Wednesday, 26 October 2011


The brief box! 

Mine, watercolour.

Jacqui, acrylic and pastels, that post box is awesome!

Pat, amazing detail and gorgeous zoomed in composition.

Christine, delicate watercolour washes and intricate pen work make a superb study.

Brenda, watercolour pencils, I think, but she forgot her brush! Lovely study, hope to see it finished.

June, love the incongruity!

Veronica, simple but very effective. Splendid brickwork!

I didn't want to fiddle with mine, so I did this poppy too.

Who would have thought such a simple idea would result in so many different and amazing paintings? No way would I be able to pick a favourite.

Sing and Dance WIP

My other blog, here, has a fuller post, ie. the reason I painted this

Friday, 21 October 2011

Reflections Too 10" x 12" Oil

This is another version of a painting I did back in Aug 2008, done at the request of a friend. This is the third time that someone has wanted a painting that has already been sold! I am always happy to do another version, which has been agreeable in each of the three cases.
Does this happen to you? Do you offer to paint a similar painting?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Wells Boats   20" x 13"  Pastel

A very enjoyable afternoon again. I wasn't brave enough to go for full colour, but I do think the tiny touches lift the painting a bit. Shame the red flag is slap bang in the middle!

Monday, 17 October 2011

More Boats 12" x 20" Pastel

As I had retrieved my pastels from the bottom of a box last week, I had to have a go. It's  probably a work in progress, as I can see where just a flick of a pastel would make a big improvement and I could make a lot more of the sea. I enjoyed it, though, so I might well go back to it! Maybe.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Today we enjoyed a pastel demonstration by Maureen Drake.


She began by warming up with a 40 minute demo of her blending tecnique.

Then Maureen began work in earnest with a very complicated scene of trees, flowers, water and reflections.

At the end of the afternoon, with a not quite finished painting. Such a shame we ran out of time, Maureen worked like a demon!

Next week we shall be putting everything we have learned into practice. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here are a few examples of my pastel work from quite a few years ago.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011


'At the Show'  20" x 16"  Oil

'Garlic'  12" x 16"  Oil

I've been making adjustments to these two paintings in readyness for exhibition at the end of the month. There are two exhibitions the same weekend, one in Swaffham , the other in Hertford. I have no idea how I shall manage to be in two places at once!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


 FALL 9.5" x 13"  Watercolour
With 'Autumn' the topic today, I played with leaves and had a very nice afternoon. The only planning was to take just watercolours so I couldn't bottle it again! I'm happy with this, but I'm wondering how to get a dark background instead of light....too scary. Perhaps not.
Oh, and lovely, scrummy cakes made by the fair Jacqui!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Facing Hard Times Exhibition

 Needs Must by Sharon Wright 

Untitled by Maria Papadatou
Untitled by Maria Papadatou
 Vince Laws with one of his pieces, 'Hope Less'
La Marelle by Valerie Boivin ( Limited edition print)
Went along to the opening today, but missed the announcement of the prize-winners. I did have a glass or two of the lovely punch and a nice chat to a couple of the other artists, including the very bold (if his art is anything to go by) Vince Laws.

Facing Hard Times Exhibition is at the Greyfriars Art Space,43 St James Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 5BZ until 15th October 2011.