Monday, 27 February 2017



I'm making a small series of abstract studies - with daffodils as my starting point..... tis the season of the daffs and I welcome bright yellows.....

Hello, a happy Monday to you. I just looked out of the window and saw a rainbow - it has been a rainy, sunny, chilly start to the week here. Still February but not for long.

I've been posting orders today - and visiting the library - and then home to paint. Feels like a busy and productive start to the week. I hope I can share new work with you as we go into March.

No shop update this week - I'm hoping to add new artworks to my shop on the 8th of March. Thank you.

More soon.....

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

new work

a shared plot, or the young gardener

a shared plot, or the young gardener - gouache on Fabriano paper

three smaller landscapes

there will be several smaller landscape paintings in my shop tomorrow

time and chance

time and chance - another in my ongoing series of artist books - ink drawings

These and more will be in my shop tomorrow (2pm uk time)

Monday, 20 February 2017


fine day or washing day

'a fine day, washing day' - gouache on Fabriano paper - (a new work, to be included in my shop update on Wednesday)

Hello - it's a mild, almost sunny, spring-like day here. So pleased to have seen sunshine in recent days. I went for a long walk through our local woodland and park last Saturday - maybe you know that kind of 'good walk' when you can feel the sun and your legs ache by the time you get home. I like that kind of walk. Walking helps me in so many ways, not just to keep fit but to clear my head and get a better perspective - discovering things along the way, things that might lead to new paintings.

So today I began by painting - and will be drawing this afternoon, perhaps working in my sketchbooks. I'm having to pace myself especially as I have an ongoing neck problem, which means I really do need to take a break regularly. At least this means I have to get up and move around and do some neck exercises. It's too easy to get lost in a painting....

I'll be updating my shop this week - Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. Updating fortnightly seems to be working out for me, I feel the two week cycle allows me just enough time to explore, create and show my work. So my only hope is that you will enjoy seeing what I have to offer.... And thank you always for your support.

I'll share more new work with you tomorrow. Have a good start to your week.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

new work

I am sharing here just a few images - to give you an idea of the new work I've been making in the past few weeks. All you see here will be added to my shop next Wednesday....

three smaller landscapes

three smaller landscapes in gouache
top left is: within a walled garden
top right: villa by the woods
below: writer's retreat

My landscape are inspired by rather than based upon exact places. I paint with several ideas in mind and go with the flow. My local neighbourhood has a diverse range of old and new buildings - we are fortunate to have a feel of the countryside with a local large park, woodland and farmland - yet we are also close to urban areas. After living in the place for a number of years, and walking about and taking note, I am still finding new things - discovering, for example, just how many streams there are hidden about the place....

old cottages by a stream

old cottages by a stream - gouache

this is a larger work (24cm x 21cm)

I'm also continuing on with my oil pastel works.


seedlings - oil pastel on Fabriano paper

I should say all of these works are on Fabriano paper, which is my paper of choice for mostly all my work these days. it is 100% cotton, robust, smooth surfaced and a lovely warm white-cream. It is simply the best paper I can find to use (and if that sounds like an advert for Fabriano I must say I am not sponsored by them - just a fan of their paper!)

I am also working on new ink drawings - and I'll share one of two of them next week.

Have a good weekend

Thursday, 16 February 2017

new work via The Edition

grey cottage by acers

grey cottage by acers

Just added today - there are five new paintings of mine available via The Edition

Please do follow the link to see this latest selection.

Thank you!

Monday, 13 February 2017



recent sketchbook - gouache

Hello, a happy Monday to you. It's been a beautifully sunny if cold day today. I've spent the day working on several new larger paintings - most of which are heading to The Edition Shop in the near future. I'm also making work for my own shop. There will not be an update this week - so my next will be on Wednesday 22nd.

I hope to show you new work later in the week.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

new work

lending hope

lending hope - Indian ink

two folk figures in a garden

two folk figures in a garden - gouache

the glebe

the glebe - gouache

A look at just a few of the new artworks coming to my shop tomorrow, usual time of 2pm UK.

Monday, 6 February 2017


three small landscapes

three smaller landscapes - gouache on Fabriano paper

Hello, a February Monday comes around.... it's been a chilly, slightly sunny sort of start to the week here. I've been painting this morning, and also photographing new work for my shop update this coming Wednesday. I'll be updating at the usual time of 2pm. There is a focus of landscape works, with figure drawings in ink and more.... I hope you may enjoy seeing the mix.

Tomorrow I'll share with you a few new works. Have a good start to your week.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

new work

old park cottage

old park cottage

oil pastel on Fabriano paper

I have spent the past several weeks exploring new landscapes - in both oil pastel and gouache..... I am continuing on, with the possibilities of spring encouraging me forward.... I do love the feel, texture and playfulness of oil pastel. It appeals to the sculptor in me, and the layering up of dense and shaded tones allows for a certain depth. It's interesting that working instinctively, as I do, I see shapes early on and yet the picture can alter over time quite remarkably so. Working with oil pastel is a time-consuming process for me, yet I feel it is time very well spent. I'm glad I've been making lots of sketchbook pages in oil pastel, to help me along. These sketchbook pages are a very helpful resource for me to always have close by. I'm also looking again at a range of landscape artists that have inspired me over years, including Ivon Hitchens.

a gardener

a gardener - gouache on Fabriano paper

When not working in oil pastel I have been considering new work in monochrome gouache.... I find the challenging of working with just black makes me consider light in a way that is so vital to the picture. Using colour can make you rely upon colour! And light is the important thing in painting, yes? I have been looking at some photography of gardens and landscapes by the painter Ben Nicholson. I came across his photography in a very interesting book (from an exhibition at the Tate in 2004) titled 'Art of the Garden'. I've borrowed the book from the library and only wish I had my own copy.....

These are just a few of the works I have made recently - there will be a selection of new paintings and ink drawings too in my shop next Wednesday.