tomato quarter on cup

8''x8'', oil on gessoboard

Got a bit of a theme going here.  May as well get it out of my system.

tomato quarter

oil on canvas, 8''x8'' - SOLD

It’s going to be a hot one this weekend apparently, so I went to the greengrocer’s stall today and stocked up on salad stuff.  All we need now is some sunshine and then we can BBQ the steak I bought at the butcher and bingo………….easy suppers.  Apart from a school event tomorrow, we have nothing much planned which means a lovely mellow Sunday in the garden……………mmm, that’s what summer is all about.  Or will I just look at all those weeds and feel the need to jump up…………….oh resist, resist.

Teacup again

oil on gessoboard 8''x8'', SOLD

So these technical gliches are driving me steadily crazy.  I’m just a self-confessed IT Neanderthal and things have got to change.  I’m posting this picture to see how it looks because apparently………..I have pixel problems.  No kidding!

Anyway, it’s two for one today as I’d already posted the Tete-a-tete.


oil on gessoboard 8''x8''

Whilst I am busy sorting out some technical gliches, I thought I would post this painting done back in March.  These little gems were one of the first signs of spring and already, we’re in high summer……………… although nobody thought to tell the weather that.  It would be nice to think that we’ll get some sunshine soon.

White iris

oil on gessoboard 8''x8''

These irises appear in my flowerbed mid-summer but I have no idea where they came from.  I think they may have started life as another colour and then cross-pollonated.  Anyway, they are a welcome sight and give some height to the border.


oil on gessoboard 8''x8''

The garden is full of these at the moment, which is great as they fill in the gaps.  They also cover the verges on the side of the road and are the essence of high summer………………..even in the rain.

Cornishware and cherries

Át the risk of sounding like all I do is party………………..had some girls round for supper last week to plan a birthday – great fun!  One of them brought these lovely cherries which didn’t get eaten up as they were accompanied by a Walnut Torte, much the favourite and a closely guarded recipe of her great aunt in Bavaria.  I may have to resort to torture.

oil on gessoboard 8''x8'' - SOLD

wild sweetpeas

Outside my friend’s house is a bank of these gorgeous sweetpeas, growing wild and scrambling down the bank towards the road.  Their jewel-like colours really sing out in the sunshine and they are irresistible to me…………… I always stop and gather an armful then apologise the next time I see said friend!

oil on gessoboard 8''x8''-SOLD

Lucy’s roses

A technical glitch meant that those of you who have subscribed, unfortunately did not receive the picture of the roses that accompanied today’s post.  I am a technical Neanderthal and am working hard to join the 21st century – you’ll have to bear with me though……….Rome wasn’t built in a day.

In the meantime, the pics can be seen by going to website and clicking on Daily Blog.  Sorry – must try harder!



Lucy’s roses

oil on gessoed board 8''x8'' SOLD

photo of roses in shadowboxoil on gessoed board 8”x8”

Well, the roses did last into Monday, but only just.  However, the wonderful thing about roses is that they look just as good in the last throes of death as they do when they’ve just bloomed.  I wanted to do a looser, more impressionistic study of them and may yet put a glaze over the back blooms to send them further into the background and make the front ones ‘pop’.  I will post it again once they paint has dried and I have amended it so you can see what you think.