Figs

A little break from my beloved peonies today………to my beloved figs. I love painting both so at this time of year it’s always a fight. Anyway, I’m setting up to do a bigger one of these figs as they are so gorgeous. I may be tempted to eat them, that’s always the trouble.
Have a lovely weekend. A quick reminder that next weekend, I’ll be demonstrating and selling work at the fabulous Childwickbury Arts Festival near Harpenden. If you’re going, please stop by and say hello. It’s a great family day out and I’m really looking forward to all the fabulous food there for one thing!!

1824 figs

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White peonies 2

Phew, my studio is like a furnace so I decamped to the kitchen to paint these and made use of the skylight. I really like the light coming from above so I may have to make a permanent move and send the family to live in the studio.

1823 white peonies 2

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White roses 2

I know we’re not allowed to complain but frankly, it’s pretty hard painting things that die in front of your very eyes, very quickly! I have been struggling with a white peony this morning, which decided to drop one side of its petals completely so I’m having to improvise. Anyway, I did these before the heatwave. Off to sit on the sunlounger (in the shade) while I eat my lunch.

1822 white roses 2

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Demo piece flowers

Ok, I am officially melting. It’s not funny anymore even though my studio is the coolest place……it’s still hot. I was going to go out and buy a fan but suspect there will have been a rush on them. Here’s another one I forgot, a quick demo from our last flower painting workshop. Next one September!

1821 demo piece flowers

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White peonies

Well, more peonies. What can I say? A little bit addicted.

1820 white peonies

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Demo piece

I forgot to post yesterday as I was so stuck into the peonies! Anyway, more of them later, once they’re dry. Before that, here’s a quick demo study I did at my recent workshops on the subject of which……….next ones are 11th and 12th September, still life and flower painting respectively and sometime in August I aim to run a plein-air workshop here near Towcester. Do email me if interested.

1818 demo piece

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Pink peonies

Good morning. I’m still on my peony roll and enjoying it so far. The weather has battered them all somewhat so I’ve been having to resort to friends’ gardens for their remnants. I bought some last week from a very well-known (and expensive shop) that were in bud and they have never bloomed!! They are still in tight bud form and starting to shrivel. I’m not amused but since the nearest branch is 10 miles away, I’m not going to return them and have a moan. In the meantime, here are some from last week. I’m waiting for the sun to come out so that I can get along to Coton Manor and paint the peonies in the beds there. Fingers crossed.

1817 pink peonies

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White roses

I’m still on those frustrating whites but just by way of a change, some roses this time. I think it’s called Madame Alfred Carrierre but I could be wrong. Anyway, its very abundant and grows best in my neighbour’s garden where it blooms profusely and I’m apt to nip in on the quiet and snaffle some…….fortunately, she’s very understanding.

1816 white roses

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Cut peonies

Well, after yesterday, it’s nice to see a bit of sunshine. I’m having fun with the peonies still so………..

1815 cut peonies

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Jug of peonies

Right! I’m on a peony mission this week. I actually did these a couple of weeks back but I’m still painting peonies and trying to capture that translucency. It’s going to be a long road so bear with me……………..

1814 jug of peonies

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