Thursday, 28 February 2013

Oils, Charcoal

White Friends  12" x 10"  Oil

Profile  12" x 16"  Charcoal
Both works in progress, doodling really.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Esmeralda 12" x 12" Oil

Finally finished Esmeralda at the request of her Auntie Judith, who was very pleased with the painting. As am I. Isn't she utterly delightful? I shall miss her watching over me in the studio.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Framing and Drawing.

OK, you guys, which frame? I fell in love with no 1, spent lots of pennies and bought it specially to go with this painting.....but I have a horrid feeling the plain black looks better! Please bear in mind it is a bad photo, frame no 1 is grey and doesn't have the brown tinge really. As it is for the BP Award I want it to be the best it can be! Help!
To take my mind off the dilemma, I did this........
Tattoo  20" x 30" (?)  Conte, charcoal, acrylic. Work In Progress

Tattoo   detail

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

WA - A Different Surface

The brief at the WA today was to paint on a surface other than canvas or paper. My plan was to paint a girls' head onto glass with oil paint and to 'print' it onto the backing board from the frame and so get a 'shadow'. Huh! Didn't work! Paint not wet enough, board too absorbent , not enough pressure....lots of reasons why and tou all could probably have told me. I had no plan B. So I started to paint onto another board. Wiped that...didn't like. So I ended the afternoon right back in my comfort zone......charcoal!

Friday, 15 February 2013


 Friends  16" x 9"  Oil
I got out into the studio today, the first time for weeks. I have been staying indoors by the fire and had not appreciated just how inhibiting that is. Oh, it was just glorious to be back. So I had a little play. These girls were at the railway station one Saturday and it tickled me to see that they were all wearing the same style of shoes. The next time at the station there was another goup of girls, or maybe the same ones!!, and they all had on white shoes. Which might be my play for tomorrow!

Eight  detail
I had to put back the other strap....I'm happy now.

Thursday, 14 February 2013


Self Scrutiny  16" x 20" Oil
Happier with the neck.

Eight   24" x 30"  Charcoal
Tidied up the face and hat and chucked red oil paint at the dress, which I hastily removed again! Seem to have lost her other strap along the way and the balance is all wrong because of it! On a positive note, I am pleased with both these paintings.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

WA - Castle / Abbey Ruins

Eight  24" x 30"  Charcoal (so far)
You didn't think I had done that, did you? No. I spent a fruitless morning surfing the net for a likely reference, but in the end, decided I was not interested enough in the subject to find something! This though is more like it, but I've yet to decide how to progress. Getting the drawing right would be good!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Black + White Self Portrait 16" X 20" Oil

I have been working on this, just the neck needs sorting. I think I prefer this to the one with the brush, but let's have another vote shall we? I don't think this was included before.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Kids WIP

This is to be a gift for a friend who is celebrating her 75th birthday. These are her grandchildren. I paid no attention to planning or composition, just took up a photo and drew it. The young lady at far right is what I was looking for, a likeness in a few work to do. I should have planned!