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Sunday, 22 February 2015


I have been doing an hour here, a couple there, and I can see the light way down at the end of the tunnel! Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying every second. Each portrait is practise and honing my particular technique. You can't call it work....can you!??

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

More Progress

Took these along to WA , where the topic today was still water. Most people were busy with water-lilies, but I much prefer faces!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

I hr 30 mins

Didn't have long in the studio today so I concentrated on just one of the portraits. Must find out their names!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

For Mike

I met a lovely man, Mike Stacey, last week at the Park House Hotel, Sandringham, which caters for the physically disabled and their carers. I demonstrated portrait painting. and Mike was so happy with the painting I did of him that he has commissioned me to paint his family! Wow! 
So here I have made a start, electing to do them together so there is a continuity. 

Friday, 30 January 2015


Long, Tall, Thin and Sally
Cherry Wood

Taking shape, more detail and refinement, a sand down and polish, mounting on a block and ready! By April? Hah!!!!!!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Tiddling Again

 After a friend and fellow blogger, Linda, pointed out a few let downs in the drawing of this, I tried to rectify, having seen just what she meant. I always find such interaction to be highly beneficial. Any ways, spending so much time on the underpainting goes against the grain with me, and I am now loathe to take this further by adding colour. 
After prevaricating, or is it procrastinating, about a background for this lovely girl, I bit the bullet and whacked on some colour. I had spent the morning asking the opinion of my fellow Wash Art Group members. Very helpful it was! Thank you.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lizzie 20" x 20" Charcoal

Meet Elizabeth Crow, I have just found her on FB, after no contact for about 45 years. She was a playmate at primary school and high school and now we have challenged each other to draw the other! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A Start

 Me Three  16 " x 16" Oil
Back in 2009 this painting was one of five winners of The One Shows' Summer Exhibition. I have made a start on a new version of this same idea, inspired by The Three Graces, Antonio Canova's statue.
MeMeMe  16" x 16" Oil

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Wash Art Club

 I tiddled up Damian   til Iwas happier,  then made a start on Noel.  A good morning.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy New Year 16" x 16" Oil A Start

I said 'Please can I take a photo?' Their 'Of course!' meant nothing as they continued their messaging. 'I shall paint this!'
WooHoo! I am painting again. It has been a long break.
Happy New Year Everyone.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Two minute doodle on the tablet! With a little refinement..............I like it!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Some Stuff I've Been Doing...........

 Long Tall Thin  Cherry   WIP
 Jean  10" x 12"  Acrylic
Dennis  10" x 12"  Oil

Happy Holiday

Sunday, 23 November 2014


Did a bit more to this , which is slowly getting there, I think. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

WA - Worn and Weathered continued -not.

 We had a bit of drama at the start of the afternoon when part of the ceiling fell down! Luckily no-one was hurt, we moved all the tables to the other end of the room and carried on regardless!

Jack and Archie 20" × 16"  Oil  wip

I didn't carry on with the same theme as last week
 because Judith gave me a commission, to paint her friends' twin boy grandchildren. I have tackled this by blocking in local colour first, with refining to come. Good start

Thursday, 30 October 2014

David 20" x 16" Oil

Drew this first with burnt umber, probably because of the coat, but then continued in my usual way with ultramarine, cad red and raw sienna. And I did use titanium white on the T-shirt and highlights. Seems like I have extended my palette with no conscious thought of doing so. Ha, go with the flow, then!  ;-o

Thursday, 16 October 2014

WA - Applying All We Learned

 The girls didn't like this 'miserable' one
So I did another!
And then made some adjustments.