Tuesday, 20 June 2017

new work

still life with yellow striped jug

still life with striped yellow jug - gouache on Fabriano paper

small landscapes

small landscapes - monoprint drawings
this group of drawings came about recently - I've been making many different monoprint drawings, with attention to mark-making, that certain smudge and quality of line. A few years ago now I made quite a large series of monoprint landscapes - and just recently looked back on these, so the drawings above stemmed from the past series. I used additional brush work in a few of the drawings to add an extra dimension to the space of the drawing.

It can take me several attempts to get a drawing that feels right. Quite often this means making three or four drawings of one idea, then comparing and considering. I might like certain things about one drawing but a bit of another - and I learn from these, continue on with making further drawings. So I do end up with quite a few drawings and have to be ruthless - yes I do 'cull' drawings. And I do hold on to some, but I can't hoard everything. It is all about making a drawing that works for my eye and this is of course why I have to carry on drawing until I get to what I want.

My working methods are not something I want to reveal in a step-by-step way - but I will say I am very hands on, preferring to spread ink with fingertips, and I use a range of sharp tools for drawing. It has been suggested to me that I write a book on monoprint drawing from the perspective of an artist who does not use a printing press - and this certainly interests me. An idea to consider, a possibility.

There will be quite a number of monoprint drawings in tomorrow's shop update. I always offer these at special prices (bear in mind the above, it takes time and sometimes multiple drawings to get to the one that works).

So tomorrow there will be new paintings and drawings in my shop - and I do hope you will enjoy taking a look.

Monday, 19 June 2017


still life with blue patterned bowls

still life with blue patterned bowls

Hello, it's a very warm day here -much of England is experiencing a heat wave. It's a sunny, sad start to the week. I hope you understand the sense of sadness many of us are feeling - and perhaps you share it too, no matter where you are in the world. But I will not give up on hope - and look to see the best in everyone.

I have spent today working on a new still life painting - another in the ongoing series - and I am looking forward to sharing with you all the new artworks I have made over the past few weeks or so. My shop will be updated this Wednesday at 2pm. It's always a pleasure to send my work to people near and far, and I do hope you enjoy seeing the latest selection.

After this week's update I'll be taking a few days off. My son has just finished his GCSE exams and is now home for a long and well-deserved holiday. I will be back to work soon enough and aim to update my shop most weeks during July and August - small updates throughout the summer.

Have a good start to your week - more new work to see here tomorrow

Sunday, 18 June 2017

new work

monoprint drawings

monoprint drawings - ink on paper

still life with grey-lilac jug

still life with grey-lilac jug - a painting in my ongoing series of still life 'shelf works' in gouache

These and more will be added to my shop this coming Wednesday - at 2pm UK time.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


still life with blue bowl and stacked cups

still life with blue bowl and stacked cups - gouache on Fabriano paper

Hello - apologies for no post yesterday - I usually try to post each Monday but the time went by and I had a busy start to my week. It's a warm, sometimes sunny day here. It's that time when I check the salad patch and can see the leaves growing, hour by hour.....

I've been painting today and listening to a feisty blackbird chatter on and on.... I think it may be more than one bird I've been listening to. At one point the bird become so insistent I turned off the radio and just listened to the bird instead.

Looking forward to sharing more new work with you as the week goes on. My next shop update will be a week on Wednesday - Wednesday 21st June at 2pm UK time.

More soon...

Sunday, 11 June 2017

new work

still life with earth bowl

over this past week I have completed four still life paintings

and spent some time working on new monoprint drawings - I expect to continue on with these, experimenting as always - and making collages

monoprint drawings

Monday, 5 June 2017



sketchbook - bird watching in gouache

Hello, first Monday in June - and it's a windy, cloudy, cooler start to the week here - with rain forecast. We do need rain but the sun this weekend was very welcome.


I did not want to believe the news as I read it on my phone Sunday morning - having gone to bed on Saturday unaware of what had happened in central London. Of course the reaction is to be upset, saddened, appalled - but I am also angry, angry at the reaction I saw on social media from some people, inciting hatred and division. Perhaps I should not have read so much online, but at times one does want to know what the rest of the world is thinking.

I remind myself often - there are many good people in the world and I am grateful for the courage and humanity that exists in so many people.


I started this week with working on new paintings - and my plan is to work on these through the week - but I am also working on new poems and will say more about about my writing soon.....

Hope to share new work with you later in the week.

Thanks to everyone who visited my shop last week and especially to those of you who purchased a new artwork (or a few). Your interest is much appreciated.

Have a good start to your week

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

shop update

a trio of ink drawings

a trio of ink drawings

Indian ink on Fabriano paper

Just a reminder - I am adding new artworks to my shop today at (the later than usual) time of 8pm uk. I hope you may enjoy seeing the full selection. There will be ink drawings, artist books and paintings. Thanks always.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

new work

wild and gentle - botanical

wild and gentle - ink on Fabriano paper

exploring botanical shapes and the gathering of difference....

scented garden

scented garden - gouache sketch on paper

I make a lot of sketches and for some reason or other always worry about offering more abstract work - but I am trying to gain confidence (it's been many years)..... NOTE: I am holding on to this new series of abstract sketches so that I may work on them through the summer and have a group of work to look over.

I have an eclectic mix of new work - available tomorrow( from 8pm uk time) in my shop.

Monday, 29 May 2017



hide-and-seek - artist book - gouache on Fabriano paper

Hello, it is a damp bank holiday here in the south east of England..... I have spent the morning painting, enjoying the process of working on artist books and smaller paintings. As an early riser I enjoy this time of year, getting downstairs and sitting in the garden with a cup of tea. This morning the sun was shining at 6.30am - On a drier day I will sit and work, or plan my day, and use all that early sunlight. As we move toward summer I am thinking more about working outside, possibly working in my local woodland. We shall see....

This week I am updating my shop on Wednesday - please do note the time is later than usual - 8pm uk time. I have received several requests to alter the time so that people not able to look at 2pm can get a chance to see the full new selection. I will be changing the time about over the months ahead and see how things work out. I hope this works positively.

Tomorrow I will share here a few more new works. Have a good start to your week.

Friday, 26 May 2017

ink drawings

woman and child figure (detail)

detail from an ink drawing

My plans for this week changed - various reasons - I decided to go with the flow of my ideas, and be myself as much as I can.....

So I have found myself in familiar territory, exploring historically-inspired figures in ink drawings.... These drawings are indeed inspired by the past, yet have a timeless quality. They do not pretend to be 'historical' or of one time, but are about the merging of time and influence, the recurrence of themes such as motherhood and family.....

A selection of ink drawings will be included in my shop update next week.

gather wildly

'gather wildly' - detail

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

artist books


eavesdropping - artist book

Hello, I had hoped to share a post of new work with you yesterday - but events here in England have shaken many of us and I was just not able to put together very much at all.... (Today I am determined to be a bit more focused and make the most of my time, so I am sitting down to write this before going to my studio space and working on paper).

I continue to explore the simple concertina artist book - as a fascinating way of presenting visual ideas, mark-making and narrative.

I am working on books with a variety of media - some featuring my distinctive figures, others showcasing different still life objects. Working in acrylics, gouache, ink and monoprinting allows me to display various ways of seeing.

small book of vessels (red tin)

four vessels - (red tin)

The artist books I create may be enjoyed as folding little books, to place on a shelf, display as you may - or you might prefer to display in a glazed frame. Or another idea for display is to have the book propped within a cabinet of other, complementary objects. I can imagine the book above looking very interesting propped on a shelf or inside a cabinet alongside ceramics, for example.

I hope to share more new work with you later in the week.

A reminder my next shop update is next Wednesday, 31st at the different-from-usual time of 8pm (UK).

Monday, 22 May 2017



mantle - a larger painting on Fabriano paper

Hello, it's a sunny, warm - almost summery - start to the week here. Today I have been painting, working on a variety of new work. At the moment I am working on larger paintings - which are liberating and I am working in a looser, bold way and learning a lot. Alongside the bigger ones, I am working on new concertina artist books..... So I vary my scale of working quite a bit, going from 12cm tall to 40cm tall... which may not seem like such a difference, but really does feel like one.....

Tomorrow I'll share here a few more new works.

Just to let you know I will be updating my shop next week - on Wednesday 31st May - please note the time will be 8pm (uk time). I am shifting my times a bit, with the hope that different times may suit different people in different people - as well as suit those lovely faithful folk who tune in each update, thank you! I do appreciate all interest in my work.

Have a good start to your week

Sunday, 21 May 2017

garden notes - May II

rosemary cuttings

rosemary cuttings around the edge of a basket

Until recently I did not have much success with cuttings. This has been more to do with simple neglect, getting distracted, than the cutting being 'wrong', I think. In the past I would take cuttings and put them in a small pot, perhaps cover the pot with a plastic bag, and put it somewhere to then forget about it, oh dear.... Now I take the cuttings and put them around the edge of the container the parent plant lives in, so that I am reminded of them. The cuttings do take longer, perhaps, being outside and not on a windowsill, but they do actually make roots and become their own plant. So, some success.... The rosemary cuttings above have a fair chance, perhaps not all will make roots, but at least a few, and a few is all I need with a small garden. I have done this successfully for other plants such as penstemon growing  in a pot. I'm also experimenting with layering thyme and will report back on that.

sempervivum in a blue and white pot I bought from a charity shop

ferns are really coming to life with beautiful colouring - this one is in a metal container just outside the kitchen door - it seems to like its sheltered spot with shade and a little afternoon sun

(a post of new artwork tomorrow)

Monday, 15 May 2017


interior with figures

artist book - figures in interior

Hello, it's a cooler, cloudy start to the week here. We had a sunny weekend and I got a lot done in the garden. So much weeding that I have given myself a bit of a tired-sore right arm. I am sure all will be fine in few days (and the weeds will be popping up again).

I've been painting today. Over the next few weeks I am simply exploring - folding forms and colour. Expect to see artist books, still life and abstract paintings. I am keeping my intentions quite open this 'cycle' (the three weeks until I update my shop again). But I know I want to work more loosely, following on from the 'from life' series I have made recently.

I hope to share more later this week.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

a garden post - May I

I would like to share with you a series of posts, just now and then, about my small garden and gardening interests....

May garden border

the border in May - just had a trim

I live in a rented house with a small back garden. When we moved here, several years ago, there was just one sickly rose in a narrow stretch of earth (not really a border) - the rest of the garden being lawn, patio and a huge conifer. I decided to replace the sickly rose but the replacement did not last, despite tending to the soil. Slowly I have dug a narrow border - not wishing to make too many changes to the garden but to improve it. I planted box and have watched it slowly grow, trimming each year (though I did not trim last year, see below), and finally there's something like a mixed border with formal and informal elements.

May garden border
box, just trimmed - to the left you see rose foliage - that is one of two Poundland roses I bought in January. In the foreground is lady's mantle. To the right is Greek oregano.

Last year, for various reasons, I didn't feel much like gardening - though I did the basics like cut the lawn. I was a bit depressed and lacking gardening inspiration, perhaps. I focused on planting cheery things in pots. The lacklustre summer did not inspire me much. But this year, for the past several months, I have found my 'old interest' renewed. Years ago, when I had an actual garden of my own, (not rented) I enjoyed planning and planting, but then I struggled with the garden. I had young children to care for and the garden/house was positioned next to a very noisy major dual carriageway - so that any time you stepped into the garden all you heard was the rush of traffic like a constant hiss. I had never wanted to live there, it was a terrible compromise on my part to accept moving there - but we were there and I had to make the best of it. I tried to make a nice garden for my family but it never did come to much.

May garden border

I know I may never have a 'garden of my own' but I will make the best of what I do have - and I do have a lot of containers with plants and have collected many interesting things over the years. The rose you see in a pot in the border has been carted from one home to the next, and still flowers each year, despite being pot-bound. I can't bring myself to break the pot and that would be the only way.....

This slim border has something to offer all year round. I plan to plant summer annuals in spaces and hope they don't all get eaten by slugs and snails. The soil here is terrible - free-draining on top but dig just ten centimetres of so and you hit hard yellow clay. So each time I plant anything I add plenty of compost and slowly the general condition of this patch is improving. i have tried various plants but it seems the tough ones are the best - box, lady's mantle - all seem fine. Other things such as hardy geraniums have been fleeting, though interestingly there is a white hardy geranium that is once again appearing and will soon make flowers - and it's supposed to be a tricky one to grow, I think. If you like something it is worth giving it a try - and you never know how well it might thrive.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

new work

handmade vessels with green bottle

handmade vessels with green bottle

three blue

three blue - smaller works in acrylics

These new artworks - and many more - will be in my shop tomorrow from 2pm (uk time).

I've written quite a bit about the twists and turns of my work over the years - and certainly I continue to return to favourite subjects and ways of seeing, as well as working on considered series of works. Recently I have been working on still life paintings 'from life' and have enjoyed the process, have learned yet more about looking at humble objects. I enjoy also working more abstractly and return to my familiar figures for their playfulness - though I find pleasure in them being yet more abstracted these days. So, all in all much to be keeping me busy...

I hope you enjoy seeing all the new artworks - tomorrow

Monday, 8 May 2017


Summer room I

summer room I

Hello, just a quick post this evening - I have had a busy start to the week. The painting above is from last week when it felt a good deal warmer. Today we are back to chilly spring weather.....

I am enjoying working on a variety of still lifes and interiors at the moment. The interiors are more abstracted (see above). Today I painted a composition featuring a funnel I bought on Saturday and I really enjoyed painting it - not many people can declare such a thing!

This week I am updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm - I will be varying times in the future however, as I have had a few requests. Perhaps now I might invite a few comments, if I may - what time would suit you in future?

Have a good start to your week and more tomorrow

Friday, 5 May 2017

a few yes moments

old & modern (old chinese teacup & sake cup)

old & modern (old chinese teacup and a saki cup) - gouache on Fabriano paper

I am showing here two quite different works. The above is of course a still life, worked from life, considering the shape, pattern, form etc... in a representational way. I enjoyed painting this, particularly the challenge of the Chinese cup. I decided on gouache for this as I felt I needed to keep my mark-making quite lively, a little loose... and to be honest I attempted to paint this cup about a year ago and just did not like the result at all. So I feel like I have conquered it this time, a year on!

And so, from my abstract dept - with their roots in my sketchbooks, still lifes and interiors - I feel like I've made a recent breakthrough on how to translate into bigger on paper.... making the marks I enjoy in my sketchbooks but more so, on a bigger scale, has been a challenge I have wanted to get to grips with for a while....


lemonade - acrylics on Fabriano paper

Monday, 1 May 2017


drawings on the wall

drawings on the wall

Hello, it's May - how are you finding the start of this month? It has been a chilly, spots of rain kind of a day here. I have been busy with housework duties (and considering objects, making arrangements for my next still life paintings). Yesterday I wrote quite a bit about how my work has been evolving. I did write quite a bit, my hope is that it makes some sense.... My post yesterday was very much about my newest still life paintings. They take up most of my working hours. However, I should say there are two main strands to my current working - the still life paintings and expressive drawings (see above). It seems that working on something very concentrated and then something more spontaneous helps me greatly. I enjoy both ways of working.

This week I am continuing on with new still life paintings - and new drawings too. Hope to share more soon.

Have a good week ahead

Sunday, 30 April 2017

new work

small teacup and a on old tin of buttons

small teacup and an old tin of buttons

This week I have been working quietly on new still life compositions - working from life and really looking. I have felt a shift in my work recently, toward a more considered articulation; looking very intently at the same few objects for many hours can have an effect on you - it can make me feel incredibly delighted and at the same time I question myself and how I am seeing things. It is good to be challenged and I feel a need to follow through, one painting to the next, not knowing what will be next exactly, exploring shapes, quiet spaces....

Still life painting is a vast world, it is both current and historical. The different approaches can make you dizzy. I have known for a while now that as much as I love abstraction I find a need for some representional element in my own picture-making. I'm also interested so very much in light and space. I am not an exuberant pretty-pretty painter. My palette will most likely always remain quiet, quite muted, earthy. I enjoy painting foliage more than I do flowers. I enjoy ceramics and simple forms, the conversation things can have with things.

I have had a few wobbles this week - questioning what I am doing, where I am heading and how it is I can just take it one painting to the next. I realise now the wobble is because I am focused! I am not always so focused, and when I work I feel a sense of calm and contemplation. This is hard work, the concentrated effort takes hours and time flies.

It has been very helpful to discuss how I am feeling with my daughter, who has a very solid understanding of how pictures work through her own work in digital drawing and illustration - she knows about negative space and will give me an honest opinion about a set up of objects, for example. It really helps to have someone look before I share my work with the world.

I've worked a very public apprenticeship as a visual artist, and I am still and always will be learning. So much of my old work lingers online, it is almost like being haunted by your old school files, yet I am proud of how I have progressed, I am pleased to have worked in a variety of ways over the years, explored this and that, and found myself where I am now. In this digital world it is impossible to hide away from what you did in the past, especially if you have been selling your work as you have been developing, it's out there, and that's ok. But if I could choose I would of course prefer people to focus on what I am doing now! From time to time I get an email asking me: are you making new embroidery? And I will have to explain, no. Or I will be asked: can you make me a painting like this (something from 8 years ago!) and I will have to explain, no. But I do not wish to be ungrateful at all for the interest, goodness me, I am glad to have people looking and if my past work inspires interest, that is fine.

So over the weeks ahead I shall be slowly but surely working on new paintings, and these do take time. I'll be looking out ever more carefully for objects to put in still life arrangements (I have found myself staring at bottles and jars in the supermarket, wondering about the shapes....) Fortunately I have a good collection of objects and especially ceramics, including pots I made years ago. I enjoy painting the pots that are my own work, they feel right, which is not so strange....

I hope you may enjoy seeing the new paintings as they come about. I will be updating my shop every two to three weeks and my next update will be: Wednesday 10th May.

pears in a handmade dish with dessert fork

pears in a handmade dish with dessert fork

Monday, 24 April 2017


pinch bowl and teaspoon

pinch bowl and teaspoon - a new still life painting - acrylics on Fabriano paper

Hello, we are in the final week of April already, the neighbourhood is looking greener, the seedlings on my windowsill are no longer tiny..... It has been a slightly sunny, bit chilly start to the week here, typical spring weather.

I'd like to say a special thanks to everyone for visiting my shop last week and thank you for all the orders. All interest in my work is much appreciated. This is a a fiercely competitive world - everything is out there to distract you from looking at original artwork - yet you choose to see and I thank you very much! My next shop update will be in mid May, most likely the 10th. Next week the house I rent will be having some renovations and so there will be a bit of disruption etc... all necessary and welcome, but this might slow me down a bit. So this week I am attempting to really get engrossed in new paintings and just focus-focus-focus....

I hope to share with you a few new photos by the end of the week. I'm focusing on still life paintings at the moment, especially working from life. I am finding the challenge of working with 'shapes to relate' is what I need and is pushing me onward in interesting ways. But I also hope to do some more experimental drawing and such, to balance things.

Have a good week ahead.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

new work

a quartet of smaller paintings

a quartet of smaller paintings - acrylics on Fabriano paper

exploring abstracted figures and shapes, a limited palette of greens, blues, whites, flesh tones....


saxifraga in a vintage garden pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper

another in an ongoing series of garden pots - I am enjoying working on these detailed studies made from life. I shall be continuing on with working directly from life, and so in the weeks ahead you may see other subjects - but for now I have enjoyed the terracotta tones....

these and other new paintings and drawings will be in my shop tomorrow - 2pm UK time. Thanks always for your interest, I hope you may like to see all the selection.

Monday, 17 April 2017



forget-me-nots in a vintage pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper

interior with portraits and model houses

interior with portraits and model houses - acrylics on Fabriano paper

Hello, it's a bank holiday Monday here in the UK and so quite typically chilly and looking like it might rain... I have been enjoying a long weekend mostly not working - it has been good for me and my family. I confess here it is difficult for me to 'stop', to stop working, to stop thinking about work, but I recognise I need to do that from time to time. Once this blog post is written I shall attempt to slip back into my non-working mode, for the rest of the day, and tomorrow I'll be making that final push, completing work, gathering up, evaluating, photographing... in anticipation of my shop update on Wednesday.

I enjoy my work very much, I know I am a hard critic of what I do, and I want to always offer my very best. At the same time, I am realising I need to down tools just once in a while, and have time for others and other things. I've been reading more recently - if you are at all interested in knowing what I am reading then you can take a look over at goodreads - and add me as a friend if you like. I am trying to keep up with listing the books I am reading, (though there have been gaps in the past).

Social media is something we all juggle and negotiate with, at some level or another. Some of us have tried a lot of different stuff and then we decide what is or not for us. My sister has never been tempted by Facebook, for example, and that is just fine. I don't use it very much at all these days and that is just fine for me. I find Instagram is at times overwhelming, with so many images posted each day - but hey I was the one who clicked to follow over 500 people. I have, currently, 12.7k followers over there and appreciate each click and heart, but goodness me if you're not careful this can all become exceedingly time consuming and anxiety-inducing, so I recognise the value in posting just once or twice a day and taking time off when I need to do that. My learning curve, when it comes to social media, is a slow and wobbly one, like a multicoloured crayon wobbly line. Twitter is something I enjoy, mostly reading rather than posting, though I use it more for keeping up with the news than really marketing my work. Is marketing your work a conscious thing or is being anywhere part of the process, I ask myself, as I play endless games of Scrabble - my absolute favourite phone app (despite losing as many games as I win).

Back to work: I have been making a variety of paintings recently, the still lifes and the interiors dominating. Drawing-wise I have been more experimental in recent weeks and have felt a necessary playfulness, if that is not an oxymoron. If I am working on carefully considered still lifes 'from life, I feel I also need to balance that with some gestural, improvised stuff - even if that ends up being bits of paper stuck in a sketchbook and never offered as 'real work'. Over the weeks ahead I would like to consider further working from life and a variety of still life subjects. At the same time I'd like to continue exploring more abstracted drawing. Developing in two circles that somehow overlap, at times, perhaps....

I have written quite a bit today so will end by wishing you a good start to the week and with a promise to share more photos and less waffle tomorrow.

Shop update: this Wednesday - 2pm UK time.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

new work

interior with chest of drawers and portrait

interior with chest of drawers and portrait

Hello - apologies for not posting yesterday, as I usually post on a Monday, but yesterday was my daughter's birthday and when not eating cake I was busy painting in the garden..... We are enjoying warm spring days here and I am making the most of this fine weather. Above you can see one of a series of interior paintings that I am currently working on.

I'll share more work with you this week. My next shop update is next week on Wednesday 19th April.

You may note this blog has my domain address (cathycullis.co.uk) - no need to update any link you might have, things will redirect automatically from the old blogspot address.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

new work

sempervivum in vintage pot

sempervivum - acrylics on Fabriano paper

I am currently making a series of smaller paintings of garden pots and plants. Working from examples in my own garden, these are detailed yet expressive observational paintings. I hope I may find inspiration through spring into summer (and beyond). I've got a small collection of vintage garden pots and I particularly enjoy painting their dark terracotta tones, varying from pot to pot. In many ways I enjoy the challenge of making something 'simple' eg. a red earth pot, into a painting that is more than... if I can. This series will also be a good reason for me to keep up my interest in gardening, growing from seed etc... We shall see how this goes....

A few weeks back I took a break from painting very much at all and focused on drawing. I am glad I did this, it helped me get some ideas and to consider what wanted to do. A shift of media often helps. I realised I was drawing a lot from looking about me, my home and work spaces, just observing stuff. And I realised too that I was still interested in painting but very much as an observer of painting. So with this in mind I have been working on new interior paintings, featuring paintings within.

the bathers painting

'the bathers painting' - acrylics on Fabriano paper

You may also note that I have cracked open my acrylics paints again - after painting in gouache only for the past three months. This shift into working in acrylics is interesting to me as I enjoy the freedom to work with expressive brush marks and layering of paint. My brushes never last for long because I do like to scrub into the painted surface at times, though I have one or two 'best brushes' that I use more carefully due to the fact they cost me about £20 each. My main brushes for doing what ever with are student quality, perfectly adequate for me, if I then switch to using my better brushes when necessary. It's all about having the right gear, not the most expensive but the right for your own work. I now stick with what works for me and will invest in what matters the most, for example I only work paintings on the best paper (though I will sketch and make marks on just about anything).

interior with bowls and portraits

interior with bowls and portraits

I hope this gives you some idea of what I have been working on recently. I look forward to sharing more and will be having a special shop update on 19th April.

Monday, 3 April 2017


group of four

group of four - gouache and acrylics on Fabriano paper

Hello, a happy April Monday to you. I am writing this early in the morning rather than my usual afternoon effort.... lots to do today. It is a fine spring morning here and we are set to enjoy another warm day of blossom and bird song. It is easier to feel motivated to get on with things when the sun is shining, but at the same time there is always so much to do. I am busy exploring several ongoing projects at the moment, and must be patient with myself and pace my work, which is not something I find easy.

This week I'm going to continue on exploring, making.... No shop update this week. My next will most likely be on April 19th. Please check here for news (or over at my shop). I am not updating for a few weeks so that I can spend some time with my family and support my son as he revises for his GCSEs.

Please note: I have a series of paintings currently available via The Edition Shop - and the prices have just been lowered (a new one just added to the selection also). So please do take a look. Thank you.

Apologies for no sketchbook post last week - time went by and other things happened. I hope to share a post of new work with you here soon.

Have a good week ahead

paper vessels

a group of paper vessels - I am working toward making a larger group of these, exploring shape and forms together....

Monday, 27 March 2017


monoprint drawings - oil on paper

monoprint drawings - oil on paper

Hello, it's a sunny and mild start to this last week of March - and yes spring is here.... I sat in my little garden to eat lunch today, ignored the power drill/sawing going on in the neighbourhood and tuned into the birdsong.... I've been busy drawing and working on new ideas this afternoon.

Over the next few weeks I plan to continue on with exploring still life forms, line, colour and more.... I am particularly interested in monoprint making at the moment but also more experimental drawing and at the same time exploring colour in drawing - so that's plenty to be getting on with for a while.

There's no shop update this week - and I'm taking a break from updating for a few weeks after this. My next update will be after Easter, in mid-April. I made a choice to take a break so that I may focus on new work at a steady pace and at the same time support my son who is revising for exams. As you may know I have a teenage soon who has autism - and revision is tough for any young person. Thanks always for your support.

I hope to share with you a post of sketchbook pages later in the week.

Have a good week and more soon....

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

new work

a look at just three of the various new artworks coming to my shop tomorrow.....

still life with yellow cup and patterned jug

still life with yellow cup and patterned jug - gouache painting

a woodland walk

a woodland walk - gouache painting

still life with pot of seedlings

still life with pot of seedlings - a monoprint drawing

Monday, 20 March 2017


still life wtih plate of fruit

a monoprint drawing - still life with plate of fruit

Hello, it's been a sunny, rainy, chilly start to the week here. I've spent the day painting and drawing, photographing artwork, cutting paper, sorting through folders and getting on with stuff. It's always a varied day for me, never do I do exactly the same thing over and over.....

This week - I am updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. Expect to see a varied, lively, eclectic mix of paintings and drawings. Following this week's update I'll be taking some time to make new work, will be busy with various things (see my last post) and so will be updating my shop again after Easter, mid-to-late April. I'll let you know the date nearer the time. So if you have been thinking/hoping of buying an original artwork from my shop, and would like it to you for before Easter, then this week is your chance......

Thanks always for reading here. I know there are a number of people who do read, even if comments are rare - that's fine! Blogging, social media and online activity in general has evolved and will continue to.... I am prepared to write a blog post here twice a week or so, just so long as I know the visitor numbers are still alive - and they are actually increasing for me. Thank you.

I hope you have a good start to your week. More tomorrow.....

Saturday, 18 March 2017

new work

still life with pale teapot

still life with pale teapot

terrace cottages in spring

terrace cottages in spring

A look at just a few of the paintings made recently - these and others will be in my shop next Wednesday.

recent morning drawings

I will be adding a small selection of drawings to my shop next Wednesday - these above are just an example - I have yet to select which recent drawings I might sell. The drawings I do decide to sell will be offered at special prices.

A quick note about shop updates - the next one is this coming Wednesday 22nd at the usual time of 2pm. I'll then be taking a break from updating my shop for several weeks, updating again toward the end of April. I will be working quietly during this time but I have other commitments, (including a need to help my son as he revises for his GCSEs during the Easter holidays). During the weeks ahead I'm looking forward to taking some time to explore mark-making and collage, with monoprinting and drawing. I feel I have worked very intensely on figurative painting in recent months - and whilst I am not abandoning it - I need to explore other ideas, or rather return to ideas I've found in older sketchbooks and would like to rediscover. So, I shall see where April takes me....

I'll share a further selection of new work next week. Thanks always and enjoy your weekend