Wednesday, 28 September 2011


Windill on th Broads  12" x 10" Oil

The suggested topic for today was 'Norfolk Windmill', which everyone was happy to have a go at. After two wipeouts this is my effort. Needs a few light touches.  I got the image from the internet and it has no detail of location, just somewhere on the Norfolk Broads.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Studio and Boats

 Today I have been applying Creosote to my studio walls. Roof next, methinks.
 I do believe I may have ruined this T-shirt!
 Boats at Wells  14" x 12"  Oils
Boats at Houghton  15" x 9"  Watercolour

I have also been 'tiddling up' a couple of paintings.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Bigger Picture

I went along to the unveiling of 'The Bigger Picture' at King's Lynn Arts Centre today. 160 local artists each painted a small part of an unknown work. There was a definite buzz in the air, anticipation, curiosity, expectation, or perhaps just not knowing what to expect!
I hope to re-visit the exhibition, which will include a painting from each of the participating artists.  Looking forward to that.
 The Bigger Picture. Splendid, I thought!
This photograph and the next with kind permission of Judith Mazur.
The original painting by an unknown artist. 
After the unveiling....plenty to talk about.

Can you name the famous face?

The music was provided by this contraption, the whys and wherefores, I'm sorry, I have no idea.  

 Members of the West Winch Art Club (WA) who had done their small contribution.
Penny, Doris, Judith, Jacqui, Pat and Christine. 

The refreshments were very popular.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Houghton Mill

I have had a splendid day! I met up with fellow blogger Michael Bailey at Houghton Mill to paint en plein air. I am way too self conscious to go it alone although it is something I have long wanted to do, so when Mike offered I jumped at the chance. The weather was good, the location excellent, Mikes company  easy and interesting. Of course we chatted half the time about art, family, brushes and paint, children, Picasso and Pollack, etc, etc., it's a wonder we did any painting.
My idea when I got up this morning was to paint a panoramic landscape, the same view, one watercolour and one oils. So why I zoomed in on the mill, I have no idea. Perhaps I was still in portrait mode from yesterday! My watercolour boats are clumsy but I like that best and might tiddle it up a bit tomorrow. I love Mikes first viewpoint better, even though he didn't paint the mill, and have taken a photo to try it myself. And I adore the light he has captured in the second painting. It's very subtle but mesmerising.
I have concluded today that I really must get out more! Thank you, Mike, for a very enlightening day.


The brief was to paint a portrait...upside down, and here is what we painted. Wait, no need to turn your computer upside down! I've posted them agin right side up. It was a brilliant afternoon, and the icing on the cake was. well, the cake! Penny had made chocolate cake to celebrate her birthday. Happy birthday Penny!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


No painting today, sorry. I have been sorting the frame for 'Needs Must' because it has been accepted for exhibition! Woohoo!

North Norfolk Coast

Friday, 16 September 2011

Posed 20" x 16" Oil WIP

From a photo taken at a HAS life drawing session. Lots of 'tiddling' to do yet!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011








A packed house today, with everyone wanting to paint boats and water, which was the brief for today. A few of the ladies agreed to let me post their glorious work on here.
I painted mine, again using the bare board to denote the sand, which is basically blue and orange. Can't go wrong can it? I think I rushed it, and looking at it now I really think the painting would benefit if the foreground boats were a bit bigger. The sky and the sand could be better too!
A wonderful afternoon nevertheless.