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Something a little ”off-festive” today and was the welcome protagonist of an omlette last night. So much rich food having been digested, it’s lovely to get back to basics…….if I needed anything at all!!
As the year draws to an end, I’d like to thank you all massively for supporting me and following my blog. It’s been a blast and I’ve got exciting plans and a big anniversary coming up but more on that next week. In the meantime, Happy New Year to you all and I wish you much success and happiness in 2016.

1665 mushrooms

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard

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Jonquils in an olive jar

Back to the drawing board after a busy weekend and some exciting plein-air painting. More on that later. Despite the weather, there aren’t many cut flowers to be had here (unless you like turquoise-dyed gladioi) but there is an old lady that sells Jonquils by the bucket-full near our shops. They fill the house with a scent that……takes a bit of getting used to but they are pretty and I scooped a couple of bunches up on Friday. The paint was still wet when I photographed it. Apologies.

1657 jonquils in an olive jar

20cm x 15cm oil on gessoboard


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Plums and layers

1611 plums and layers

8″x8″ oil on gessoboard-SOLD

Here’s a bit of an insight into my painting process.
Most days I get up raring to get to the easel. Some days……I don’t. Today was such a day. I’m tired, it’s a public holiday, the sun is shining, a great day to sit by the pool AND I’ve got a good book on the go. Does it really matter if I don’t paint these plums?! I spend a lot of time procrastinating inbetween mark-making; making tea, on FB, checking emails, hanging out washing, writing extended posts (!).
However, a day such as this is a good day to push. I’ve started out in a lacksadasical manner, not quite bothering with a clean palette nor mixing colours in advance, breaking all my rules and generally heading for self-induced dissapointment.
The reason I paint each morning can be any one of the following (or all sometimes). 1. As a warm-up, like in a gym class. 2. To explore something I discovered about tones/colours in the last paintng. 3. Just to ‘churn one out’ to honour my pledge or I need work to show (not to be recommended). 4. To try a little something new in composition or method.
Number four rarely happens. I get caught up in my usual format and before you know it, it’s done and I haven’t remembered whatever it was I wanted to change. Then I feel as though I’ve lost a day even if I like the result. So, as you probably know I have a real thing about chipped paint and torn wallpaper which often makes its way into larger paintings. I haven’t ever done layers of old wallpaper though which is what interests me so I tried it out today. Not an entirely wasted day – it’s a start. Constructive criticism welcome.

Cherries and rosebud

I’m in a state of collapse having spent the day hanging at Childwickbury. That’s hanging paintings, not the teenage interpretation of the word which basically means lazing around…oh no, indeedy. So, it all looks pretty good and I’m just hoping there isn’t a tropical storm tonight. There’s only so much a marquee can withstand. Anyway, here are some cherries and if I have any energy left tomorrow night I will post another. Hope to see some of you over the weekend, please come and say hello if you’re there.

1605 cherries and rosebud

8″x6″ oil on gessoboard-SOLD

Sweet Williams

I was discussing the merits of the Sweet William with an elderly gentleman in the queue at Waitrose when buying these. We agreed that there were few things more quintessentially English than a jam-jar full on a mantelpiece. However, neither of us knew why they are called Sweet Williams. Any ideas?? Please let me know.

1600 Sweet Williams

8″x8″ oil on gessoboard-SOLD

Bowl of apricots

Good Monday to you and what a glorious day! Hoping for another tomorrow so that I can paint out. Here’s a bowl of sunshine for you.

1589 bowl of apricots

8″x8″ oil on gessoboard-SOLD


Cherries and cup

Sorry, no post again yesterday as was in London showing paintings. It’s that busy time of year. Not much sign of the predicted heat wave here….muggy and overcast…huh! Have a great weekend. Cherries are in the shops mm mmmm.

1588 cherries and cup

8″x8″ oil on gessoboard-SOLD


Lemons and bowl

Welcome to all my new blogee friends who signed up to join me when I met them at Patchings at the weekend. Lovely to have you aboard. My very, very exciting news is that I won three awards there including The Artist purchase prize chosen by non other than the amazing Ken Howard (bit of a fan, did you guess?). You can see the painting that I won with here https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/TALP/TALP_Exhibition/gallery_view.php?Ref=%3F461_1&Entrant=%3F54febc724ad0f
Another exciting day tomorrow so make sure you tune in!
Lemons are the order of the day today.

Lemons and bowl 1587

8″x6″ oil on gessoboard

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Eggs on black

I’ve been using my lovely new blue colour but can’t show you yet as it’s such an incredibly slow drier. In the meantime, here’s one I made earlier.

Eggs on black

8″x8″ oil on gessoboard

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Oranges and rice bowl

Saturday and the sun is shining…bliss. A very long walk around the enclave first thing to kick start training for moonwalk this summer….ouch!

Oranges in rice bowl

Oil on gessoboard 8″x8″-SOLD