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Monday, 21 August 2017

Best in Show


Awarded the John Simpson Memorial Award , which means the best work in the whole show!

Prestigious in my little community, but WooHoo! I am chuffed.



Sunday, 20 August 2017

Teal 16" x 16" Oil

I was wary of painting the dress. How do you mix that colour? The nearest ready made was cost prohibitive, so I went with instinct , advice from friends and internet investigation and I had a go.

It was the colour of the dress which attracted me after all, combined with that glorious red hair, Comparison here suggests too green?

Not sure if this is finished, I shall put it aside for a few days and review. It needs some refining maybe.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Catch- up.

Having not posted for ten months I thought it overdue to show a few examples of what I have been up to. With Roy needing medical treatment , and a new address to sort out, you know, new kitchen, bathroom, etc and exploring to do, I've not done much. A bit of life drawing and portraiture, a couple of selfies, and a workshop with Francis Bowyer in Southwold last week about sums it up.
This is for my Ma and my best friend, Stella, who don't see my updates on Facebook, and who I think have missed my blogging!

Self 16" x 16"  Oil
Self Too 16" x 16"  Oil
Southwold Tonal sketch

Southwold from the Harbour  12" x 10" Oil
Market 12" x 10" Pastel
Wallflower  WIP
Life drawing at Bungay
Life drawing at Castle Acre
Portraits with Southwold Art Circle

Eloise 10" x 12"  Oil
Southwold  12" x 10" Watercolour

Seagulls Ink

Life drawing at Bungay

Triple Jo      Charcoal


Life Drawing at Bungay

Musician   Charcoal

Portraits at Southwold

Monday, 24 October 2016

Three of my paintings available to purchase at Hertford Art Society Annual Members Show next weekend.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bungay + Southwold Life Drawing

 10 minutes, charcoal
 10 minutes, charcoal
 10 minutes, charcoal
 20 minutes, charcoal
 20 minutes, charcoal
 15 minutes, oil
 15 minutes, oil
30 minutes, oil

Not been painting in the studio as it has been, and is still, too, too hot. I have at least got to the life drawing sessions, first at Bungay, in The Fisher Theatre, where I did the charcoals in the morning.
The three others were done at Southwold Portrait Group, where a model was not supplied so we drew each other. Good idea, I thought, as were the quick poses. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016


 Terry  11" x 14"  Charcoal
 Josie  11" x 14"  Charcoal
 Kay  11" x 14"   Charcoal
 Ellen  11" x 14"  Charcoal
 Ann  11" x 14"   Charcoal
 Jackie  11" x 14"  Charcoal
Soo  11" x 14"  Charcoal
 Annie  20" x 16"  Oil
Lizzie  16" x 20"  Oil
Meet my classmates in High School, County High School for Girls, Wellingborough, 1966 - 1971,  who I have not seen since I left, 45 years ago. Early in September we are all meeting for a catch-up, compare notes, and mainly chill. It's hard to believe that I met three of these girls, Annie, Lizzie and Josie, when I was 4 years old and starting infant school. Where have we all been?..........I can't wait to find out!
Oh, boy, so many memories bombarding me as I drew these girls, happy memories mostly, of a bygone age. Bike rides exploring everywhere, playing pirates or Romans at the Moat in Castle fields, and later, in school, always being told off and in detention because I was lazy and fond of backchat, for which I was eventually 'asked to leave'....well all right, expelled then! Envy of Judy Dawsons'  shoes, and of the freedom the other girls had to socialize. My dad was very strict and wouldn't let me out to join in. On the plus side, Art with Mr Sandham was A+, the best, the only lesson I enjoyed. 
Enough rambling.