Snowdrops in blue cup

I hope all you mummies out there had a lovely day yesterday and were thoroughly spoilt.  With the rain back today, it’s feeling a bit grim but there are still snowdrops in my garden and signs of other things coming.

I also managed to plant my three new roses, bought especially to paint later on in the year.  Desdemona, Claire Austin and Sweet Juliet.  Delish!  Prepping boards this afternoon……groan.  I’ve posted information on new workshops on my website workshops page.  Two new lovely venues so do take a peak and email me if it floats your boat.

1875 snowdrops in blue cup

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Hellebores and cherries

Hi, I’ve been busy with larger works again but managed to get some Hellebores painted. They are so gorgeous, heralding the arrival of spring (!) with their garnet red petals.
How fortunate that I had some cherries in the studio too which match their colours beautifully!!
Have a lovely weekend……heading north tomorrow so no time to paint 🙁

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Cherries and little pot

After a hectic morning, I decided to carry on with cherries as they make me feel warmer! Driving to the doctor’s surgery, we had to leave the car abandoned half way as the road was blocked with snowdrifts and abandoned cars.
I have to say, I’m a little tired of the beast now. I set up my easel in the greenhouse to paint the fields beyond our garden in the relative shelter but the snow on the fields is all but gone now!
Hey ho, best laid plans.

Cherries and little pot

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Cherries and square pot

Here’s a little taste of summer to cheer you up whilst you fend off ‘the beast’. Snow is swirling around my studio and I’m tucked up in there with the heater and radio on. Bliss.

1867 cherries and square pot

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Snowdrops on my palette

After a lot of indecision this morning, we finally had our snowdrop workshop today and hopefully, everyone’s managed to get home safely.  I did this the other day when I just thought……hmm.  No pots.

Tape them to my board!  Hoping to paint some snow tomorrow although, it doesn’t seem to want to settle.



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Snowdrops in a square pot

It was touch and go last night whether we would have to cancel the workshop today but, not a flurry in sight, we all managed to get there and the workshopees made some brilliant work.  It warms my heart when they say they’ve learned lots and go home happy bunnies.

Another one booked for tomorrow, snowdrops this time but I’d prefer snowdrops without the snow tomorrow.  On Thursday, bring it on!  Want to get out there and paint but tomorrow, just want to get all my lovelies there and home safely.


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Helllloooooo.  I’m back after an extensive leave of absence.  That’s quite enough time spent on boring admin, readying, hanging two exhibitions, sorting painting holidays, tax returns, commissions and general faffing about.  Sooo happy to be back to normal.

Well, I say normal but I have my spring workshops tomorrow and Wednesday, that is if the beast from the east doesn’t mess it all up.  So far, so good here.  Not a flake in sight but the BBC would have it that we’re heading for Amaggedon so it’s not all over yet.

I may well eat my words.  Anyone, onwards and upwards.  I’ve had Snowdrops in the studio these past few days and here’s the first warm-up exercise……..ooh, it’s good to be back in the saddle.

1869 snowdrops

20cmx20cm oil on canvas board-SOLD





Iris unguicularis

I’m still knee-deep in admin, preparation and commission so still very little time to keep up with my daily (hmmm) oil sketches.  Bear with me a while longer but I’ll be back in time for those spring flowers.

In the meantime, here’s a little sketch whose mate will be on view at my exhibition ‘The Year at Coton Manor’.  It starts on February 1st and runs until April 15th so do pop in and have a looksie if you can.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House

78 Derngate, Northampton

1866 irish unguicularis

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Coton Manor

A very happy new year to you all!  Excuse my prolonged absence but pre-Christmas I was furiously working up to and stewarding two exhibitions, one in Stratford-upon-Avon and one in London.  I made lots of sales which allows and encourages me to carry on doing what I love.  It meant of course, fewer ‘dailies’ and I’m still not up and running on that front as I’m now gearing up for my next exhibition – phew!  It’s my collection of Coton Manor paintings which I’ve been working at all year, painting en-plein air and still-life in the studio.  It will be on at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh house, 78 Derngate, Northampton from 1st Feb to mid-April.  If you’d like to join me on the private view – please let me know.  Below is a little taster.

Other news is that I have workshops coming up and I’m also busy arranging my painting holiday in France where I’d love you to join me.  Details of both are on my website

When I get back in the studio rather than tearing around to framers and the like, I will post again with my dailies.

Clementine on tile

A while back, I stopped at the factory shop for Fired Earth tiles and just couldn’t resist a little purchase. I’ve got a plan to incorporate my new tiles into larger paintings so was just mucking about with this clementine against the smoky blue of the tiles.

1861 clementine on tile

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