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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

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.

Sunday, 10 May 2015


Together  16" x 16"  Oil 

Sold  at an exhibition in Swaffham, Norfolk. Continues tomorrow in the Assembly Rooms if you wish to obtain a superb work of art!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Works In Progress


I think that toning down the underskirt might be all that is required! You can tell me different if you like, feedback appreciated always.
Both paintings in oils.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

HAS Submission Day 2015

 Ready for  Waring Robinson, who is a Vice President of HAS, to judge the best 3D work. The winner was the contents of the boxes in the front of this pic, which were a couple of glass 'books'. 
 June Pickering made a very fine bathstone Buddha. Bet her hands and shoulders ache!
  Ready for the off!
 Judges, l to r, Abel Kesteven , Alex Roch , + Derek Daniells
 Sorting out the prizewinners from the work  given AAA
The John Goss Prize - Best in Show
Landscape at Pignano Villa, Tuscany by Daniel Shadbolt - Oils
 The Bill Dale Award 
Golf Sale by Bill Dean - Oils
 The Lady Laming Award for Abstract Art
Evening Reflections by Anne McCormack RI, SWA - Acrylics 
 The Edward Mason Award, Best Watercolour Painting
Rochester Skyline by Alan Runagall MRSA - Watercolour

The Mayor's Award - Best 3D work
A Little Contemplation Vol IX - Cast glass and metal
I thought I would show you some of my best friends work, who has no internet presence at all. This one was awarded AAA by the judges, and she had all her paintings accepted. I wish her talent would rub off on me a bit!

Apologies for terrible reflections on photos.

And my ducks came home again, as did the two boat paintings. I have to stop listening to other people and trust my own judgement. Lesson learned this time.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Alex 10" x 12" Oil

WA - Quick Figure Sketching

 I started the afternoon off by giving a quick demo. The delightful Sue modelled for me, with this, unfinished result. I went away wishing I had taken it more slowly, had explained better what I was doing. I wanted to show how to build form and not fiddle with details and I think I did that because the last couple of strokes did pull it all together. What a relief! Sue liked it enough to take it home!
Lost the plot here, but doing a complete drawing in 20 mins is not possible for me. I am quick, but not that quick!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Long, Tall, Thin + Sally et al....................

 Long, Tall, Thin + Sally    11", x 12", x 5",   Cherry      
Ramble  15"h    Cherry
Ducks   12" x 10"  Oil
 Boatline  8" x 26"   Oil
 Day Off   19" x 15"    Oil
Beached  12" x 16"  Oil

Finally, Long, Tall, Thin + Sally is finished and so, along with these five other pieces, is destined for Hertford Art Society Annual Exhibition. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Ramble 15" H

I think this clumsy effort is as good as it gets! She's not pretty and it is unlikely to sell, but she is destined for Hertford Art Society's annual exhibition. More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Life Drawing at Castle Acre

Went to Castle Acre today for an all day life session. The model this time stayed in the same pose all day. Some people worked on the same painting all day but I elected to change position after a scrummy lunch., the whole figure in charcoal and then zooming in with oil, both 20" x 16".
Brilliant day, thank you Helen and Sonia.

Friday, 20 March 2015


 No Idea
Skipping Rope

Postcards for the Little Painting Challenge

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Norwich Castle

Visited Norwich Castle today.......

 Where I saw some fabulous paintings in the exhibition 'Homage to Manet'

 Sir William Orpen
 Dame Laura Knight
Wilson Steer
John Singer Sargent
Transfixed by this one, 'The Black Brook' which I had not seen before. This reproduction was the best I could find quickly on www but it doesn't show how vibrant the colours are, how stunning the painting is in reality. What also took my attention were delightful graphite sketches of Madame X
Brilliant time in Norwich, topped off by fish and chips in Cromer!