Wednesday, 19 September 2012

WA - Child Portrait

Stephanie  10" x 10"  Oil 
I took along my hospital paintings and made no significant progress, so here is a painting of my niece, painted in March 2009, for you to have another look at.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Palette knife

I've been pottering today, housework, sorting paintings for exhibition, blah, blah, blah but managed a couple of 10 minute palette knife studies to use up some mixed black paint. Such fun!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Siblings 20" x 16" Oil WIP

This is the commission I have been working on, which my client, David , has kindly given permission to post. It's coming together quite well, but then it's just copying a photo, and I'm having a good time. Now the tricky stuff starts...with getting the likeness precisely. It looks like them to me, but I'm not their mother, who is to be the recipient!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


This is my fourth painting of Bethany, or that was the plan. It is not Bethany! How come somedays I can't paint? All her features belong to various different people! The painting is bigger than the others, 16" x 20", not bigger than I'm used to painting, but I wish I had done a smaller head and included more body. Ah well, tomorrow is another day.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Receiving 10" x 12" Oil

This is the third black and white study of my niece Bethany, all different sizes. The fourth is in progress and my idea is to frame them all together, kind of  a montage. I have a bee in my bonnet, when really, I should be getting on with a couple of commissions. Your own ideas are far more interesting than other folks', but the problem is that commissions buy your dinner!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Jill 12" x 10" Oil

I think her fat finger needs tiddling, but apart from that I like it!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WA - Marbles 8" x 7" Watercolour

It was so good to get back to West Winch Art Group after the summer break, I've missed the girls and guy.
The brief today was to paint several of one thing, ie shells, pebbles, nuts + bolts. The only thing I have a lot of is marbles, good subject.....but why I elected to take watercolours is a mystery! Next week it's boats/cars/tractors, etc. Ah, that's better, well, boats anyway.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Windy 12" x 14" Oil


HM Queen Elizabeth II 20" X 16" Oil

Eleven weeks, six days and fifteen hours ago I entered the Daily Mail competition to paint the Queen. The prize for winning is to have your painting hung in The National Portrait Gallery, for one day, with the current exhibition of sixty portraits of the Queen.
600 emailed entries were whittled down to thirty, which then had to be sent to London to be judged by Sir Peter Blake, Emma Sergeant and Jonathan Yeo. I gleefully sent my painting to be judged.
The wait has been interminable, with checking emails every half hour, waiting by the letterbox,  carrying my phone everywhere and generally rendering me totally incapable of doing anything!
Today I received a letter.