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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Work in Progress

Not sure where this is going....................but, hey, isn't that the fun of it?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Life Drawing at Bungay

I enjoyed a life drawing session today, courtesy of Black Dog Arts at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay, with lovely model, Tina. Thank you Malcolm  for organising us again.

These poses were mostly short, 15 - 20 minutes, except for the oil, which was about an hour and a half.

Monday, 13 June 2016

SAC - Southwold Art Circle - Portrait Group

Thank you, brilliant model, Gracie Wright, who is SAC member Steve's neighbour. How kind to agree to it for us. Glorious hair, pretty face AND able to sit still, nothing else could make a couple of hours more delightful.

Sunday, 12 June 2016


Went down to the Quay today, excited and expectant. Unfortunately, despite weather forecasts telling otherwise, the heavens opened as I had barely begun.

I took some photos to paint in my lovely dry studio!

Thursday, 9 June 2016


Handmade  16" x 16"  Oil 
Circles? Bubbles? Where is this going, I wonder?

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A Little Bit More

 Homemade    16" x 16"  Oil
Added more blue and more Yellow. So far so good.
Meeting of The Honourable Members of the West Winch Art Club  24" x 36"  Oil
Same again, more blue and more yellow. Not liking this yet.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Southwold Art Circle

I am finally finding my way in my new environment and have joined Southwold Art Circle, who have a life drawing and a portrait group, talks and demos, an annual exhibition, critique sessions and Saturday workshops. It's beginning to sound a lot like HAS!  WooHoo!
I went along to the portrait group today, and was given a very warm welcome, which goes along way to making a girl feel comfortable.
Rupert  10" x 12"  Oil

And the best of all was the model, Rupert Hannen, resplendent in a uniform of which I knew nothing, so I asked him.

Chief Officer (Systems Engineering)
43 years with the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries - the support ships of the Royal Navy
The RFA carry the RN's fuel oil, weapons, helicopters, food (both fresh and frozen) and a multitude of other commodities to provide disaster relief around the world. The RFA is manned by Merchant Navy personnel employed by The Secretary of State for Defence (Royal Navy). We enjoy the same privileges as Royal Naval personnel plus we receive a civil service pay rate and pension and very long holidays! For every month we work, we receive 17.25 days holiday. Mind you, we do work, at a minimum, 8 hours a day 7 days a week.
I have served during the crises in Northern Ireland, Borneo, the Falkland Islands, The Balkans and the Gulf War along with with a few voyages around the world supporting foreign navies and providing diplomatic presence as required by the foreign office.

I thank you Rupert for sitting very still, and for your service to your country for all of us.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Homemade 16" x 16" Oil More + Another start

 Homemade   16" x 16"  Oil
I am painting this using three colours, transparent red oxide, ultramarine blue and raw sienna, scumbling one colour over another until I achieve the desired effect, First was the initial drawing and block-in with red oxide, Today was ultramarine. A slow and steady build up of very thin colour is my aim. 
Meeting of the Honourable Members of the West Winch Art Club  36" x 24"  Oil
Initial drawing, also in transparent red oxide.......well, while it was on the palette!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Homemade 16" x 16" Oil the start

I met Alex at Castle Acre and obviously loved the hat, which I was proudly informed was homemade! So with permission, I took photographs to work from.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Castle Acre

Good day at Castle Acre with the wonderful George again. Go here for single pose photos.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Portrait Oil and Portrait Charcoal

Flapper 16" x 16"  Oil
I am not sure this is finished, the pearls need more work, but I shall turn her to the wall for a short while and look again with fresh eyes.
Black  24" x 24"  Charcoal
Started this new piece and shall fiddle and scratch and rub and scrape endlessly until I like it.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Portrait and Prints In Progress

Flapper    16" x 16"  Oil
*1 House  9" x 6"  Acrylic
*2 House  9" x 6"  Acrylic
*3 House   9" x 6"  Acrylic
*4 House  9" x 6"  Acrylic

Thanks to Beth Reeks for kind permission to paint selfie, intrigued as I am by the hat. Love hats! Work in progress but not far off the finish.
I have also been trying to get the hang of mono-printing, to produce happy, simple,quick images along with my portraits, which by their nature are not simple, quick image, although they are hopefully, happy.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016

HAS Submission Day

My two and a half hour journey to get there, thanks Roy, was well worth the effort, because as usual I had the best day. Being organised by Mike Radley soon got the job done, as he is very skilled at directing folk in a pleasant but authoritative way!

The judging panel this year were :- r-l
Roger Dellar
Keith Hornblower
Keith West*
John Spielman (not pictured)

They were way too nice this year and put too many pictures through, which meant going through the 'middle' pile and rejecting about two thirds of them! I got one of mine in.......and then I didn't :(
But I did get four of my six selected, one of  which I don't have a photo of! 
 Regatta  7" x 5"  Monotype
 Wrapped  16" x 16"  Oil
Comfort  10" x 12"  Oil

The best bit, though, was the announcement of the 'Best in Show' winner, my very best friend for 20+ years Stella Green, for her painting of dead flowers! 
Sorry about the awful photo, doesn't do it justice at all. I kept getting told off for moving it but I was trying to eliminate the reflections, and the light from the window.
3D Winner Is this piece called 'Queue of Life' which I think is absolutely delightful. 
I'm sorry I only have half a story, I do not have names or pics of the other prizewinners or their work. I shall rectify that later.
*I am not sure that this is the right Keith West, but he seems the most likely suspect!. I shall amend, or delete this bit, when I have found out.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Adding Interest WIP

Still working on this and thinking of background. And wondering why she is sitting on the floor with no clothes on! Obvious!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


I did this drawing this afternoon.......which I rather like! But to get there I had done four rubbish drawings this morning, the best of which is here...............

Both George again, both charcoal.

Monday, 4 April 2016

More George

I am so slow, tentative, not on purpose, but after a long break, it seems I have forgotten how!

Friday, 1 April 2016

George 20" x 16" Oil A Start

I actually got to the studio today, and after a tidy up, relocating pigment, glue, brushes....etc, from boxes to shelves, putting up a curtain to keep out the sun, and setting up my easel............I got half an hour to start a painting. Something I've not done since Autumn! Bad girl! It did feel good, so I hope it's got me going.!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Life Drawing

I spent a wonderful morning at Knodishall again, with another brilliant model. And to further gild the lily, a fellow artist liked it so much he bought it! Thank you Felicity.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Gelatin Plate Printing

I watched videos of gelli plate printing on YouTube 
and got excited. I can do that, just what I am looking for, to sell in a local gift shop.
This was my first effort, where I discovered that my acrylics don't cut the mustard.....too thick. I realised I need to go shopping. But first, some more experiments.

Snow in the Mountains
Thinner paint produced a better result, but I feel it shouldn't have been so difficult! Alice made it look so easy.

House on the Moor
Looking like something now, and I'm loving all that texture.

Can't wait to go shopping to get the right materials and really get going! Fabulous inspiration in my new surroundings.........