Blue hydrangeas

I actually did this sketch twice as it was for a larger painting and I was trying to sort something out in my head. Apart from that I really enjoyed the challenge so there’s always a reason!

1830 blue hydrangeas

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Cornish hydrangeas

Bump! I’m back in the saddle. That was a rather long absence I admit but very busy with painting trips, exhibitions, horrendously big birthday, holiday and much painting of larger works. Anyway, I’m here for a little while before the next trip in two weeks to Italy (paints packed!) so I’ll be doing a few oil sketches. These are some of those gorgeous blue hydrangeas, the like of which I only seem to find in Cornwall, so bright a hue are they. When I put them in my “dark” box, the colours sang even more. Couldn’t resist scrumping by the side of the road. One of these days………

1829 cornish hydrangeas

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Peaches and cherries

Another one which sold off the easel last weekend. I couldn’t repeat it because I forgot to cover them up and when I got back the next morning, they were covered in ants!!
I think I told you I’m not painting for the next few weeks but I did manage a late afternoon trip (too hot in the day!) to Coton Manor for my “July” painting before I head off. I think I might try that again as it was lovely and cool.

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Peonies demo

Well, a good weekend and delightful Childwickbury although extremely tiring!
I’m spending this week getting ready for wedding/holiday/birthday celebrations so will post the ones that I did as demos at the weekend. Here’s the first where I struggled with the diffused light in the marquee.

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Pitcher of peonies

All hung at Childwickbury. I’ll be up with the lark in the morning and heading back down the M1 with my paints to demonstrate. Fridays is great as there’s always a visit from some primary school children who ask the most hilarious questions – can’t wait to hear what tomorrows will be. I’m squeezing every last drop out of the peony season and have some in the fridge to take with me tomorrow but think the petals will probably all drop off en route. Cherries packed as back-up!

1828 pitcher of peonies

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Pink peonies again

I’m very sad that we’ve come to the end of peony season but at the same time, it will be nice to move on. I’m a bit peonied-out. Today is packing up for Childwickbury day which is a bit of a mission……getting it all in the car. If I don’t get a chance to blog tomorrow when I’m setting up, have a great weekend and hope to see some of you there.

pink peonies again 1827

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Peony study

A quicky today as I’m on babysitting duty this afternoon. My young charge from next door is currently sorting out my button jar. In fact, it’s my mother’s button jar that I used to sort out happily of an afternoon back in the day. Funny how little things capture small imaginations. I can hear her singing in the kitchen as I type – little does she know that her sorting will all be in vain as I’ll stick them back in the jar when she’s gone ready for her next visit so she can do it all over again, she’ll be none the wiser.

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Watermelon

I painted this during the hot spell last week. As you can see, I couldn’t resist the refreshing juices on a steamy day. I’m spending this week gearing up and packing for Childwickbury at the end of the week and over the weekend. Love this festival, such happy vibes, chummy artists and great music and food without having to spend hours looking for your pals if you have to dash off to the loo like at Glastonbury. Ok, so Ed Sheeran won’t be there but apart from that, what’s not to like?

1825 watermelon

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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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