Saturday, 31 December 2016

wishing you a happy new year

Wishing you a very happy new year - may 2017 bring us all new hope, creative energy and good health.

I look forward to sharing my new work with you. I've taken several days off from painting, over the Christmas period. It has been tricky for me to just stop! I am always making something, it seems. I've been doing a little writing, and a lot of reading. It's been good to spend time with my family.

Now I am feeling positive about the year ahead. I will be giving myself time to explore new ideas, to go with the flow of my work. It's with your interest that I am able to feel confident, to have the courage to explore new ideas is really the only way forward......

Thursday, 22 December 2016

recent sketchbooks

Hello - as promised a post featuring recent sketchbooks..... and may I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I'll be taking a break from blogging here but will return in the new year.

(my next shop update will be Wednesday January 4th.....)

My sketchbooks are just as important to me as ever. I value the space to play, ponder and mess things up a bit. I have several books on the go at any one time.

recent sketchbook pages

sketchbook + cyclamen in a jug


winter sketchbook

thanks always for reading here - much more to come in 2017 x

Monday, 19 December 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. thestudiogarden Geranium, 2. Untitled, 3. faltering steps, 4. Grandma's front porch: where I got my first boyfriend kiss, and where she met me at the door and said, "Welcome, granddaughter.", 5. Untitled, 6. Untitled, 7. ungovernable zoom, 8. To you, 9. Clifton Without, 10. funface, 11. Untitled, 12. Ortensia su tela, 13. Trace, 14. Happy Friday! #tanuki #ohhello #japantrip #tokyo..., 15. Untitled, 16. ©js_DSC_54413, 17. sketchbook, 18. Untitled, 19. "OVERLOOK" Woodcut (detail), 20. plants, 21. Untitled, 22. Millbank, 23. Folded pen lettering. Walnut ink with Tim's folded pen on Strathmore 300 charcoal paper., 24. Bradford (statue of J B Priestley), 25. blue book, 26. Bethnal Green Rd, 27. Sipario, 28. Leaving the train - Kings Cross, 29. Untitled, 30. Untitled, 31. This big! #senseofplace #naturephotography #arashiyama..., 32. Detail from Fugue, 33. Man seated on child's chair, 34. Not asleep, 35. poen, 36. walk Created with fd's Flickr Toys

 Hello, a happy Monday to you - and it's been another foggy, damp start to the week here. I can't remember a recent December quite so fogged over.... I'd much prefer bright and a little frosty but perhaps we'll get that soon enough. Thanks to all the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. A big thanks to everyone who has been featured this year. And thanks if you have been following links etc... There will be no mosaic next week.

This week I'm working on my sketchbooks, making a start on a few new works for the new year.... I've been baking and attempting to get into the festive mood..... Christmas and new year is usually a relaxed, quiet time for my family and I.

I know last week I promised a sketchbook post -but did not get round to it. So hope to make time to do that here this week.

Thanks always for reading here over the past months. It's been a pleasure to share my work and ideas here with you. I'll be making some changes to my blogging in the new year. I'll of course let you know all the details.

Monday, 12 December 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. IMG_20161208_135145, 2. Untitled, 3. sketchbook, 4. wip, 5. Untitled, 6. a forest in my mind, 7. *, 8. Farnham, 9. while it's hot., 10. Teapot head woodblock, 11. dasha nuda, dorme, 12. nue 4517, 13. Blue, 14. Kitsune. #fox #fushimiinari #kyotojapan #shrine #detailsdetails..., 15. Wo um halb drei der Mond zu sehen ist..., 16. icy morning, 17. the sedge winter, 18. Film, 19. The room, 20. STUDIO, 21. 5 December 2016, 22. Untitled, 23. Muxua II, 24. Untitled, 25. recovering self

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello, another Monday - and as we edge toward the end of the year, I am looking out of my window at a murky, so damp day... It has just got murkier and murkier as the day has gone on. So I am pleased to be able to work at home today, sorting paperwork, making marks in sketchbooks and getting on with this and that. Thanks always to my Flickr friends and the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. I hope you may have a moment to discover more beyond the links.....

So this week - no shop update as you may know - my next will be early on in the new year. I'll let you know details closer to then. I am working quietly on new ideas, considering and planning ahead - and catching my breath a bit, as the past few months have been intense, working most days and not thinking of much else! I am grateful. Thanks always for your interest, big thanks if you have purchased from me this year. Sorry if you were not able to purchase the artwork you wanted to, as things have sold quickly some weeks. I do appreciate this opportunity to share my work and send it near and far....

Also this week, I am continuing on with my poetry/photo project over at my writing blog nevering. It's not too late to visit there and read, when you may have a moment. Thanks to you if you are reading. I hope I may have some kind of physical publication out in 2017 - but we shall see....

Later this week I hope to share some of my sketchbook pages here.

Have a good start to your week.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

new work

I have a varied, lively and lovely selection of new work - coming to my shop tomorrow.... This will be my last update of the year. (Over the next few weeks I'll be working quietly in sketchbooks, planning for next year and continuing with some writing projects).

So here is just a few of the new artworks for tomorrow's shop update and I hope you may enjoy seeing the entire selection.

house by woods

'house by woods' - acrylics on Fabriano paper - a textured work with lots of interesting mark-making.... And yes trees are a dominant theme of this year......

foraging for green

'foraging for green' - a gouache work.... There will be a varied selection of works in gouache, various sizes, including smaller.....

footed bowl with feathers

a still life work - as I always try to add at least one new still life to my shop - this is 'footed bowl with feathers' and is acrylics on Fabriano paper

Monday, 5 December 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. recovering self, 2. P. Oudolf garden december 2016, 3. sketchbook, 4. Lumen print 17, 5. The Filterbeds, 6. Balloon Seller - Leicester Square, 7. Night wanderings again… #detailsdetails..., 8. Untitled, 9. sketchbook, 10. blind daughter, 11. #The Sighting" $200.00 plus shipping, 12. nowhere trail, 13. I live in the cradle of your arms and the root of your song, 14. DSC03957, 15. leftover candles, 16. dezemberlicht, 17. December mood, 18. concerto, amsterdam, 19/11, 19. Contemplation on a Branch #shelleysavor #bird #branch #city #tree, 20. Before we were mortals - 5"x7" on linen #embroideryart #embroidery #bordado #broderie, 21. Frosty, 22. 319-2, 23. hare, 24. dimensions & extensions, 25. 27.11.2016

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello, a happy December Monday to you - it's been a chilly start to the month here, with a touch of frost each morning.... Many thanks to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic.

This week I'll be updating my shop on Wednesday - at the usual time of 2pm - and this will actually be the last update of the year. I had planned to update next week, but having considered my commitments and energy levels, I have made a decision to focus on this week and then consider work for early next year. Thanks for your understanding.

So this week I'll be offering an eclectic mix of new original work and I hope you enjoy taking a look. If you live outside of the UK please consider the possibility your package may not arrive before Christmas, but I am as always happy to send worldwide. Also please note I am not reserving any new work - as we are close to the festive season and this is my last update of the year.

Tomorrow I'll show here a small selection of new work. Have a good start to your week.