Monday, 29 June 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

Hello, a sunny Monday to you - it's the start of a warm week here, with a heatwave forecast.... Many thanks to all the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links as always, there is much to discover....

A big thanks to everyone who has visited my shop since I updated last Wednesday. I have been busy sending out packages. Many copies of my latest poetry zine 'summer notebook' have been posted out - I still have stock of this in my shop. I have already received some lovely, thoughtful feedback from readers. 

So for this week - I am working in my sketchbooks, exploring new and ongoing ideas. I expect to be working on some new still life paintings - I have completed one (end of last week) and will share more soon. I've been planning ahead to the autumn and have my 'work plan' just about sorted for the next few months. You might like to know my next shop update will be mid July. I will not be updating my shop in August but will be keeping the shop open throughout and will be around to send out any packages as necessary. I'll be working quietly on new work throughout the summer. My next update after July will be the start of September.

More soon - have a good start to your week.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

shop updated

new paintings, drawings and my new poetry zine 'summer notebook' - now in my shop

Many thanks always - I hope you enjoy taking a look. Any questions, please do send me a message via the shop and I'll get back to you asap.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

figure studies

small figure study

figure study 'woman with striped bodice' -acrylics on linen (on card) -  I wanted here to create a dynamic figure with a bit of attitude.

I especially like paint to look like paint - thick and textured with the memory of brush, knife or finger. I often smooth paint with my finger, creating a swoop of smooth colour. I look at painters such as Dubuffet and Francis Bacon, and Frank Auerbach (just reading his biography, slowly but surely) - I am not attempting to emulate or copy these painters, who for one thing worked on a much bigger scale. I am attempting to make my own gestures and explore my own way of working.

Working in this way is always a hit or miss process, for me. What I think works can be different once dry. Layers of acrylic shrink down but layers can also behave in interesting ways, especially if varying colours. The figure study above is an example of layering. There's a lot of paint used here - which is why I prefer to work on something more than paper. I make my own supports/surfaces, using heavy mount board, linen and gesso. Making my own supports gives me the ability to alter surface texture from the beginning and of course I can make a picture just the size I want.

handmade blank surfaces for painting - starting the week with my own 'blank canvasses' 

Below is 'saint' -  I wanted here to create a figure that could be both anonymous yet tender. Again, there are many layers here. What may appear to be a 'simple' portrait is actually worked in stages and has various puzzles to work through.

saint - figure study

Monday, 22 June 2015

mosaic Monday

My creation

1. rattrapée, 2. Inferno und Ekstase, 3. image, 4. #illustrationbreakfast, 5. cross patch inlay weaving, 6. silver rooftops, 7. Jun 20/15 #embroidery #embroideryart #broderie #honeybee #toronto #ontario, 8. Neighbor's perennials Painted in #Waterlogue, 9. ., 10. wip, 11. Untitled still life, 12. Whitby, 13. #giordanoBRUNO #REDACTED #inthecourtyard #painting #inthegarden #palimpsest #martyr #canvas #sumac #portrait #landscape #brickwall #canadianpainting #canadianart #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #torontoart #toronto #parkdale #kunst #kunstKINO #inth, 14. Padiglione Italia, 15., 16. Marie Antoinette (travail en cours), 17. 1DSC_0003, 18. #embroidery #eyes #stitch #illustration #embroideryhoop #thread #eye, 19. Untitled, 20. 16/5, 2015

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Good evening! and a happy Monday - today has just zipped by, so much to do. This afternoon I got so into my painting I completely lost myself, in the green woods...... A warm evening here after a day of rain and clearing windy weather. Thanks always to the artists, photographers and makers featured in this week's mosaic. Please do follow links to discover more

So this week I am  updating my shop on Wednesday. Expect to see a variety of new paintings and more. And of course my new poetry zine 'summer notebook' - read more about that over at my writing blog nevering.

More tomorrow.

Friday, 19 June 2015

in deeper woods

in deeper woods series - a trio

a series of paintings - acrylics on linen (on card).... small portraits, figures within lush deep dark woodland....

I much prefer a woodland walk to a crowded beach. The phrase 'in deeper woods' comes from a poem I wrote recently, part of my 'summer notebook', and I will post the poem over at my writing blog over the weekend.

Meanwhile, here is a close up of one of the tiny figure portraits. There will be several of this series available in my shop next week.

tiny portrait (in deeper woods series)

this tiny work measures 8.5cm x 6.5cm - acrylics on linen (on card). As with most of my smaller works on linen they are best placed in a frame with space around the work - floating style. I know I am not alone in enjoying looking for older frames to re-use, but a modern frame will work well too. I hope to blog more about framing work in the near future.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

thinking green

tiny book pages

tiny book pages (nfs)

two green studies

two small green studies - acrylics on linen (on card)

summer lining

summer lining - a larger (for me) work - mixed media on linen (on card

thinking green, texture, light, summer..... green in painting, green in the garden, green in textiles..... a lot of ideas to explore

Monday, 15 June 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. 2015 - junio 05, 2. 10x10 #atelierseltner #häuslich, 3. 1DSC_0051, 4. disegni_3, 5. Bognor, abandoned hotel, 6. mandingo, 7. sketchbook riffs, 8. cacti, 9. DSC_0054 (2), 10. Untitled, 11. portrait of Japanese poet, 12. Untitled, 13. Studio 6.12.2015, 14. Studio 6.12.2015, 15. summerhouse, 16. Dungeness, 17. Untitled, 18. Untitled, 19. mix-78, 20. sunblock, 21. shadow feather, 22. Some of my little beauties. #plants #succulents #houseplants #peaceful, 23. journey of a painting, 24. urban night, 25. 2156-1, 26. little greens, 27. a list of all the ghosts hiding under my bed right now, 28. journal page, 29. acrilico sobre papel. 20 x 30 cm., 30. britta with her paintings

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello Monday - a fine start to the week here, (bit chilly at first, but with some sunshine). Many thanks to all the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. It's been one of those weeks over at Flickr - when so many people post interesting images. Please do follow links to discover more. I am always on the look out for work that is easily identifiable as 'by that person', work that has a strong composition and a story to tell. I can only feature a selection of what I see and so make my selections by finding links, some subtle flow....

So this week I am working on a mix of new paintings, drawings and more. I have various ideas and strands of thought keeping me happily busy.

I've been writing over the weekend, looking over notes and writing up ideas. It seems a new poetry zine has evolved into being. My hope is to have this one edited and ready for sale on 24th June - which is the day I will update my shop once again. More details about this new zine 'summer notebook' are being shared over at my writing blog nevering, where you can also read some extracts.

It's my hope the weather stays fair here, as I would like to get outside and work. Perhaps I might crack open my oil paints.

Have a good start to your week and more soon.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

thank you

pocket - a smaller abstract painting - one of a series I am working on exploring memory, textiles and texture....

Many thanks to everyone for visiting my shop update - new work here. I have sent a bundle of packages out today and your support is much appreciated.

Looking forward to spending the next few days working on ongoing ideas, some further painting and drawing. As always I will be working on a variety of things.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

drawings on vintage postcards and more

gouache drawings on vintage postcards

gouache drawings on vintage postcards

pencil portrait on vintage postcard

pencil portrait on vintage postcard

hothouse I & II

hothouse I & II
gouache drawings on paper

I have enjoyed working on new drawings over the past few weeks - especially discovering the pleasure of drawing on vintage postcards. Having spent some time looking through my humble collection of cards I realised there could be something to drawing on them.... and so you see. I have not used gouache so very much in my work, in recent months. I have attempted to paint in gouache and just felt unhappy with my process/outcomes. But now drawing with gouache feels just so, just right. So it's not the medium, it's the medium!

These works and more will all be in my shop at about 7pm this evening. As always I am happy to reserve an artwork, once the shop is updated. Any questions please do ask. Thanks always for your comments here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

new work

summer storms

summer storms

Here is just one of the selection of new drawings I have made recently. My apologies for posting so late into this evening - the day has been one of necessary distractions and I have just sat down....

I am looking forward to adding new works to my shop tomorrow, updating at about 7pm.

Monday, 8 June 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. quarry drawing, 2. Tropical Rulers #4, 3. art viewers, 4. Untitled, 5. selfportraitinablackdressDSC_2658-2_edited-1, 6. Jun 7/15 #embroidery #embroideryart #broderie, 7. Digital, 8. Results from dyeing with rose leaves with a tsp of iron. None of the fibres were mordanted prior dyeing. Linen, viscose jersey & viscose tops are light silver grey, silk pongee and habotai mid to dark grey. Merino tops & wool fabric are khaki grey. Anothe, 9. DSC_0003 (2), 10. Paris Paint Chip Memories, 11. _MG_7476, 12. Untitled, 13. dr 3, 14. Plastic flowers over T. J. #painting #acrylics #stilllife #detail, 15. Ellbogensee, 16. natural selection, 17. Muziektheater aan't IJ Amsterdam, 18. Untitled, 19. Sculpture design, 20. Arca, 21. Jean Factotum, 22. Portrait to alive model. Pose 1.5 hours, 23. Daddy Loves Baby, 24. Untitled, 25. 93p30, 26. sketchbook, 27. Pablo Besse  y yo, 28. Untitled, 29. ▲▼▲, 30. Untitled

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Hello, a happy June Monday to you.... thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. I hope you can find inspiration here, just follow links to discover more....

So this week will see new work in my shop. I'll be updating on Wednesday at 7pm (UK time). I'll be adding a new selection of small abstract studies/paintings, other paintings, pencil drawings and just a few pieces of embroidery.

I'm taking a break from embroidery, for just a while or so - I have to do this every so often to keep my machine (and my neck) happy. Thanks for your understanding.

I'll share more here tomorrow. Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 7 June 2015



'frock' (mixed media on linen) - and antique photograph of unknown woman

Like many people interested in art and crafts I have eclectic taste. I am particularly interested in certain things to do with the past: objects found in homes, textiles, fashion. I like styles and ideas from different periods, and in my little rented home we have furniture from various eras, pottery that is centuries old next to very recent pots, my new and not so new artwork mixed with small vintage finds such as prints and photographs.

As a collector of antique and vintage photographs, I am constantly looking into past lives. I am not so interested in making up a story for this unknown woman (above), her secrets are safely her own. But I do find inspiration in considering the every day textures and colours she may have experienced. The shape and feel of things she might have known by heart.

I've been taking a break from working directly in my sketchbooks and have been instead spending time making small abstract studies and putting them up temporarily on a wall alongside photographs, postcards etc... Just to see how I can pair things. How can seeing the past and the present help me make small details of the future?


antique photograph of unknown girl and tiny untitled abstract

tiny + small

tiny + small abstracts

Though the shapes here may be simple, there are several layers to each painting and I spend a lot of time just looking - or walking from one end of the room where the light is better to into the dark to see how the paint looks. I put things temporarily on the wall (with simple masking tape loops) - and take photographs because this helps me to see if a painting is 'done'.

I like to think that these quite small studies could live amongst old photographs or more modern art.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

romantic June

the first wild roses

the first wild roses

maybe it's the gentle arrival of summer, or perhaps I am just an old romantic.... though I like to add a few touches of dark in the light, a little edge to the romantic, if possible.... When I think of summer's past I find myself escaping into stories and gardens. I think of lost hours sat under trees pretending to read, or days spent planning imaginary flower borders. But enough of my rose-tinted thinking out loud.....

sheltering from the sun

sheltering from the sun - the light and shade.... in miniature stitches. This piece reminds me of my grandmother and how she could never go out in bright sunshine because she was so very fair-skinned (though dark haired) and how her eyes would water in the sun.

Meanwhile, I have started to post new poems for summer over at my notebook nevering. These are experimental 'scratchy' notes toward something like a sequence. Still very much in-progress, but you are welcome to read.

Monday, 1 June 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday


1. Tall Poppy Syndrome, 2. Untitled, 3. ., 4. BRAINSTORM, 5. May 2015, 6. Magic, 7. Peonies in see-through bluish vase, 8. The Iris, 9. #landscape #sketchbook #watercolors #sea #greece, 10. Untitled, 11. Untitled, 12. journal-430, 13. LAVENDER, 14. Untitled, 15. Day 1 : I put you next to her, 16. oracle, 17. Untitled, 18. downhill, 19. Untitled, 20. /, 21. LauraPainting05-25-15, 22. listen, 23. DSC_0116, 24. Untitled, 25. Untitled

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A happy June to you! Here we are heading toward the midpoint of the year, Midsummer in a few weeks and where is the sun? I think it's hiding in your garden, is it? If so, I hope you are enjoying. And I hope we get more sunshine here soon as it has been a cloudy, chilly start to the week. Thanks as always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow the links to discover more.

June news: I am looking forward to a busy month ahead. My focus for June is works on paper + embroidery. I'm hoping to offer an inspired selection of new work in my shop and will be updating twice - on Wednesday 10th and again on Wednesday 24th. These will be smaller updates, but will offer you the chance to see plenty of new works.

I've been working quietly on new pencil drawings. Working on these is a meditative process. The drawing also helps me consider ways forward with both my embroidery and painting.

During this month I am also hoping to make more time for my personal writing and will share posts every so often over at my writing notebook nevering. Some of the writing will be transformed into stitch projects - I hope to share more about that as it evolves.

Well, I have just spent the morning catching up with paperwork and forms, and am glad to have that out of the way for now. I am looking forward to getting to work on more creative ideas. Have a good start to your week.