Monday, 31 July 2017


summer figures

summer figures - oil pastel on card

Hello, it's an almost sunny and slightly warmer last Monday in July. I hope you have enjoyed a decent July - I understand people reading this are scattered all around the world (I am humbled to think about that) experiencing summer or winter, or something between, perhaps it's a British thing to be obsessed with the weather, or not? ..... I would love to hear from you to know what your favourite season is - so perhaps leave a comment or send me an email.

I've been working with oil pastels today - also gouache paint. I have moved from colour to monochrome in a single day (much like the British weather is capable of doing). This week I am getting busy with various ideas and hope to share new work with you later in the week.

Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

garden in late July

lime zinnia and black cornflower

Here we are in late July - the last few days - and it has been a wet, windy and chilly period, nothing much like summer. When not busy painting, photographing artwork, packaging orders etc.. I have been checking the weather forecast hoping to see a bright spell starting soon, hoping for warmth and plenty of sunshine. Despite the lack of sun many of the flowers I have grown from seed are blooming, making a decent show of it. I do like the lime zinnia just opening and will definitely grow black cornflowers again next year.

a vivid pink zinnia - most of the zinnias I grew this year (zinnia elegans) have made bright pink flowers - they really are this bright. Whilst I am not a huge fan they are certainly cheering the garden. 

first sunflower - valentine - I do like the softer primrose yellow and dark eye of this variety

a small raised bed (about 40cm long) - made using a recycled picture frame I had about the house not using - with a thick card base. I have another raised bed of a similar design that has lasted well - (despite terrible rain storms my first attempt at a cardboard raised bed has been a success, holding together still after three months and I've just re-seeded with new lettuce). The first main crops of summer for lettuce, chard and herbs seems to be coming to an end so I am starting again with new sowings - above you can see basil (some nibbled ah!) turnips, with lettuce and kale seedings just appearing - they will be picked small.

carrots, mixed salad leaves and kale in pots. I had no problem with butterfly damage earlier on in the summer but now can see it - so am covering (with fleece) things like kale from now on. I am covering the carrots also to protect from carrot fly.

green tomatoes - so many of them needing sun - with greek oregano and pink diascia growing in the background

Where ever you are - if you can spare some sunshine please send it over. I am not interested in a full-on heatwave, but a few days of warm sun would be very welcome. If we don't get the sun then never mind, I have been learning a great deal this year, growing my first carrots and turnips, and hoping to make soup for my birthday in November - that's something worthwhile. And if the tomatoes stay green I'll be looking for green tomato recipes.

Friday, 28 July 2017

thank you

zinnia - queen red lime

thank you to everyone who purchased from my shop this week - very much appreciated. Just wanted to let you know everything has been posted. My newest poetry mini zine Small Windows sold out within a few hours - I will be making a few more copies of this. So there will be another 15 copies in my shop when I next update, on Wednesday 9th August.

I'm going to be spending the next few days or so working in sketchbooks and catching up with gardening projects. My hope is we see some sunshine - today is another autumnal feeling day. Hoping for a little more warmth and sunshine.

Have a good weekend.

Monday, 24 July 2017


figure within a garden

figure within a garden - monoprint drawing

Hello, it's a chilly, damp start to the week here - hardly feels like July, oh dear. I look out of the window into my garden to see hot  pink zinnias just coming into bloom and I apologise to each one for not providing the dazzling sunshine such a flower might expect. Meanwhile, I have been painting and cutting paper today. The paper cutting is due to putting poetry zines together. I've now printed and sewn together all the first edition - and have the tiny botanical drawings (one to be included with each zine) to make tomorrow.

So this week I will be updating my shop on Wednesday at 2pm. I'm keeping 2pm as my regular update time slot for now - but I may try another time next month. I appreciate 2pm is very late/early depending on where you are, but this seems the time that works for most. If you are looking to buy a zine please note that if, by some chance, I do sell out I will be considering another print run in the near future.

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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

new work

a look at just a few of the new artworks I have made recently

oak leaves and pears

oak leaves and pears - a still life - acrylics on Fabriano paper

one late summer evening

one late summer evening - acrylics on Fabriano paper

these will be included in my shop update this coming Wednesday 26th at 2pm UK time

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

a new zine - small windows

small windows

Small Windows is a mini-zine of poetry with colour artwork. This little booklet offers a small selection of nine recent poems. If you have read any of my writing previously I hope you may like - if you are new to my poetry then it might just be something you find at least intriguing....

Poems are contemporary, experimental little creatures with contrary minds. I write about trying to fathom things out or just not: paintings, the process of making pictures, gardens and nature, history. Each zine will come with a tiny original botanical drawing - gouache on Fabriano paper. This will be a first edition of just 50 - but I may consider making a further run if there is demand. The zines/booklets are designed, printed and hand bound by myself. I'm keeping the price as modest as I can - £5 including UK postage (extra postage cost for overseas).

Small Windows will be available to purchase from my shop from Wednesday 26th July. I am not reserving copies - but as stated above, if there is demand I will make additional copies so everyone who wants one should be able to purchase.

It's taken me a few attempts to get to this latest zine - I had a couple of false starts in the past, getting so far but then feeling the poems did not want to work together. But with this handful of nine I feel they are doing what I want, in their own ways. I'm glad to be at this stage - with a new zine ready, and I am pleased with it. I've had poems published in a variety of journals and pamphlets previously, but I decide to self-publish every so often, to allow me to present my writing in the way that I want - with my own colour artwork - offering anyone interested in my work generally an opportunity to have a small collectable piece.

Monday, 17 July 2017


still life with earth teapot

still life with earth pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper

tiny painted book

tiny book - sketchbook - acrylics

hello, It's a very warm and sunny-with-a-bit-of-cloud day here. I feel I've made a good start to the week - I've been working on new larger paintings and have just this afternoon started to print and bind copies of my newest zine! Yes a poetry (+artwork) zine is due out next week. More details to follow soon (probably tomorrow)....

So this week I will be busy continuing to print/bind zines as well as making new paintings and drawings. I expect the days will go by quickly but I do hope to make time to share things here.

My next shop update will be a week on Wednesday - Wednesday 26th July at 2pm.

More soon....

Monday, 10 July 2017


oil pastels

working outside yesterday - sat in the shade, making marks with oil pastels - I have not worked with oil pastels for a few months so it was good to get them out again. I prefer to work outside when I can.

Hello, it's another warm and sunny July day. Thanks to everyone who visited my shop last week and purchased artwork, very much appreciated. It was a pleasure to put together packages and send to near and far. One of my most favourite things to do is put packages together and I hope you enjoy all the artworks received.

One of my least favourite things is paperwork - but that's what I am doing for some of my time this week. I have to do it and of course it is all part of being a self-employed person etc... but paperwork involving lists of numbers is ugh, anxiety and headache but eventually it all makes sense. I check and re-check all my sums but when it is done - yay! To balance the paperwork out I make time each day to work in my sketchbooks and make a start on new artworks.

My garden is starting to bloom and there are tomatoes just forming on plants. I'm hoping to share another gardening post some time soon and hope this might interest you.

I will share a post of sketchbook posts later this week - until then, take care and more soon.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

new work

mother and child

a small yet atmospheric monoprint drawing with additional ink wash

leaves and scissors

one of an ongoing series of book-form works - hybrid artworks, perhaps - or simply concertinas. This one is mixed media, with acrylics, gouache, linen, collage and monoprint drawing

bottle collection

bottle collection - a larger painting in acrylics

I am updating my shop tomorrow at 2pm UK - hope you will pop by to see the full selection of new work, thanks always

Monday, 3 July 2017


three paintings/books

concertinas - paintings/little books - acrylics and gouache

Hello, happy July - here we are moving toward the heart of summer (I think of mid-July as just about 'the heart', perhaps because that is the time schools finish here in England). I hope you are enjoying fine weather. Of course I know you may be in the southern hemisphere - I send quite a few packages to Australia and a one or two to New Zealand - many thanks! So I am mindful of the fact you are experiencing a different pattern of sun and days. We each live in our own microcosms, and what inspires me here in my modest house on the hill may be different to someone who lives just a hundred miles away, so to make international connections with people in many different countries is a great thing, something I value very much - thank you.

So, enough of the musings - I am posting this a little earlier than usual today as I am working all this afternoon and perhaps later this evening to complete work in progress. My shop will be updated this Wednesday at 2pm UK time. Expect to see a mix of paintings and drawings, including a lively selection of artist books works.

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

Saturday, 1 July 2017

new work

ginger tea

ginger tea - a larger painting - acrylics on Fabriano paper (size: 35.5cm x 30.5cm)

still life with green dish

still life with green dish - a larger painting - acrylics on Fabriano paper (size 36.5cm x 26.5cm)

I am currently working on a variety - my 'usual' eclectic mix of still lifes, portraits, drawings and more.... As well as the larger paintings above I am also making a few new artists books featuring still life objects and I hope to show you those soon.

figure standing in a stream

figure standing in a stream - gouache on Fabriano paper (size: 17.5cm x 13.5cm)

I hope you enjoy your weekend