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.

Black magnolia

oil on canvas 8''x8''

Although I finished this a few weeks ago, I have had to wait for the paint to dry to photograph it!  I have always loved the white version but this one is even better.  I wasn’t able to paint today as I have B&B guests staying (I live near Silverstone racetrack) and then had a thousand errands to run.  I had some friends for supper last night and one of them brought me some gorgeous cream roses from her garden (thanks Lucy!).   I was itching to paint them all day, that and the ketchup bottle left on the table from breakfast (sacrilege in my view) which is calling to me to be painted.  Hopefully the ketchup will last into next week even if the roses don’t.

Lemons and jug

oil on gessoed board 8''x8'' - SOLD

On a bit of a theme again.  I found a jug with the same blue band similar to the gravy boat  at an antiques market a few weeks ago so decided to try this shape out.  It’s really a way of doing the same painting again in a different way with a slight variation on the object in order to try out slightly different techniques.

Lemon and Gravy Boat

Oil on Gessoed Board 8'' x 8'' - SOLD

I thought I would stay on the china theme and found this gravy boat hiding in my cupboard.  The blue band required a complementary colour hence the lemon


And another staple from our kitchen cupboard at home.  You either love it or hate it but I have a guilty secret.  My favourite all time comfort food, a reserve for really blue days only, is toast, marmite and……………marmalade on top.  You should try it.  I personally think this is where the concept for sweet and sour started.  Another is cheese on toast with marmalade on top – a pleasure that my older brother introduced me to when we were teenagers with hollow legs  – but you need to be virtually suicidal to justify that many calories over the age of……

oil on canvas 7"x5" - SOLD

let’s say thirty five.

Teacup 2

oil on gessoed board 8X8 - SOLD

Thought I would keep to the teacup theme.  I love painting the colour white and Titanium White is such a slurpy, squidgy consistency………….mmmmm.

Need to get a life!

Cup stack

Time for a change from flowers I think.  This one is of my favourite china – cornishware – of which there is an unseemly plethora in my cupboards.  It may not be very PC to say so, but it’s just so British!  My mother had some storage jars of this ilk and I was fascinated by them……………not least because it was where she hid the biscuits on a high shelf!

oil on gessoed board 8X8 - SOLD

Lilac in jug 2

I really enjoyed yesterdays challenge - so decided to try again.

oil on gessoed board 8"x8 - SOLD


Lilac in jug

This glorious lilac was crying out to me from the garden last week and I had a chance to post it today.  I always feel that we’re heading straight into summer when the lilac is over………..bittersweet.

Three Tomatoes

These three lovelies reminded me of my children…………it looks like they’re having an argument!  I loved those glossy skins and wanted to paint them immediately.  Can’t wait for my tomato plants to grow and give me a crop although I doubt very much if I’ll manage anything as gorgeous as these. Still homegrown always taste a lot, lot better.  In the meantime, a slug of olive oil, a bit of garlic and as Jamie Oliver would say ‘’some herbage’’ and we’re in business – pasta tonight!  This is becoming a bit of a cooking blog!!  Bank holiday and half-term to boot so am heading up to the Yorkshire Dales for a spot of family visiting.  Since I haven’t quite mastered the art of blogging on the road, will be back in a couple of days.