This honeysuckle grows over an arch in our garden but this year is completely weighing it down so that there is a definite listing to port. I have come to a decision to go AWOL and am taking a month off daily painting. I need to get some larger work done, sort out the tip we have been living in and even make friends with my ironing basket. In between I need to fit in a few days walking in Bavaria and a family jape in Croatia so, you see my need! I wish you all a wonderful summer and I’ll be back online mid-August with a bit of luck and a fair wind, with some new prints and exciting news. In the meantime, I will be drawing the lucky winner of a daily painting from my subscriber list next Tuesday so don’t forget to check the post, you never know.
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My favourite rose. What a busy couple of days getting ready for Flora going off on hockey tour to South Africa. Economical packing is not in her vocabulary at all. Anyway, I waved her off this afternoon and am feeling a little bereft so will hit the easel hard tomorrow. Some exciting news: my portrait of Diana has been accepted into the RBSA portrait prize exhibition which is a massive thrill, especially for my first proper portrait. The exhibition runs from next Wednesday in Birmingham if you’re interested in going.
After the wedding on Saturday, I managed to snaffle some peonies from a table. Now, by rights, peonies should not have made an appearance at a July wedding, but the wet spring meant there were plenty available for the nuptials. They came all the way from Essex and were splendid.
This was how I started, blocking in tones.
And carried on building up.
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More figs. This wallpaper is not in my house but it’s a made up amalgamation of some I’ve seen and photographed. I’m gearing up for the forthcoming heat wave………..next week’s subject matter has gone in the fridge!
I’m back to figs although they are a rarity at this time of year my way. Hopefully they will be in good supply when family German head southeast at the end of the month for a couple of weeks.
I seem to have driven the length of the country today, taking paintings to various venues on top of which it’s school holidays so chauffeuring duties resume. In the meantime, I forgot to blog this one when I was on my magnolia binge. Heat wave approaching apparently! Let’s wait and see.
Wednesday top tip………. If you have paintings to move around, you need Stiffybags! Great invention that do away with yards and yards of bubble wrap.
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Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I was at the funeral of an aunt. The last in the long line of my mother’s siblings. Very sad but on the upside, I met up with lots of cousins I hadn’t seen for years and in true Irish style, we repaired to the pub after the reception. To my astonishment, I discovered I have 38 first cousins on my mother’s side……..beat that! That’s good Irish farming stock! Needless to say, since they are spread far and wide, I have never met a lot of them but am hoping to one day. Here’s another version of the peony.
Loving this weather! Bubba is sparko on the grass, lapping up the rays. The studio is pretty warm today. I’ really happy with my new veggie patch, made for me by my clever godson. If you need any landscaping done – he’s your man.
Luke Warren, the Groundcre Company, 07515287913. Shameless plug but what are god others for? Plus, he’s a grafter and very good. Ok enough said.
Life is just…… I inadvertently sent this out earlier without the image…apologies. Well, a lovely day in the studio, popping out every so often to check on the sunshine. Perfect.
Hi everyone, i’m back from week in London and Landmark art fair. Very enjoyable but exhausting! Welcome to all my new subscribers. Here’s a lovely peony that my local florist was about to ditch as it was past it’s best. A freebie…that’s what I like.
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