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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Portrait Practice

Jan  10" × 12"  Oil

Christine  10" × 12"  Oil  a start

Thanks to all fellow members of the Wash Art Club who are obligingly happy to have me paint them.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Doodling with I

I shall very likely go back in here. It needs more dark in the foreground and texture,  maybe even colour!

Monday, 3 August 2015


That Letter  50cm x 60cm  Acrylic  

 I found this painting that I did years ago, really couldn't decide what subject to paint on it. t won a prize in a local show.
I was reminded how iI used to enjoy slapping on the paint with acrylics. It didn't seem to matter  if proportions, colour, etc, weren't exactly right. Acrylics were made to have fun with!
This huge, (for me) canvas, 80cm x 100cm has been looking at me for a long time. I really 
couldn't decide what subject to paint on it. Inspired by friend Helen Breach and remembering times and paintings past , I started! That is a lot of space to fill up!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Matriarch 20 " × 30 " Charcoal In Progress

 Back to my comfort zone, rubbing, scraping, scratching, blending, adding and subtracting charcoal. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Siobhan    10" × 12"  oil
Campanula   10" × 12"   oil

Friday, 3 July 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A Couple of Starts and a 2 Hour Sketch

 In The Mirror 10" × 12" Oil
Siobhan 10" × 12"  Oil

Carol  10" × 12"  Oil

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

WA - Summer Fruit/Veg/Flowers



I enjoyed working with the Gouache best. I have never used it before and found it easier to control and the colour more vibrant than the watercolour. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A Challenge

Whiskers  10" x 12"  Oil 

My friend and fellow blogger,  Linda Roth and I, have set ourselves a challenge to paint a two  hour portrait, once a week. We hope to improve our observation, technique and skill over time.
This is my first attempt.
You will be able to check our progress here on Facebook.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

WA - Multi- media

 Watercolour + Wax Crayon + Ink
 Ink + Water 
Watercolour + Wax Crayon + Ink
Had a good play today but couldn't seem to get very adventurous!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Bacon and the Masters

I have been to the Francis Bacon and the Masters exhibition at the 

 Comparisons were able to be made between Bacon's work and the inspirational work by those he admired. How disappointing then that Velasquez work, Pope Innocent X was conspicuous by its absence. It is what I went to see! Given the premise, it is the one you think of! Oh dear not a good start.
 In the main, I have to say that Bacon suffered by the comparisons. I.E. Colour choices by Picasso were far brighter, vibrant, which sorry to say is not evident in these reproductions garnered from the internet. 


 Most folk I have spoken to say there is NO comparison, that Bacon pales into insignificance. And before I saw the exhibition I would have agreed. I dislike Bacons tendency to plaster on the paint, and that is a personal preference, but I can see the inspiration and sometimes what he was trying to do and have admiration for that. In this instance I prefer the Bacon to the Matisse! There is more movement, expression, solidity and the look on his face begs so many questions.

 I would have this on my wall if I had one big enough!

And, although the subject, the bull fight, is not pleasant, I like this tryptich, the colours, the format, the feeling of it. 
And Roy's pick of the day.........this Van Gogh  Farms Near Auvers
I agree this is very nice, I could live with this, and I had not been aware of it until today.
My opinion of Francis Bacon has changed because of this exhibition, I like his ideas, if not the execution of those ideas. I now have ideas of my this space.
I would recommend this, you really have to make up your own mind.

Thursday, 11 June 2015


The brief at WA was 'sealife'. My idea was to have live and dead in the same place. The cockles still need the 'ready for BBQ' image transposed. Both are in progress. What I badly needed was respite from very difficult facial features, and, by golly, I enjoyed throwing, scraping, pushing, wiping, pressing, lifting............................................

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Life Drawing at Castle Acre

To see more of what I did today go have a look at my life drawing blog - HERE-


A phone call yesterday brought the good news that my painting ' DAY OFF ' not only sold at Hertford Annual Summer Exhibition, but also won the Visitors Choice award. So how chuffed am I today! Voted best work by the viewing public! I like . It brings with it a prize, which my messenger could not tell me about. 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tiddling Again

 I couldn't leave poor Roy as he was, and so this is much improved! It was good to start upside down, but it needed a right side up tidy up!
 Added a glaze to the frill of her underskirt and some creases. Much improved also.
No comment! I think the problem I'm having is with the size of the heads...........small! No improvement..........YET!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Day Off 24" x 8" Oil

SOLD at 63rd Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition . RESULT!
This painting also won the Visitors Choice Award

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

WA - Upside Down Drawing.

Roy   16" x 20"  Charcoal + Chalk
Well this was fun. I really had to hold myself back from turning the drawing the right way up before the end of the session! It is fairly evident where it is wrong, but it is also very clearly a portrait of my 

A very happy 80th birthday to June! We had two scrummy cakes, so we all celebrated in style with her.