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Cherries and spotty jug


Hi there.  I’m having a bit of an admin day today as a) I’m just back from Aldeburgh and am sooo tired especially after yesterday’s heat and b) I’ve had my nails done!  It doesn’t happen very often and white spirit and nail polish are not a great combo.  Professional or what?

Aldeburgh was great fun and I said adieu to several of my favourite paintings so that’ll be me back to the drawing board next week.  The trouble with Aldeburgh is there are just sooooo many nice things to eat, it’s a job to hold back!  I didn’t.

I’ve got a few weeks exhibition free now so maybe time to restock the galleries and perhaps even do battle with the weeds in the garden which just seem to let out their rallying cry whenever I go away.  I have to say, they’re the victors.

Here’s a little cream and cherries, done at Childwickbury Arts Fair last week and has a summery theme.

cherries and spotty jug 9454

20x20cm oil on canvasboard

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Morning! I’m told that today is the last of the warm sunshine for a while but it’s given us a little taster of what’s to come. I had a great day painting in the sun in London on Sunday and look forward to a few more trips soon. I’ll be heading off to France in April with some painting buddies and hope to get lots done and chew the cud over some moules frites! In the meantime, here’s a little springtime cheer for you.


20cmx20cm oil on canvasboard

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Painting outside the Tate

Not quite finished!

Snowdrops 1

It’s that time of year. Everything coming thick and fast and me in a rare old panic. Love Snowdrops though don’t you? Waiting for the warmer weather tomorrow………what a treat!

9415, snowdrops 1

20x20cm oil on board

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Little yellow boat

Little yellow boat 10×8

I’ve been outrageously remiss in posting on my blog for such a long time! I was prompted to post today after my third email enquiry by one of you lovely readers into my well-being. So moved by such concern. Anyway, I’m absolutely fine it’s just been a bit hectic with working on large paintings for galleries, fairs and organising workshops and our painting holiday in France. I’ve only been back from France for two weeks but we had a blast and the painters came up with some great work so all’s well. The painting above is a quick demo I did sitting in a very precarious position on the towpath under a bridge in quite a strong wind having to shift for cyclists every so often. I’m amazed I didn’t end up in the drink! I was drawn to this unloved little yellow boat as it sat idly under the big tree near a bend in the canal. The area was outstandingly lovely and the house amazing. Kim provided us with some scrumptious meals and the painters even had a dip in the pool after a hard day’s work. My summer has also been taken up with exhibiting at Snape Maltings and Patchings. So, you see, I haven’t been idle.
With all this going on, my small oil sketches are few and far between but bear with me, I’ll be posting more regularly soon. An alternative is to sign up to my newsletter and if ping me an email I can do it for you. They are more newsy but less frequent (ha!). I’m also on FB penny german art or most often instagram @pennygerman. Hope this finds you well.


Thought I’d post this one before the weekend. Hoping the weather won’t be too disruptive but maybe I’ll get to paint the snow……. Have a lovely weekend.

1877 primula

20cmx20cm oil on canvasboard – SOLD

Sunday River bridge

Good Monday to you. Well, my exhibition in Stratford-upon-Avon is up and running so if you’re around and about, do pop in to the Stratford Gallery for a look.
On my recent trip to New England, I managed a small number (smaller than I’d have liked) of plein-air paintings whilst hurtling through Maine, Vermont and Mass. in a bid to see as much as possible. I fell in love with the covered bridges and hoped to see Clint but alas…….no. Here’s one I managed a quick sketch of and yes, the colours were quite as mad as that. I’m reliably informed that it’s the sugar in the maples that makes them that vibrant red. All I know is that I brought home a jar of maple syrup which has gone down well back here in the German household, on the Sunday pancakes!

1851 Sunday River bridge

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard

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I sketched the last of my garden hellebores for a lovely couple who had missed out on the last ones. They popped by to pick them up yesterday as I was finishing a big painting.
I seem to be having a rekindled relationship with flowers at the moment so will show you what I’ve been painting large-scale soon. In the meantime, here are said hellebores.

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard – SOLD