Friday, 27 September 2013

Start of a New Portrait

As yet untitled, size unknown, portrait of a boy. I usually prefer happy subjects, but this boy tugged at my heart, huddled in the corner as he is.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


I have spent the past two days in the garden, trying to get some good video of this robin. Is he besotted with himself? He won't leave it alone. Is he just trying to understand? He does keep trying to fly through the mirror. Has he fallen in love with what he thinks is another robin? I have no idea how intelligent robins are. Has this psychologically damaged him for life? He's not there this morning.........perhaps he figured it out.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Eastern Open Postcards

If you submit artworks to the Eastern Open Exhibition you have the option of also entering their postcard art exhibition.
I had such high expectations but have discovered that I really CAN NOT paint small. I wanted colour, excitement, variation, movement,........ huh! These are tiny, scrappy versions of bigger paintings. I am very cross with myself. No imagination.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

WA - Pattern


 First some doodles, looking for ideas, and ultimately, a design!
 Then I cut  a stencil of my chosen piece.
Then I painted with acrylics.
Well, who knew I would have such a wonderful afternoon doing such a thing! Just imagine what I could achieve if I took more care, thought and time!

Friday, 13 September 2013


Went to Sunny Hunny yesterday, by way of celebrating 25 years of blissful marriage. Fish and chips, a stroll on the beach and then a look at local artist Shirley Carnt s' exhibition in Brancaster Staithe.

We found Bircham Mill, which is really delightfully quaint and makes delicious scones, but I remember camping there twenty+ years ago on a painting weekend. Can't believe how the trees have grown and it would seem they don't take campers anymore, but not a lot else has changed. 

 I used to paint watercolours then......what a neat little painting. Sorry the photo is wonky, the painting isn't!
Glorious day! 

Friday, 6 September 2013


Well, what's to will be a masterpiece..........or not!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Untitled (as yet) 16" x 20" Oil WIP


After a wipeout, when I placed the head too low on the board, I then got off to a good start, initially finding the overall shape.
I then went in again to find more definition. There is no discernable reason for opting to go the underpainting route, I got out brush and paint and started, not a lot of thought involved at all.
I know I want to make a good job of this, having obtained permission from  the owner of this fine profile, to paint it. L.W. Roth, of Out on a Limb fame, is also painting this portrait of herself. Thanks, Linda, the photo is magnificent.


 Today, I have been tidying these to submit to the Eastern Open Exhibition, which is the biggest local exhibition, with £2000 + prize money there for the taking!


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

WA - Collection

Back to the West Winch Art Club after the summer break, and oddly, the brief was very specific............Collection, please choose one of the following...buttons, mushrooms, nails and screws or liquorice allsorts! As you can see, I didn't do much painting and neither did anyone else. Lots of chatting and catching up to do.