878 pears

Primula 2

Hi all. Oh, so lovely to see the sun and feel a little warmth on the old bones. About time. I thought I’d celebrate the spring equinox with this herald, another version of the one I painted last week.

1879 primula 2

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Thought I’d post this one before the weekend. Hoping the weather won’t be too disruptive but maybe I’ll get to paint the snow……. Have a lovely weekend.

1877 primula

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