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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.........

Monday, 29 February 2016

Life Drawing

I have been able to attend two life drawing sessions in the past week. On Thurs I  got to Castle Acre  again and throughly enjoyed the day, although friends I had been hoping to catch up with, disappointingly  were not there.
 Then, today, I have found a group closer to my new home. They meet fortnightly, good, in the morning, double good, and have very reasonable rates, brilliant!.  Most folks, about 15 in attendance, eyed me a bit warily, but I had a good chat with a couple and at length with Wendy. Nice to meet you Wendy!
And....the model was fantastic! Thank you, Robert.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Judith 20" × 16" Oil

A very big thank you to Judith, without who I should not have enjoyed many happy hours in the company of the delightful members of the West Winch Art Group. 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty

I went to the Alphonse Mucha : In Quest of Beauty exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich on Sunday.

 It was fantastic, I am in awe of the precision needed to produce this work, from the posters-
 to the paintings-

 and especially the drawings-

 My favourite, though, although only seen on film, are these two top panels on the walls of the Municipal Building in Prague.
I had the BEST day!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

WAG - Demo - Acrylics with Jill Ilett

Jill Ilett
Started with a few marks  in charcoal, for guidance.

 And progressed 

 Layering the colours, and blending. 

Made me reach for the acrylics! Thanks, Jill, very interesting.